Summer Diversity Academy

The goal of the Summer Diversity Academy is to provide an opportunity for scholars underrepresented among public affairs faculty to receive quality feedback on research projects and mentoring advice on strategic planning of an academic career. The program will provide a one week in residence experience at the American University School of Public Affairs in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. The program is open to advanced PhD students and junior faculty. The program will provide constructive criticism for the participants from American University faculty and fellow attendees on the participants’ research projects. Additional sessions will focus on the publication process, peer reviewing of manuscripts, creating professional networks, and the job market in public affairs.

The second annual Academy will be held May 15-19, 2023. Transportation, lodging and meals will be provided by American University.

To apply, candidates should address a letter of application to by April 1, 2023.  Please include the following materials in your application:

1. A complete draft of a research paper that you would like to workshop at the Academy

2. A cover letter that includes your career goals, how you contribute to increasing diversity in the field of public affairs, and how your research interests fit with the expertise of the faculty in the School of Public Affairs. Feel free to suggest members of the faculty who you think would make a good mentor.

3. The names of two references. 

Faculty Mentors

Browse our list of faculty mentors for the Summer Diversity Academy


2023 Fellows

Announcing our 2023 Summer Academy Fellows