Jacob Javits Fellowship


This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.


Eligibility is limited to individuals who at the time of application-- (1) will be entering a doctoral program in academic year 2009-2010 and/or who, at the time of application, have not yet completed their first full year of study in the doctoral program for which they are seeking support; (2) will be entering a Master of Fine Arts program in academic year 2009-2010 where the master’s is the terminal highest degree awarded in the selected field of study.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid in year that they apply for the fellowship.

Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States. 

Javits Fellowships must be used at an accredited U.S. College or university.


Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow's financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System. In fiscal year 2007, the institutional payment was $12,627 and the maximum stipend was $30,000. For fiscal year 2008, the maximum stipend will be $30,000, and the institutional payment will be $12,891.

Application Deadlines:

Competitions are held annually.
Last competition: FY 2009. Deadline for transmittal of applications: October 3, 2008.

Please note that the FY 2009 competition is now closed. The archived FY 2009 Javits application is available below in MS Word and PDF formats for reference only.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required as part of the application for a Javits fellowship in order to complete the financial need calculation. Applicants must submit the FY 2009 FAFSA, which will be available on January 1, 2009, and must submit the form no later than January 31, 2009. Applicants may obtain a copy of the FAFSA at the Web address below or from their institution's financial aid office. Note: Applicants are encouraged to submit the FAFSA electronically since the electronic filing is faster (as much as 7 to 14 days faster) than filing a paper FAFSA.

Applicants may download the application directly from the Javits website.The application and accompanying materials are submitted directly to the Javits Program.



The City University of New York