The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides up to 4 years of competitively awarded support to students of superior academic ability and high financial need who are pursuing doctoral degrees, or the highest terminal degree, in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. First authorized in 1980, it is the only federal fellowship program that provides financial support to students pursuing graduate degrees in the humanities and arts. In FY 2012, the Javits program was consolidated with another graduate education program, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). The GAANN program provides fellowships (for up to 3 years of support), through academic departments and programs of higher education institutions, to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study at the institution in a field designated as an area of national need. Students are not eligible to apply directly for GAANN fellowships. The Javits and GAANN programs are administered jointly by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. [URL: www2.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html]
For FY 2014, we urge Congress to continue to support the Javits and GAANN fellowship programs. In addition, because Javits was consolidated into the GAANN program in FY 2012, we also urge Congress to support adequate funding for existing non-competing Javits continuation awards, as well as giving the Department of Education the authority necessary to ensure that the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines supported by Javits are included as eligible fields for future grant competitions. Together, these programs help ensure a strong pipeline of talented experts and educators who will help to meet the demands of our 21st century workforce.
Current Funding Status
Funding for Javits and GAANN under the CR (FY 2012) level is $31 million. The sequester will impact funds awarded during FY 2013 and disbursed during FY 2014. Funding for Javits and GAANN, which were consolidated into one program in FY 2012, has declined by more than 24% since FY 2010. Unfortunately, the President’s FY 2014 budget proposal provided only $31 million for the combined programs. The flat funding line for GAANN that now includes the Javits Fellowship program is of great concern to the higher education and humanities communities. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress over the long-term to enhance the critical GAANN and Javits programs.
In July, the Senate Appropriations Committee finalized their Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies spending bill. The bill provides $31 million for the combined programs.
The Javits Fellowships and GAANN programs are funded under the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill.
[Last reauthorized: August 14, 2008]
The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program is authorized under Title VII, Section 702 of the Higher Education Act (HEA). This law was last reauthorized under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137), enacted on August 14, 2008. [Current Statute: P.L. 110-315]