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 political science department is very pleased to offer the Dr. John T. Batchelder scholarship, funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The John T. Batchelder Political Science Scholarship honors 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:


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.


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.


Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization

November 17, 2015

Political Science minor Mollie Smith founds BRCAn't Stop Me.

PLS 302 Winter 2016

PLS 302 Winter 2016

October 13, 2015

Interested in the politics of Planned Parenthood? The War on Women? The gender wage gap? Or women in campaign and elections? Then check out this course offering!

Online Hybrid PLS 206

Online Hybrid PLS 206

October 08, 2015

New Online Hybrid Course - 1/2 asynchronous online - Meets in person every other week

New U.S. citizens Take Oath at DeVos Center

New U.S. citizens Take Oath at DeVos Center

October 05, 2015

New U.S. citizens take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the DeVos Center September 28

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

July 16, 2015

Recent PLS graduate, Chelsea Kendziorski, has had an article published in Pi Sigma Alpha's Undergraduate Journal

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Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

February 10, 2016 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our third annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...

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