HBCU Students Can Apply for Inaugural Du Bois Scholars Program

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The Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H&LS) program has developed the Du Bois Scholars Program, a 9-week summer research internship at Harvard College for scholars from HBCUs with a focus on research. The program is named after renowned scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, who was both Harvard’s first Black Ph.D. recipient and a Fisk University alumnus. The application for the inaugural cohort is open until March 11.

“HBCUs have always played a crucial role in educating exceptional researchers,” said Roeshana Moore-Evans, executive director of the H&LS initiative. “Through the Du Bois Scholars Program, we aim to contribute to those efforts by providing HBCU undergraduates with exposure to cutting-edge research and methodologies at Harvard while also facilitating opportunities for Harvard undergraduates to work with and learn from their HBCU peers.” H&LS aims to address systematic injustices by visible, durable, and effective action that aligns with Harvard’s educational purpose, based on the recommendations and findings of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery. H&LS’s Du Bois Scholars Program will use the University’s educational and research resources to develop ties with HBCUs while also providing participants with learning and networking opportunities.

During the application process, scholars choose a project and faculty mentor to work with over the summer. While on campus, up to 20 scholars will receive personalized hands-on mentoring, be immersed in a demanding research and learning atmosphere, and attend networking events. Scholars will be able to lay the groundwork for a lifelong network of academic colleagues by collaborating with students from other participating universities and Harvard. During the last week of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village, scholars will share their research successes to peers, faculty mentors, and other Research Village residents.Shahara C. Jackson, who leads HBCU Strategic Initiatives as part of the H&LS effort, was instrumental in developing this program and will continue to be a valuable resource for scholars and HBCU partners.

Applicants must be rising juniors and seniors with good academic standing from one of the 18 partner R2 and research-intensive HBCUs. All scholars will receive a $5,000 stipend for living expenses, and the program will pay for accommodation and board as well as one round-trip airfare.

“Establishing the Du Bois Scholars Program is an exciting step forward in strengthening Harvard’s partnerships with HBCUs,” said Sara Bleich, vice provost for special projects, who oversees the overall work connected to implementing the Presidential Committee’s recommendations. “This program honors W.E.B. Du Bois’ intellectual accomplishments by developing the next generation of pioneering researchers. We are excited to welcome our first cohort this summer and look forward to seeing what they accomplish.

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