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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 $24,000 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 electronically submitted by no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 27, 2023.


Frederick Douglass Application Checklist:

  • Application Form (PDF)

  • Transcript from current or most recently attended institution(an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

  • 1–2 page (double-spaced, 12 pt font) statement expressing your interests in joining the
    professoriate upon competition of the Ph.D.                            

  • 4-5 page (double-spaced, 12 pt font) statement that articulates your research interests and
    anticipates your research agenda in the Ph.D. program at Howard

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty who can speak to your readiness to
    pursue the Ph.D. and your commitment to joining the professoriate 


Submit single file PDF application to no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 27, 2023. Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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

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 note if you have questions pertaining to the application, e-mail Ms. Gloria Lloyd at

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO: by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 27, 2023.

Application and supporting documents must be submitted in a Single PDF File Electronically (all materials should be together in your single PDF file). IF NOT IN A SINGLE PDF FILE THEY WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. All materials must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. EST on Friday, January 27, 2023.

We encourage that your recommendation letters be a part of your Single PDF File if possible.   If not, we will accept only the recommendation letters separately.

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

Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2023

Funding Type: Fellowship

Related Degrees: Ph.D.

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