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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..  


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.  


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 must be submitted by the Third Friday in January of every academic year.


Applicants should submit a total of SIX (6) completed packages: ONE (1) original complete package and FIVE (5) copies of the completed package:

1 Completed Original Frederick Douglass Application Form (PDF) and 5 copies

1 Official, seal transcript from current or most recently attended institution and 5 copies

1 Five-page scholarly academic or research writing sample and 5 copies

1 Statement addressing how the professoriate fits into the candidate’s career goals and 5 copies

3 letters of recommendation:

  • 1 from the prospective, academic chair at Howard and 5 copies
  • 2 from faculty members at the current or most recently attended institution and 5 copies



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.

Please keep in mind, if applications are incomplete for any reasons (i.e., not completely filled out, insufficient number of copies submitted, missing any 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, we encourage you to call the Office of Graduate Student Affairs at 202-806-4676. 


The Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars Review Committee
c/o Office of Administration and Finance
Howard University Graduate School
Annex III Building, Room 200
4th & College Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20059

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021

Funding Type: Fellowship

Related Degrees: Ph.D.

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