Graduate School Competitive Awards

Ernest E. Just-Percy L. Julian Graduate Research Assistantship

The Just-Julian Assistantship is designed to give Ph.D. students an opportunity to gain experience in their respective academic field by working as a research assistant on a faculty member's or an administrator’s research project or on their own project under the close guidance of a faculty member.  This award is intended to assist in preparing graduate students to undertake their own future research endeavor(s) and also to provide an opportunity to secure supplemental financial assistance through grant funding and/or other external funding sources. 

Edward Alexander Bouchet Doctoral Scholars Fellowship

The Edward Alexander Bouchet Doctoral Scholars Fellowship program is awarded to new Ph.D. students who are also new to the Graduate School. It is designed to recruit academically talented students with an interest in college or university teaching. Students may pursue Ph.D. studies in the Arts & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science disciplines at Howard University. The Edward Alexander Bouchet award is offered on a competitive basis upon recommendation by the candidate's prospective department chair and the Financial Aid Advisory Committee. 

Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowship

The Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars Fellowship program is awarded to new Ph.D. students who are also new to the Graduate School. It is designed to recruit academically talented students with an interest in college or university teaching. Students may pursue Ph.D. studies in the Arts & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science disciplines at Howard University. The Frederick Douglass award is offered on a competitive basis upon recommendation by the candidate's prospective department chair and the Financial Aid Advisory Committee. 

GEM Fellowship

GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also offers exposure opportunities to a number of opportunities in academe.

Hawthorne Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Hawthorne Dissertation Award is a non-service, merit-based award available to students admitted to candidacy and in the terminal year of Ph.D. studies.  Domestic and International Students are eligible for this award. This award is for one academic year and is non-renewable.  The award named for Edward Hawthorne, former Dean of the Graduate School, is designed to provide tuition for the fall and spring for students who have advanced to candidacy.  All award recipients are responsible for paying student fees to maintain their enrollment status.  The student activity fees are not included.  These fees must be paid each semester and are subject to increase.  This award is non-renewable and recipients are expected to receive the Ph.D. degree by May of the following year.

McNair Graduate Assistantship Program

The Ronald E. McNair Graduate Assistantship Program is awarded to new Ph.D. students who are also new to the Graduate School. It is designed to recruit academically talented students with an interest in college or university teaching. Students may pursue Ph.D. studies in the Arts & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science disciplines at Howard University. The Ronald E. McNair Graduate Assistantship Program award is offered on a competitive basis upon recommendation by the candidate's prospective department chair and the Financial Aid Advisory Committee. 

Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship Program

The Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation Fellowship (SYLFF) is designed to provide full financial support to outstanding Ph.D. students admitted to candidacy in the Social Science Division with a research concentration in international affairs and/or world peace. The SYLFF fellowship is a merit-based and competitive fellowship offered upon recommendation by the SYLFF Advisory Committee at Howard University.