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Fellowship Office


Official Website: www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html


The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program offers financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The program was originally designated the National Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) and was introduced into law by Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY). Senator Javits, long recognized for his support of education and the arts during his 24 years in the Senate, died on March 7, 1986. His Congressional colleagues honored him in 1986 by designating the NGFP the Jacob K. Javits Fellows Program.


Eligibility is limited to students who, at the time of application, have not yet completed their first year of graduate study or will be entering graduate school in academic year 2008-2009. Please note that the fifth year of a five-year, joint baccalaureate/master's degree program is considered to be graduate study.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., persons in the process of becoming U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and permanent residents of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, an individual who is enrolled or plans to enroll in a doctoral degree program that will lead to an academic career is eligible only if he or she is a citizen of the U.S. Applicants enrolling at a foreign institution are ineligible unless the institution is recognized by an accredited agency recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Education.


The Javits Fellowship Board annually announces the fields of study in which fellowships are to be awarded. The only eligible fields of study are those listed below. Applications submitted for study in fields not listed will be ruled ineligible and will not be reviewed.

Eligible fields are included within the Arts (Creative Writing, Music Performance, Theory, Composition, and Literature, Studio Arts, Photography, Television, Film, and Cinematography, Theater Arts, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Acting, and Dance ); within the Humanities (Archaeology, Area Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, English Language and Literature, Folklore, Folklife, Foreign Languages and Literature, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religion, Speech, Rhetoric, and Debate, Art History): and within the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communications and Media, Economics, Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, and Public Administration, Sociology).

Fellowships cannot be used at schools or departments of divinity, or for study in clinical psychology or social work.


Awards are made for one year, renewable to a maximum of four years. The award consists of two parts: a stipend to the Fellow for a 12-month period for personal expenses (based on need), and an institutional payment to be accepted by the institution on behalf of the Fellow in lieu of all tuition and fees.

Applications are available in late August and the deadline for submission is in the first week of October.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. James M. Calcagno, Fellowship Director
Professor, Department of Anthropology

Sullivan Hall 285
Loyola University Chicago
E-mail: jcalcag@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.3472


  1. Start your application as early as possible, preferably at least 4 months before the deadline. Prepare and leave time to write multiple drafts (perhaps 4-6) of your essays, which are critical to successful applications. Be sure to address how you can fulfill the mission of the organization when writing your essays.
  2. Although applications are not available until August, I recommend downloading the application from the previous year to work on, since generally applications change little from year to year. Once the new applications are out, you can transfer all relevant information, including good drafts of your essays.
  3. Contact your potential letter writers as soon as possible to give them time to write your letters, and ask if they will review and comment upon your essays. This will provide them with added information to improve upon their letter, and will provide you with helpful comments to improve your application. Although I hope to provide you with some comments, it is important that you receive advice from scholars whose work is more closely related to your chosen plans.

Updated: 7/2009


Fellowship Office
1032 W. Sheridan Road · Sullivan Center Rm 284 · Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3029 · Fax: 773.508.7088 · E-mail: jcalcag@luc.edu or Lknepshield@luc.edu

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