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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.



The nominee’s academic promise must be substantial. Fellowship nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of Graduate Council faculty representatives who will review all nominees based on the following criteria:

  • GPA;
  • Strength of graduate admissions application essay (if required for application) and standardized test score (if required for application);
  • Strength of graduate application letters of recommendation;
  • Strength of CV or resume; and
  • Strength of letter of support from the WVU program or faculty member making the nomination.


Nominators should visit the Fellowship Nomination Information and Procedures page for instructions on how to nominate students for this fellowship.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Education and Life at or 304.293.7173 for assistance.