The Harvard Department of Government


Interested in applying to graduate programs in political science?

Great! The Harvard Department of Government (academic political science) community is thrilled to announce the third annual Political Science-Prep (PS-Prep), an informational and mentoring event for individuals interested in pursuing doctorates in political science.


Who is this program for?

The goal of this workshop is to help students from historically minoritized groups with their applications to graduate school in political science. If you hold membership in one or more underrepresented and/or historically minoritized groups, including but not limited to, non-cis-gendered individuals, members of the queer community, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), individuals who are differently-abled or who experience disability, first-generation college students, and those from low-income / low-resource backgrounds, then this program is for you! Further, if you think you may fall into one of these groups, but aren't quite sure, we encourage you to submit an application anyway. Interested applicants from any institution or organization are invited to apply!


Why is Harvard Government doing this?

The Harvard Department of Government is actively and intentionally committing to building an inclusive field. While we intend to be more intentional about increasing diversity and support for diverse individuals within our own department, we also feel strongly that we should help historically minoritized individuals pursue training in political science no matter what institutions they're interested in, because the field needs everything you have to offer! As such, our goal in offering this workshop is to help you put your best foot forward as you apply widely for training opportunities in political science.


What is the format?

Our community of graduate students and faculty will hold a free day of informal panel discussions. You will also be paired with current members of our department (i.e., faculty and graduate students) who will provide structured feedback on the materials you intend to use to apply to Ph.D. programs in political science.


What will the application feedback portion look like?

You will receive feedback on your research statement, or a brainstorm about how to approach it if you haven’t started yet.


How do I apply?

Click here to apply!


What's the application like?

The application is estimated to take between 7 and 15 minutes. It consists of a few quick questions about your background and identities that you hold, as well as a single short response question asking for information about you, your interests, research experience, and why you're interested in this program. This application is meant to be very informal!


Is this only for people who are applying to positions at Harvard?

Nope! You can apply to this workshop regardless of whether or not you plan to apply to Harvard (though we hope you'll apply to Harvard as well)! Please Note: that this event is NOT associated with admissions to Harvard University.


How are participants selected?

We will first review applications to ensure selection criteria are met. Then, we will randomly select from this pool by sub-discipline (i.e., American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory) to form a cohort for the event. We are using random selection to comprise the final cohort of attendees to ensure a maximally equitable selection process. 


Important Dates:

  • Friday, November 4th, 2022: PS Prep applications are due

  • Monday, November 7th, 2022: you will receive email notification of PS prep admission decision

  • Saturday, November 12th, 2022: the informal, live event will take place virtually (via Zoom)

  • Week of November 14th: Peer/faculty feedback on application materials


Eligibility Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age


Important Notes:

  • Priority will be given to individuals who are planning on applying for Ph.D. programs in political science THIS CYCLE (i.e., Fall 2022)



If you have questions about this event or the application, please email