About the Javits

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship was established to award fellowships to eligible students of superior ability, selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement and exceptional promise to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) at accredited institutions of higher education in selected fields of the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Targeted Fields

Selected fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


Is limited to students who at the time of application have no more than 30-semester hours or 45-quarter hours or equivalent of graduate credit applicable to the eligible field of study. Eligibility for fellowships to pursue a doctoral degree or the MFA that will not lead to an academic career is limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., certain other eligible non-citizens. Eligibility for fellowships to pursue a doctoral or MFA degree that will lead to an academic career is limited to U.S. citizens.


The Secretary of the Department of Education determines the fellowship stipend for the academic year, which is equal to the level of support that the National Science Foundation provides for its graduate fellowships, or the fellow's financial need, as determined by Part F of Title IV of the Higher Education Act, whichever is less.

Application Procedure

Visit the web site to download an application. Though a Campus Nomination is not necessary, students are encouraged to work through the Fellowships Office and Faculty Designate for the Javits. Project period is up to 48 months and there are an estimated 90 individual fellowships.

Application Deadline

Application deadline is in September.

See the Jacob K Javits Fellowship Program website