Esther Ottley Fellowship

The Esther Ottley

The Esther Ottley Fellowship is a one-year, non-renewable award offered to a female doctoral student. The exemplar student should demonstrate the qualities of leadership exhibited by the former Dean of Howard’s Graduate School, Esther Ottley. Dr. Ottley is the only woman to serve as interim Dean from 1986 – 1988. The Ottley fellowship is merit-based and offered on a competitive basis upon the recommendation by the Financial Aid Advisory Committee of the Graduate School. The Ottley Fellowship recipient is required to be admitted to candidacy and participate in a 15-hour per week administrative internship assignment in the office of the Dean of the Graduate School in exchange for remission of tuition and a $24,000.00 stipend for the academic year. Domestic and International students are eligible for this fellowship. Candidates must be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy and enrolled with a minimum GPA requirement of 3.5.


Full tuition (not including fees) and a stipend of $24,000 for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.  The Esther Ottley fellow is required to participate in a 15-hour per week rotated internship under the supervision of the Dean of the Graduate School beginning in mid-August and ending in mid-May for each academic year.

Application Deadline

Application must be electronically submitted by no later than 5:00 p.m., EST on Friday, January 12, 2024.


Applicants must submit in a single PDF file the documents in the following order:

  • Esther Ottley Fellowship Application Form (PDF)
  • Transcript from Howard University
  • Approved Candidacy Form
  • Statement of the applicant’s interest in educational leadership
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • One (1) letter from a public service and/or humanitarian experience
    • Two (2) letters from faculty members at Howard University attesting to the academic achievement and leadership qualities of the applicant


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

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

Submit single file PDF application to no later than 5:00 p.m., EST on Friday, January 12, 2024. Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO: by 5:00 p.m. EST, on Friday, January 12, 2024.

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 12, 2024.

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 Esther Ottley Graduate Assistantship Review Committee”)

Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2024

Funding Type: Fellowship

Related Degrees: Ph.D.