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W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowships

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship is open to African American/Black graduate and professional students, excluding students in the Health Sciences, to celebrate excellence in scholarship in any discipline, particularly among black scholars.

The fellowship is named after Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1896.

Selection is competitive on the basis of academic merit and potential for success in graduate or professional study.

The Du Bois Fellowships provide an annual stipend of $19,000, waiver of University tuition, a College tuition scholarship (fall and spring terms), payment of University fees, and graduate student health insurance coverage. Awards provide up to three years of funding.

Awards are paid over a 9-month period, during which time students must be enrolled full-time.

Students who are awarded this fellowship will be provided with summer University tuition waivers by request.


  • Nominees must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Nominees must be African-American/Black.
  • Nominees must be incoming (Fall 2024) graduate students; students admitted for the Spring 2025 and Summer 2025 terms are also eligible.
  • Nominees must have completed an application for on-campus, Fall 2024 admission to a Ph.D. program, J.D., or a College of Creative Arts graduate program no later than the time the fellowship nomination is submitted. Note: Health Sciences doctoral students may not be nominated for this fellowship.
  • Nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 for undergraduate or 3.5 for graduate course work.
  • Health Sciences Center students are not eligible for this award.


Nominations must be submitted by an academic program; students cannot apply for this fellowship.

Nominators should visit the Fellowships Nomination Information page for instructions on how to nominate students.