Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

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.

Sponsor: Department of Education


The Javits Fellowship is named for the late Senator Jacob Javits of New York and is awarded to approximately 300 students seeking graduate degrees in selected fields of study of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Awards are based on need and recipients are chosen by merit through a competitive process. A board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education, determines fields of study. Competitions are held annually for the awarding of the Javits Fellowship. Under this fellowship, students receive a stipend of up to $15,000 and tuition covering $10,375.


Javits does offer fellowships to students in psychology who are pursuing a terminal degree in the field; however, it excludes students studying clinical psychology. Eligibility is limited to undergraduate students about to enter graduate school and graduate students who have not yet completed their first year of graduate study and who intend to pursue a doctoral or master's degree, if the master's degree is the terminal or highest degree awarded in an approved field, may apply.  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.

How to Apply
For information on how to apply, please visit the Department Web site or contact the program via E-mail.