Graduate Fellowships

Named in honor of Georgetown University’s 28th President, Patrick Healy, the first African-American to earn a doctorate degree, and the first African-American President of Georgetown University (1874–1882), the Healy Fellowship is intended to further Georgetown’s commitment to creating a diverse community composed of the most qualified students.

The Program is designed to help recruit and retain graduate students who are talented individuals of the highest caliber and who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue a doctoral degree. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is committed to training diverse future faculty, researchers, and leaders who will enrich critical thinking, knowledge generation, and knowledge advancement across all disciplines. Diversity is a crucial element in preparing students for the service of others.

Healy Fellowships will be awarded to students whose background or experience, when evaluated holistically, suggests they are uniquely able to contribute to the diversity of the Georgetown community and to the academic profession as a whole.

Support will be provided to Patrick Healy Fellows for twelve months per year, for up to five years, assuming satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D.

For more information on the Patrick Healy Fellowship, please visit the Graduate Program website

Each year, the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation supports a limited number of Fellowships for women students in the fields of the Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science.

Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. Clare Boothe Luce was an American playwright, journalist, ambassador, and one of the first women elected to Congress. Her bequest established the program to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in science, math, and engineering fields in which women have been most underrepresented. To date, the program has supported more than 2800 students and faculty around the country.

For more information, please visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.

The Georgetown University Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (GU IMSD) reflects the institutional commitment to diversity and scientific workforce development. Leveraging an interdisciplinary network of more than 60 faculty across seven graduate programs and departments, the GU IMSD program will develop a diverse cadre of scholars prepared for careers in the biomedical scientific workforce.

Four trainees enter the IMSD each year and are supported for Years 1 and 2. Year 1 consists of foundational coursework in trainees’ respective disciplines, with access to interdepartmental electives, cohort development activities and research rotations. All IMSD Trainees will complete a core Survival Skills course that focuses on scientific rigor, science communications, proposal development and responsible conduct of research. Trainees will also complete a course that helps them navigate institutional cultures, develop leadership skills, and synergize their sociocultural and science identities.

Trainees participate in a peer coaching program that will provide them with a self-sustaining structure to problem-solve and address career development issues with a community of peers. Additionally, IMSD trainees will develop cross-sector professional management and communications skills by completing a project management and communications curriculum.

During Year 2, trainees will join thesis research laboratories and form cross-disciplinary mentorship teams tailored to their individual interests and career development needs. The mentoring team structure will broaden trainees’ scientific skills and career perspectives. Trainees will also have protected time to complete experiential learning internship projects with administrative partners on campus, or with offsite partners in industry or policy sectors.

For more information, please visit the IMSD website