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Amanda V. Houston Fellowship

About the AVH Traveling Fellowship

Boston College established the Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship on 10 June 1993, in honor of the University’s first Black Studies Program Director.  The purpose of this award was to further prepare Boston College undergraduates of African descent for leadership in the United States and the world at large by enriching their personal and educational development through travel.  Consistent with its namesake’s lifelong role as a universal educator, community leader, and mentor, the Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship underwrites travel/study experiences that contribute to the personal and intellectual growth of its recipients.

Fellowship Goals

The Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship provides up to $3,000 toward domestic or international travel, including transportation, lodging, meals, and research-related expenses. The award must be used between 1 June and 20 January of either an independent study under the supervision of a faculty member or a research project conducted while participating in a BC recognized study abroad program.  If applicant will be studying abroad, then the paper can be the result of approved course work as long as the research as described in the project proposal is completed by the end of the fellowship year.


Application Materials Available


Interested students can locate Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship applications at the following locations: the Deans’ Offices for A&S, CSOM, LSOE, and CSON; the University Fellowships Office; as well as the Offices of AHANA Student Programs, Center for International Programs and Partnerships, African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS), ODSD, and Learning to Learn. 


Eligibility Requirements

Boston College students with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who will have completed their sophomore year before the first of June and who have a strong record of service to the university and/or local black communities are invited to apply.



Fellowship Requirements

At the end of the fellowship year and research, the recipient must write a brief, 500 word description of how the award enhanced her or his educational experience, prepare a 20-minute presentation of his or her research at AADS’s Works in Progress Series the year after research is completed, and recipient agrees to make him- or herself available to prospective AVH applicants or AVH winners to answer general questions about their experience.



Completed application packets submitted by March 27, 2015 to:

Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship Committee
c/o African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS)
Lyons Hall 301
Boston College




Click here for the AVH brochure and application instructions.  

Click here for the fellowship application.

Click here to view a sample proposal.


For further questions, please contact Richard Paul at  


Program History & Past Winners


Past winners of the Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship have come from many different academic disciplines and traveled to a variety of locations in order to complete their research. Click here to view the past winners.


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Amanda V. Houston

Amanda V. Houston was the director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program from 1981-1993.   One of her particular concerns was that BC students
of African descent prepare themselves to engage national and international issues as informed leaders and
citizens of the world.  Her generosity of spirit is reflected in this gift of travel.