Scholarships

John Randolph and Dora Haynes Fellowship Award in California Governance

This merit award is given to a Political Science graduate student who is committed to “improving governance and polity in California politics” and will be judged by the applicant’s intellectual quality, academic performance and career aspirations.

Eligibility to apply:

  1. Be a graduate student in Political Science
  2. Submit a personal essay of two to three pages demonstrating interest in the improvement of the governance and polity of California
  3. Submit information about academic performance

All materials should be submitted to Academic Works by Monday, April 10, 2017.

The David Jenkins Scholarship

The David Jenkins Scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown the “greatest commitment to improving society through political activism.”

To apply for the scholarship, a student must:

  1. Be a graduate or undergraduate major of Political Science
  2. Submit a personal essay of two to three pages regarding her or his political activism.
  3. Submit at least two letters attesting to their commitment. One of these letters should come from a supervisor.

All materials should be submitted to Academic Works by Monday, April 10, 2017.

The Matt Stolz Prize for Political Theory

This spring, at graduation, the Department of Political Science will be handing out the sixth annual Matt Stolz Prize in Political Theory. The prize will go to an undergraduate who demonstrates excellence in the field of political theory.  The prize will be given out at the Political Science Graduation Ceremony on May 22nd, 2017.

The Matt Stolz Prize is named after a revered professor in the Political Science Department who sadly passed away. Professor Stolz dedicated decades of his life to this program and also pursued a life long love for political theory. The prize is meant to honor his commitment as well as to celebrate his life and his service to this department.

To apply for this prize, undergraduates should submit a sample of their writing (of approximately ten pages) in the subfield of political theory (most likely a paper submitted to a political theory class) to Academic Works by Monday, April 10, 2017. Award will be based on a committee evaluation of the papers and in consultation with the entire faculty.

The Matthew F. Stolz Scholarship in Political Science

*Not to be confused with the other Matt Stolz prize we currently offer for theory papers

*This fellowship will only cover the in-state tuition

This fellowship will cover a year's tuition* at SFSU minus $27.50 a semester (the amount of tuition it cost Matt Stolz when he went to school).

This fellowship is based on two things a) financial need and b) demonstrated interest in political theory.  It is intended for undergraduate political science majors to pay for their senior year at SFSU and also for incoming or present MA graduate students in political science to pay either for their first or second year of graduate school.

To apply please give a copy of your transcripts indicating the courses in political theory that you have taken here and give some evidence of financial need, whether it is a financial aid form, an income tax form, or some other form of evidence.

All materials should be submitted to Academic Works by Monday, April 10, 2017.

The Wasserman Prize for the Best Undergraduate and Graduate Paper

The papers should be submitted to Academic Works by April 10, 2017

Undergraduate papers should be 10 - 15 pages in length; graduate papers should be 15 - 20 pages.

The prize, including two cash awards of $100.00 (one to an undergraduate student, one to a graduate student), is named in honor of Louis Wasserman, a former professor in the department.

All entries will also be considered for publication in the Political Science Honor Society, Delta-Delta student journal coming out this year!

The winner of the scholarship will be honored at the Political Science Department graduation and awards ceremony on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The Gene Geisler Scholarship for Empirical Political Science (Graduate)

The purpose of this award is to support empirical political science and to promote empirical research among SF State Political Science students at the graduate level.

To apply students must
1) be a MA political science major at SFSU.
2) submit an original paper written within the past academic year that employs empirical methods
3) submit evidence of exceptional achievement in applying empirical methods to political topics.

 
All materials should be submitted to Academic Works by April 10, 2017

 

The Gene Geisler Scholarship for Empirical Political Science (Undergraduate)

The purpose of this award is to support empirical political science and to promote empirical research among SF State Political Science students at the undergraduate level.

To apply students must
1) be an undergraduate political science major at SFSU.
2) submit an original paper written within the past academic year that employs empirical methods
3) submit evidence of exceptional achievement in applying empirical methods to political topics.

All materials should be submitted to Academic Works by Monday, April 10, 2017.