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Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars Fellowship Program

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..  

ELIGIBILITY

Candidates must be first time applicants to the Graduate School at Howard University in all disciplines. Howard University Graduate School admissions applications to Ph.D. programs for the Fall semester must be submitted prior to the Frederick Douglass deadline. The minimum cumulative GPA requirement from the applicant's current or most recently attended institution is 3.5.  

TERMS

Full remission of tuition (not including student activity fees) and a stipend of $20,000 for the fall and spring semesters. Successful applicants will be offered the award for one year and must hold a master's degree.

Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars are required to: (1) participate in a 15-hour per week supervised research assignment during each academic year; (2) maintain a GPA of 3.5 and above; (3) submit an outlined written approval by their advisors on required assignment for the academic year; (4) take part in the Graduate School’s Annual Research Day; (5) participate in Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) and (6) not hold outside employment. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Application must be electronically submitted by no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowship Application 

Frederick Douglass Application Checklist

  • Application Form (PDF)

  • Transcript from current or most recently attended institution

  • Five-page scholarly academic or research writing sample or publication (single spaced, Times Roman or equivalent, 12 font)

  • Statement addressing how the professoriate fits into the candidate’s career goals

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

    • One (1) letter from the prospective academic chair or program director at Howard University

    • Two (2) letters from faculty members at the current or most recently attended institution

Submit single file PDF application to graduateschool@howard.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29, 2021. Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

APPLICATION

Applicants must submit a single PDF file electronically no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29, 2021. The documents in the single PDF file must be organized as follow:

  • Completed Frederick Douglass application (PDF)

  • Transcript from current or most recently attended institution

  • Five-page scholarly academic or research writing sample or publication (single spaced, Times Roman or equivalent, 12 font)

  • Statement addressing how the professoriate fits into the candidate’s career goals

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

    • One (1) letter from the prospective academic chair or program director at Howard University

    • Two (2) letters from faculty members at the current or most recently attended institution

DO NOT INCLUDE MATERIALS THAT ARE NOT LISTED ABOVE.

Applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Advisory Committee and recommended to the Dean for approval. Applicants will be notified upon the Dean’s approval.

If applications are late or incomplete for any reason (i.e., not completely filled out or missing required documents, etc.) they will not be reviewed by the Financial Aid Advisory Committee. Applicants will NOT be notified in this event

Please note if you have questions pertaining to the application, e-mail Ms. Gloria Lloyd at glloyd@howard.edu.

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO: 

GraduateSchool@howard.edu by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29, 2021.

(The subject line in the transmittal e-mail must read the “The Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars Review Committee”)

Funding Type: Fellowship

Related Degrees: Ph.D.

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