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W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowships

Department/Program Nomination Due Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018, by 4:45 p.m.

Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1896, and provided a standard of excellence for scholarship in any discipline and an especially inspiring model for black scholars. Because of the achievements of Dr. Du Bois, West Virginia University has named this fellowship program in his honor. This fellowship is open to African American/Black graduate and professional students, excluding students in the Health Sciences. 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 are paid over a 9-month period, during which time students must be enrolled full-time.
  • Awards provide up to three years of funding.
  • Students who are awarded this fellowship will be provided with summer University tuition waivers by request. 



Nominations must be submitted by an academic program; students cannot apply for this fellowship. Nominators should visit the Fellowship Nomination Information page for instructions on how to nominate students.