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George Washington Carver Fellowship

 Deadline: Friday, January 26th, 2018

Program Description

The George Washington Carver (GWC) Doctoral Fellowship is awarded annually to encourage students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI), or Tribal colleges, who have demonstrated superior academic achievements and scholarly abilities, to attend Purdue University. Recipients of this fellowship are doctoral-seeking students who aspire to a career as a professor in higher education.  The George Washington Carver Fellowship was initiated in honor of this great African-American educator, researcher, and innovator. The student recipient must have an admit date of fall 2017 or spring 2018.

Qualifications / Eligibility

The GWC Fellowship recipient must be:

  • A graduate of an HBCU or HSI, or have attended a Tribal college for two years;
  • A graduate of an accredited U.S. high school;
  • Aspiring to a career as a professor in higher education;
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to contribute to the diversity of the graduate student body through the recipient’s background, views and experiences as communicated in the diversity essay;
  • Admitted to the Graduate School, with an admit date of Fall 2018 or Spring 2019;
  • Demonstrating superior academic achievements and scholarly abilities.

(The selection committee utilizes the linked guidelines in determining the status of a HBCU, HSI, or Tribal College, and the guidelines established by the National Science Foundation in determining the eligibility of an academic discipline.)

Application & Selection Process

Students do not apply directly for the George Washington Carver Fellowship, but must complete the diversity essay, which is part of the Graduate School admission application. Graduate programs forward nominations of students, who meet the eligibility criteria, electronically to the Graduate School Fellowship Office.  The nomination must include: the student’s curriculum vitae (use as the cover sheet for the application), statement of purpose, diversity essay, letters of recommendation and transcripts and submit as one pdf file.  Selection of the Carver Fellow is conducted by members of the graduate faculty. At a minimum, the selection committee considers the student’s academic and scholarly achievements and abilities and ability to contribute to the diversity of the graduate student body, based upon the Graduate School admission application materials, including the diversity essay. The diversity essay should be 500 words or less, responding to the statement: Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. 


The tenure of the George Washington Carver Fellowship award is five years, contingent upon satisfactory progress as determined by the academic program. The Graduate School provides:

  • Stipend of $25,000 (estimate) ; Graduate School Fellow Scholarship;
  • Graduate Appointment Fee, Repair and Rehabilitation Fee, International Student Fee (where applicable), (Differential Fee is not paid);
  • Medical insurance supplement.

 Terms and Conditions

Recipients must:

  • Be enrolled and maintain status as Ph.D.-track students in a degree-granting graduate program at Purdue;
  • Register for at least eight credits in both the fall and the spring sessions and for at least six credits during the summer session. Fellows who are not registered during the summer session will not receive a stipend in June and July;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic and scholarly performance and progress and satisfactory work performance;
  • Maintain a valid e-mail address with the Fellowship Office;
  • Submit an Academic Progress Report each semester to the Fellowship Office;
  • Adhere to the Graduate School Fellowship guidelines.

Contact Information

The George Washington Carver Fellowships are administered by the Graduate School. Consult the Graduate School Fellowship Manual at for complete details regarding the George Washington Carver Fellowship and other Graduate School Fellowships. Questions may be addressed to the Fellowship Office, Graduate School, at 4-2598 or

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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