Javits Fellowship

National Deadline:  Fellowship suspended for the year 2013-14

Eligibility requirements:

  • Individuals who at the time of application-- (1) will be entering a doctoral program in academic year 2013-2014 and/or who, at the time of application, have not yet completed their first full year of study in the doctoral program for which they are seeking support; (2) will be entering a Master of Fine Arts program in academic year 2013-2014 where the master's is the terminal highest degree awarded in the selected field of study.
  • Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States.
  • Applicants must be eligible to be accepted to or currently attending a graduate program leading to a doctorate or a terminal master's degree in an eligible field of study at an institution of higher education approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Education. Applicants attending a foreign institution are ineligible.
  • Demonstrated financial need (must complete and submit FAFSA)
  • Applicants must be studying in one of the Selected Fields of Study:
  • ARTS: creative writing: music performance, theory, composition, and literature; studio arts (including photography, television, film, and cinematography); and theater arts, playwriting, acting, and dance.
  • HUMANITIES: archaeology, area studies, classics, comparative literature, English language and literature, folklore and folklife, foreign languages and literature, less commonly taught languages [Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Indic family (Hindi, Urdu, Sinhala, Bengali, Nepali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese, etc.), Iranian family (Dari, Farsi, Tajiki, Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi, etc.), and Turkic family (Turkish, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, Uyghur, etc.)], history, linguistics, philosophy, religion*, speech, rhetoric, debate, art history
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES: anthropology, communications and media, criminology, economics, ethnic and cultural studies, geography, political science, psychology*, public policy and public administration, and sociology*.
  • Fellowships cannot be used for students studying for a religious vocation or for study for a Master's degree or Ph.D. in clinical psychology or social work

Award summary and conditions: This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability-selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise-to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. Twenty percent of the fellowships shall be awarded in the social sciences, twenty percent in the arts, and sixty percent in the humanities. A minimum of sixty percent of the awards shall be made to students who have no graduate credits. Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow's financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System.  The institutional payment for 2011 was $30,000; stipend was $13,755.

Application materials: An original and three copies of the following to be submitted in hard copy:

  • Applicant Information Form
  • Social Security Number
  • GRE scores (except in arts applications)
  • Transcripts (photocopies acceptable if legible)
  • Listing of honors and awards
  • Certification of Eligibility form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of recommendation-name of applicant on front, sealed and signature of writer across seal. DO NOT OPEN ENVELOPES.
  • Supporting arts materials

By January 31, 2011 applicants must file the new 2011 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

    Selection process: The evaluation of applications will be done in two parts. First, eligible applications will be read and rated by panels of academic scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences on the basis of demonstrated scholarly achievements and exceptional promise. Second, the applicant's financial need will be assessed based on the FAFSA.

    Announcement date:  March 1st

    Contact information: http://www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits