Political Science Predoctoral Summer Institute

June 12 – 16, 2023 
Georgetown University
Washington DC

Applications for June 2023 are open now and EXTENDED through March 15, 2023.

The Georgetown University Political Science Predoctoral Summer Institute is a week-long training program for students who are considering pursuing a PhD in political science or a closely related field. The Institute offers an opportunity to meet other undergraduate students with similar interests, and to interact and network with faculty and graduate students from Georgetown University. You will learn more about the substance and methods of political science and about political science PhD programs, discuss your research interests, and workshop application materials.

You can find the curriculum for the 2022 PS-PSI here.

What are our goals?

The discipline of political science poses and answers critical questions about governance and power. The questions our discipline asks depend in large part on who is posing them. For political science to contribute to meeting the diverse challenges of the 21st century, faculty and graduate students must have the background, expertise, and perspective to engage in fundamentally new thinking, questioning, and theorizing. The Political Science Predoctoral Summer Institute (PS-PSI) seeks to encourage those outcomes by increasing the diversity of applicants to political science PhD programs; boosting the acceptance rate of under-represented and disadvantaged students; enhancing the diversity of PhD programs; and thereby improving inclusion and equity in the profession and contributing to a more comprehensive study of politics. 

What is included?

The PS-PSI pays for your travel expenses and for your lodging at Georgetown, and provides you with a $1,000 stipend. We offer you relevant materials in advance of the PS-PSI to help you prepare; provide the materials you will use at the Institute; and connect you with excellent resources to help you continue your path forward after the Institute.

Who should apply?

We encourage applications from juniors and seniors attending colleges and universities in DC, DE, MD, VA, and WV, who are majoring in and have demonstrated academic achievement in political science or a similar field of study, and hope to apply to a doctoral program in the next two years. The Institute is especially interested in students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds who are likely to contribute to political science meeting the diverse challenges of the 21st century. 

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for some additional thoughts and suggestions about the PS-PSI and applying to join us.

Support to the Political Science Predoctoral Summer Institute

The Political Science Predoctoral Summer Institute is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor, as well as support from the American Political Science Association (APSA) and several Georgetown University units including the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Foreign Service, and the Department of Government.

Additional support for the PS-PSI has been provided through faculty and staff participation, as well as in-kind contributions by Georgetown University offices and centers, such as the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA), the Center for Social Justice (CSJ), the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarships (CNDLS), the Gender ⁺ Justice Initiative and the Center for Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).