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The department emails current students with up-to-date information on the John T. Batchelder Scholarship, the Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship, as well as other current scholarships and opportunities for political science students. If you have any questions, please email us:  

We work closely with GVSU's Office of Fellowships to help students compete for national scholarships and fellowships. Consult the Office of Fellowships for detailed information on opportunities related to social sciences, public service, the environment, international study and graduate school.


The John T. Batchelder scholarship is funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The scholarship honors Dr. John Thayer Batchelder who served as a Grand Valley State University professor until his retirement in 1997.

The main requirements are:
-political science major
-3.3. overall and major GPA
-entering junior year carrying at least 55 credits
-submit a transcript and one page essay

Applications are accepted via GVSU's MyScholarships website:



Timothy R. Zeeb, who graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2002 with a major in International Relations and minors in Political Science and German, has established the Adam M. Malson Memorial Scholarship in honor of his dear friend and fallen hero, 1st Lieutenant Adam M. Malson. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student in Political Science or International Relations with the cost of their education. To qualify for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) with a major in Political Science or International Relations
  • Student should be making university Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • Preference will be given to students with military service

Applications are accepted via GVSU's MyScholarships website:



Every year the GVSU Department of Political Science runs the Henry Internship competition. The Henry Internship places a GVSU student -- the Henry Scholar -- in the Washington, D.C., offices of one of Michigan's Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer academic session. The Paul B. Henry Foundation pays a stipend of at least $2,000 to defray the costs of travel and living expenses, and interns get academic credit for their work. The GVSU Alumni Association's DC Chapter adds a special dimension to the program through mentorship and support of GVSU interns.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of 55 credits by the end of the Winter semester before the summer and are expected to make a brief presentation about their experiences at GVSU.

Applications are accepted via GVSU's MyScholarships website:



The John H. Logie Fellows Program provides an opportunity for Grand Valley Students to contribute to Grand Rapids city government. This program is organized by the Provost's office. More information can be found here.


Batchelder Scholarship Winners

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

May 19, 2017

Gabrielle Lewis and Estefany Paniagua-Pardo are the winners of the John T. Batchelder Scholarship.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

May 12, 2017

Audrey Tappenden received the Excellence in a Discipline Award.

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

May 08, 2017

GVSU Political Science alumnus Eri Veliaj delivered the April Commencement address.

Midwest Model EU

Midwest Model EU

May 08, 2017

GVSU Delegation Attends Midwest Model European Union.

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 10, 2017

Jessica Baniukatis's paper, "Saakashvili the State-Builder: Establishing State Capacity and its Consequences for Democratization in Georgia" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2016.

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Events on September 27, 2017


September 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Presenter: Shannon Garrett, SMG Strategies The decisions of your local governments impact your life daily – from roads to schools to the color of your house. Backyard Civics 101 will demystify...

Never Let Me Go on October 12, 2017

Human Rights Pizza & Movie Night : "Never Let Me Go"

October 12, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths.This movie poses the fundamental question: What makes us human? Kathy,Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us,...

Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors Logo on October 16, 2017

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

October 16, 2017 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern – Winter 2018 Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity...

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