Whitney Young, Jr. Fellowship

Boston University annually awards the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Whitney M. Young, Jr., particularly in the fields of social work, urban studies, and Afro-American Studies.

The fellowship is available to entering or continuing graduate students who are U.S. citizens pursuing master’s, doctoral, or professional degrees in any department or school. The recipient of this award will be selected on the basis of having displayed academic proficiency and future promise in a field related to social justice.

The one-year fellowship provides full-time tuition, a $27,318 stipend for living expenses, the Student Services and Health & Wellness fees, and Boston University Student Basic Medical Insurance Plan for one year.

Application Process

Students may no longer apply directly for this award. Candidates are nominated by the department of admission. Please note, nominations for current students can come from their Department/Program Director.

The nominating department should provide the following in 1 single collated PDF:

  1. a cover memo describing the academic qualifications of the nominee as well as their work and commitment to social justice causes
  2. a copy of the nominees CV/Resume
  3. a copy of the nominee’s most recent transcript (unofficial is fine)
  4. a written statement from nominee’s describing his or her academic and professional accomplishments in and commitment to social justice, with a focus on the fields of social work, Afro-American Studies, and urban studies
    • 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 this statement.

All nominee materials will be submitted into the following Qualtrics Portal.

The deadline for nomination is February 15, 2024.

Deadline: February 15, 2024

To learn about our previous Whitney Young, Jr. Fellowship Winners, visit our winner profiles website.