This list of fellowships for students and graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) includes mentorship opportunities, career development, and funding. These fellowships offer hands-on experience in various fields including journalism, venture capital, cybersecurity, basketball business, public history, museum management, research, and education.
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The Columbia University School of Professional Studies offers a fellowship program for Historically Black College and University graduates. The fellowship is designed to prepare talented and high-performing HBCU graduates to innovate and drive community impact, and advance their professional industries through program engagement, mentorship, and career development opportunities. To be eligible for the fellowship, students must meet current HBCU seniors or recent graduates. The Columbia University HBCU Fellowship Program Benefits include full tuition, On-campus housing, community engagement and programming, a stipend, and access to the global Columbia University alumni network.
The HBCU Digital Media Fellowship offers five students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) hands-on experience during the annual three-day Online News Association Conference. The conference provides the students with high-profile exposure and advanced practical knowledge of emerging technologies, tools, and approaches to media, reporting, and distributing news online. Fellows participate in networking and receive training from industry leaders. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports the fellowship annually, each fellow receives a free conference registration to ONA and a one-year ONA membership.
HBCUvc offers a fellowship and paid summer internship in the venture capital, tech, and entrepreneurship industries. The HBCUvc cohort is specifically for HBCU undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni. Candidates for this program who are currently enrolled at an HBCU should have a minimum of 24 credit hours. HBCUvc’s fellowship offers various internship sites across the U.S. for the cohort. Fellows receive two weeks of foundational investment and entrepreneurship training, followed by ten weeks of hands-on, paid experience during their summer internship at an HBCUvc partner venture capital firm (firm locations throughout the U.S & specifically in Chicago).
Interested in applying to this fellowship? Read our interview with HBCUvc Fellows Terrence Battle and Nyland Sidifall. In it, they share their fellowship experience and application tips.
The Department of Homeland Security sponsors the Intelligence and Cybersecurity Diversity Fellowship Program. The fellowship is designed to help the DHS recruit, retain, and reward the best and brightest in the fields of intelligence or cybersecurity. The program provides qualified students opportunities to work alongside highly skilled intelligence or cybersecurity professionals at DHS, gain hands-on technical experience, interact with experts and peers at professional development events and expand their professional network at national conferences. The 12-week program immerses participants in a federal work environment. The fellows collaborate with subject matter expert mentors on projects and perform assigned tasks on the intelligence and cybersecurity track.
The NBA Foundation aims to provide career development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The NBA Foundation offers the HBCU Fellowship Program in the business of basketball. Fellows are selected by NBA teams and the league office to work within various departments, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, legal, social responsibility, and marketing. The Fellowship Program is a paid 10-week summer internship program and will run from June – August.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers the Robert Frederick Smith Applied Public History Fellowship for HBCU Graduates. The paid fellowship provides a two-year full-time advanced training and scholarly support appointment in Washington, DC, and focuses on public history, museum management, outreach programming, and partnership building. Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree and must have at least one degree from a Historically Black College or University. This fellowship is best suited for a recent master’s degree recipient with some professional experience. A stipend amount of $50,400 per year, $10,800 per year for individual health insurance, and $2,500 per year for research and conference travel.
The Virginia HBCU Fellowship provides funds for humanities research of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) scholars affiliated with Virginia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As part of the fellowship, the fellows will have the option to choose another expert in their field of study to review and critique their research as well as network, engage, and collaborate with other scholars. Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $5,000 per month, for up to a 9-month term.
The Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship is a leadership and talent development initiative aimed at building a robust pipeline of high-achieving African Americans engaged in education reform in America. The program selects students who have demonstrated leadership experience and community service to participate in a leadership conference and professional development training. After the leadership conference, fellows participate in a paid summer internship. The internship exposes the fellows to professional careers at leading K-12 education organizations focused on areas such as advocacy, policy, research, school operations, and teaching. All majors are welcome to apply. Applicants must be a junior enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate.
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