Javits Fellowship


The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program honors Senator Javits, long recognized for his support of education and the arts during his 24 years in the U.S. Senate. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, 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.

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. In fiscal year 2009, the institutional payment was $13,552 and the maximum stipend was $30,000. For fiscal year 2010, the maximum stipend will be $30,000, and the institutional payment is estimated to be $13,755


Eligibility is limited to individuals who either

  • will be entering a doctoral program in academic year 2010-2011 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; or
  • will be entering a Master of Fine Arts program in academic year 2010-2011 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.

Eligibility is limited to individuals who, as Javits fellows, will be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance pursuant to Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Students who have already received a Javits fellowship in previous years are not eligible.


Institutional nominations are not required.  Students apply directly to the Javits program through the website given below. 

All applicants are required to submit a FAFSA form as part of the application process.   Other required elements of the application include:

  • Applicant Information Form
  • Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Certifications and Assurances forms

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required.  The recommendations should be from faculty members who are well acquainted with an applicant's work, academic merit and promise, and are, preferably, from the applicant's proposed field of study, should complete the letters.

Application Schedule and Deadlines

Early October               Deadline for receipt of all materials

(check Javits website for current dates)


For more information and the application form, see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html.