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MPSA Election of New Council Members and Officers

The election of the new cohort of MPSA Council Members and Officers traditionally occurs during the annual business meeting at the MPSA conference. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the 2020 MPSA conference to be cancelled, however the MPSA bylaws allow for votes to be held electronically. MPSA members are encouraged to review the slate of nominees proposed by the 2019-2020 Nominating Committee and submit their ballot by the deadline date of August 13. To authenticate your identity and eligibility to vote, you will need to provide your MPSA member/contact ID number. If you have any questions about the MPSA election or if you do not receive a ballot, please contact us at

Political Science Research Exchange

Following the cancellation of the annual conference, MPSA created a new hub for sharing research and getting feedback: The Political Science Research ExchangeThe deadline for research submissions was Monday, May 11. Thank you to all who are participating by submitting to our 2020 Conference Repository of Papers and Slidecast presentations, and to those who have volunteered to serve as a discussant. Discussants and research are currently being matched and participants will be contacted as soon as matches are made and papers are made available.

Funding Opportunities: Grants and Fellowships


Bert and Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science Call for Nominations

The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science promotes the value of education by supporting and rewarding undergraduate papers that best combine innovation, breadth of knowledge, and good writing within the field of Political Science. The prize consists of a $1,000 cash award, plaque, on-line publication of the winning paper, plaque, one-year membership in the Western Social Science Association, and reimbursement for travel to the WSSA annual convention to accept the Prize (up to $1,000). Visit for more information. Deadline for nominations is February 19, 2021.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Accepting Applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

At a time when we face global challenges, international engagement is more important than ever. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for scholars in all disciplines to advance their research and teaching interests, promote mutual understanding, and collaborate with scholars abroad.  We have opportunities to match your goals and availability.  There are over 450 awards in more than 125 countries, and many are open to all disciplines.  The complete list of opportunities can be found in the Catalog of Awards.  Opportunities range from 2 to 12 months in length and include flexible options for multiple shorter visits to many host countries.  Additionally, some awards provide dependent support for scholars wishing to bring family members.  The program is accepting applications for the 2021 – 2022 academic year through September 15, 2020.  U.S. citizenship is required. 


IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement Seeks Advisors  

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) through their Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) program seeks advisors who commit to offering time, advice, and/or networks to help IIE-SRF fellows overcome obstacles that may prevent the fellow from reaching her or his career goals. Fellows are accomplished scholars who having faced threats to their lives and careers in their home countries, have been awarded one- to two-year fellowships worldwide to resume their research and teaching. Advisorships are among the most effective ways for displaced fellows to work through challenges  to securing longer-term positions and opportunities in academia and related sectors. Possible advisor roles include CV/resume assistance, cover letter preparation, career advice, etc. For additional information, please visit the IIE-SRF PSA program page or contact Olga Gregorian at 

An Invitation to Submit News Items 

Please share news of promotions, awards (calls for nomination and recipient announcements welcome), and other good news by submitting the information via this brief form. MPSA staff will verify the information prior to sharing on the website, in the monthly newsletter (delivered mid-month), and in social media (as appropriate).