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Meet 2017 MFP Fellow, Naomi Tolbert

Naomi Tolbert (RBSI 2016) is a senior at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, double majoring in political science with a specialization in international affairs and international studies with a focus area in the Middle East and Northern Africa. She currently serves as the student trustee on the SIU Board of Trustees. She is the co-chair for the University Diversity Council and works as the Diversity Specialist under the System’s President and the Chief Diversity Officer. She serves as the co-chair of the Student Advisory Board and is the Vice President of Intercultural Experiences and Diversity within the Honors Program. Naomi is a SIUC Four Year Excellence Scholar and a Horatio Alger In-State Scholar. She is also a Political Science Ambassador and has been recognized for high honors on the Liberal Arts Dean’s List. As a first generation, minority student, Naomi received the opportunity to participate in the 2016 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and the McNair Scholar’s summer research program at SIUC, where she received second place at the summer end symposium. Currently completing her third Undergraduate Research Assistantship, Naomi is conducting research on the variation of racial attitudes and perceptions between racial groups. See all current MFP bios.

The 2017 APSA Spring Minority Fellowship Program for first and second year graduate students deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. Submit your application here.


About the APSA Minority Fellowship Program
The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. Each year, APSA awards up to 12 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000. Learn more here.