Financial Support

ICPSR offers two primary means of financial support for attendance in the Summer Program: discounted fees for participants from ICPSR member institutions and several fee-waiver ICPSR scholarships. Additionally, some external organizations provide scholarships and financial support.

The main financial support ICPSR offers for attendance in the Summer Program is a substantial discount on registration fees for current students, faculty, staff, and researchers at ICPSR member institutions. This discount is half the fee rate paid by participants from non-member institutions. To determine if you are eligible for this discount, please check our complete list of ICPSR member institutions.

ICPSR Scholarships

The ICPSR Summer Program offers several fee-waiver scholarships to support graduate students and pre-tenure scholars who want to participate in the Summer Program's four-week sessions. The scholarships are targeted toward specific substantive fields and academic disciplines. No scholarships or fee waivers are available for attendance in the Summer Program's three- to five-day statistical workshops.

The selection process for each scholarship is highly competitive. Preference is given to advanced PhD students who are focusing on methodology and statistical analysis, unless stated otherwise in a specific scholarship description.

Non-ICPSR Scholarships

Several external organizations provide fee waivers and scholarships to support attendance in the Summer Program. Eligibility criteria and application protocols are set by these non-ICPSR organizations; please contact them for more information.

  • Empirical Implications for Theoretical Models (EITM) conducts summer institutes for graduate students in political science to improve participants' ability to address a variety of critical research questions, leveraging interactions between theoretical models and empirical efforts.

    EITM Certification Scholarships cover the registration fee for one or both four-week sessions of the ICPSR Summer Program. For application information and eligibility criteria, check the EITM website. The deadline to apply for a 2015 EITM Certification Scholarship (which covers registration fees for the 2015 ICPSR Summer Program) is 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 30, 2015.

  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier and John A. Garcia Scholarships are awarded by the Society for Political Methodology to encourage women and minority graduate students in political science to attend the ICPSR Summer Program.

    The Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. The scholarship is awarded to up to three women graduate students in Ph.D. programs. The Garcia Award is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. The scholarship is awarded to up to three minority graduate students in Ph.D. programs.

    Applicants for either scholarship should visit the Society for Political Methodology website.

  • ISR-Rackham Summer Training Awards support University of Michigan graduate students in Division III only (Social Sciences) to take summer courses offered by the ICPSR Summer Program or the SRC Summer Institute. The funds are specifically for current graduate students for whom such courses would significantly contribute to their graduate education. For specific details about the awards, please refer to the 2014 application form (PDF 108K).

  • The NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods is provided by the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) and is intended to encourage black graduate students and faculty to attend the ICPSR Summer Program in order to advance their quantitative skills. The Founders Fellowship is a waiver of registration fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. To be eligible, applicants must be a current member of the NBGSA.

  • The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award for Quantitative Methods Training is awarded by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and provides a waiver of registration fees for one or both of the four-week sessions. The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award is intended to encourage attendance in the ICPSR Summer Program by faculty and graduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as women and minority graduate students and faculty at other institutions.

Other External Funding Sources

Many academic institutions provide scholarships or support to attend the ICPSR Summer Program. Please ask your graduate department, local institution, organization, or professional association about funding possibilities.

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