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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.


PLS 339 Winter 2019

PLS 339 Winter 2019

March 14, 2018

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Tuesdays / Thursdays 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

February 08, 2018

Professor John Constantelos was recognized with GVSU's Internationalization Award.

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

February 07, 2018

Professor Darren Walhof of GVSU's political science department talks on anti-discrimination laws and religious laws.

Allendale to Albania

Allendale to Albania

January 18, 2018

GVSU alumnus and mayor Erion Veliaj transforms Albania's capital city.

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

October 31, 2017

We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.

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World Affairs Council: "South Africa at a Crossroads: Implications for U.S.-South Africa Relations" on March 19, 2018

World Affairs Council: "South Africa at a Crossroads: Implications for U.S.-South Africa Relations"

March 19, 2018 6:00 PM

Recession and unemployment. Accusations of corruption. Internal divisions and public frustrations. Major issues threaten to bring down the African National Congress (ANC), the party that has governed...

Periods Gone Public on March 23, 2018

Periods Gone Public

March 23, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Taking a stand for menstrual equity. Periods should not hold anyone back, period.  Event Flyer

Mary Ann Peters on March 26, 2018

World Affairs Council: "Global Health: Equity, Ethics, and Eradication"

March 26, 2018 6:00 PM

The diseases that afflict the poorest of the poor are often neglected by the global health community. Virtually no one in the United States or Europe suffers from Guinea worm disease, or river blindness...

Political Science and International Relations Walk-in advising sessions on March 27, 2018

Political Science and International Relations Walk-in advising sessions

March 27, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

IR and PLS students are encouraged to drop into the political science office for registration-related advising on Tuesday, March 27 from 11am-2pm. No appointment is needed. 1121 AuSable:...

John H. Logie Fellows Programs on April 1, 2018

John H. Logie Fellows Programs

April 1, 2018 All Day

I want to remind you of the upcoming April 1 application deadline for the John H. Logie Fellows Programs and ask that you share this information with your colleagues and students.   The...

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