Amanda V. Houston Fellowship

Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

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 Director. The purpose of this award is to prepare Boston College students for leadership in the United States and the world at large by enriching their personal and educational development through travel. Consistent with the 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. Thanks to the financial support of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Committee, as of 2011 there will be 2 AVH Traveling Fellowship issued each year.

Fellowship Goals

The Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship provides up to $3000 toward domestic or international travel, including transportation, lodging, meals and research-related expenses. The successful recipients can use the award for either an Independent Research Project under the supervision of a faculty member or a Research Paper attached to an approved course in a BC recognized study abroad program. If the applicant will be studying abroad, then the Research Paper can be result of approved coursework. The content of either the Independent Research Project or the Research Paper must significantly focus on African or African Diaspora Communities. The award must be used during the summer or fall semester of the fellowship year.

Eligibility Requirements

Boston College sophomores and juniors who have a grade point average of 3.0 or greater are invited to apply.

Fellowship Requirements

Upon Completion of the Independent Research Project or Research Paper attached to an approved course, the recipient will:

  • Submit a 500-word summary of her/his study abroad experience
  • Submit a final paper (a minimum of 10-15 double-spaced pages)
  • Participate/present at BC’s Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Participate in the AVH Traveling Fellowship Award Ceremony
  • Be available to prospective AVH applicants to answer general questions about the application process.


Completed application packets submitted by Wednesday, April 19, 2023 to:

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


For further questions please contact Richard Paul at

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.

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.