Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship

Boston University annually awards a limited number of Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowships to outstanding incoming graduate students who are committed to the social justice principles espoused by Dr. King.

The fellowship is available to U.S. citizens who are incoming students at Boston University beginning master’s, doctoral, or professional degrees in any department or school.

Up to three years of full-time tuition, plus the Student Services and Health & Wellness fees, a stipend of $25,134 for living expenses, and Boston University basic health insurance. Some schools or programs supplement the stipend with additional funding.

Students may not apply directly for this award. Candidates 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 nominating department should provide a cover memo describing the qualifications of the nominee and a PDF of the nominee’s complete graduate application and send the document to the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs at

The deadline for nomination is February 15, 2023.

To learn about our previous Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Winners, visit our winner profiles website.