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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Internal University Funding Sources

The following awards are available to graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and across the University as a whole.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship

This fellowship is available to students who are U.S. citizens, new to Boston University, and beginning graduate studies in any department or school of the University, and who are committed to the principles espoused by Dr. King. It provides a scholarship for full-time tuition at the GRS rate plus the Student Services and Health & Wellness fees, a stipend for living expenses, and Boston University basic health insurance. Students may not apply directly for this fellowship but are nominated by the department of admission. To be considered for this fellowship, a student should be in contact with the department of admission to request nomination, and provide to the department a statement describing his or her accomplishments in and commitment to social justice and community involvement. The deadline for nomination is February 20, 2015.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship

This one-year fellowship is open to entering and continuing graduate students who are U.S. citizens and who have displayed academic proficiency in a field related to race relations or urban problems. It provides a scholarship for full-time tuition at the GRS rate plus the Student Services and Health & Wellness fees, a stipend for living expenses, and Boston University basic health insurance. Application forms are available here: Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship 2015-2016.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The African Studies Center has a limited amount of funding for graduate students in the form of Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. For more information on FLAS Fellowships, please see the African Studies Center website.

For further information on internal funding sources, please see the Provost’s Office page on Award Opportunities.