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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.

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5 Healy Fellows Who Took Unexpected Paths to Their Ph.D.

“Among this year’s talented Healy Fellows are students who represent a diversity of experiences, careers, backgrounds and identities: a Baptist minister and prison reform advocate, a political science changemaker, a biologist-turned-Spanish-linguist, a philosopher and a Catholic historian. “

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Nomination Information

The deadline for submission of nominations for admission into Fall 2023 is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, February 17, 2023.

Nominated students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, entering their first year of a Ph.D. program. The nomination statement must include a description of how the student’s background or experiences can contribute to the diversity of the Georgetown community; and a paragraph on how the department plans to mentor and support the diversity of the student if selected. Factors that may be considered in awarding the Healy Fellowships are:
• a student’s demonstrated ability and commitment to develop and support diversity and cultural understanding;
• a student’s cultural or family background (e.g., first-generation or first-in-family college student; race, ethnicity, or DACA status; parental level of education or income; and region of residence or high school attended);
• a student’s personal experiences and challenges; or
• a student’s socioeconomic background.

We encourage nominations of individuals from all backgrounds and interests who have a history of overcoming a significant disadvantage. To be considered, nominations must be submitted via the Healy Fellowship Nomination Form by the deadline.

For more information about the Healy Fellowship, please contact Maria Snyder (maria.snyder@georgetown.edu) at the Graduate School.

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Healy Fellows

George Chochos

Robert Cortes

Drue Edney

Luke Frederick

Mariana Gomez

Christopher Gurley

Amber Hall

Sarah Hayes

Davonne Henry

Rahma Maccarone

George Melchor

Juan Manuel Menjívar

Darrian Mills

Daniel Stewart

Orlando Stewart

Ari Watson

Bryce White