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Biennial Evaluation Report - FY 93-94

Chapter 521

Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Program

(CFDA No. 84.094)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, Title IX, Part B, as amended by P.L. 103-208 (20 U.S.C. 1134d-1134g) (expires September 30, 1997).

Purpose: To provide grants for master's level, professional, and doctoral study to women and individuals from minority groups who are underrepresented in such programs, and who demonstrate financial need.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation Fiscal Year Appropriation
1981 $12,000,000 1988 $18,525,000
1982 10,560,000 1989 19,031,000
1983 11,920,000 1990 19,311,000
1984 13,500,000 1991 20,764,000
1985 14,250,000 1992 20,800,000
1986 13,638,000 1993 20,427,000
1987 14,250,000 1994 20,427,000

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

Fellowships are awarded to support financially needy minorities and women in fields in which they are underrepresented in master's, professional and doctoral study. The institution establishes a fellow's financial need in accordance with Part F of Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended.


In FY 1993, new Harris fellows are eligible for stipends of up to $14,000 for a 12-month period. There is also an institutional allowance of $9,000 per student to cover tuition and other expenses.

In FY 1992, the maximum stipend was limited to $10,000 for a 12-month period. The institutional allowance was limited to $6,000. The average fellowship, which included boththe student stipend and the institutional allowance, was less than the $16,000 maximum award because not all awards are made for the maximum 12-month period, and because awards are based on financial need.

Fellowship awards for master's or professional study are made for the normal period of time for completing the program, or a total of 3 years, whichever is less; however, fellows may receive an additional period of fellowship support for up to 12 months if a special justification is accepted by the Secretary. Fellowship awards for doctoral study may not exceed a total of 3 years, consisting of not more than 2 years of support for study or research, and not more than one year of support for dissertation work. The institution must provide 2 years of support for each grantee, including at least 1 year of supervised teaching, following the 2 years of predissertation support.

The total number of new master's and professional awards for FY 1992 was 111; 246 new doctoral awards were made. In FY 1993, 218 new master's and professional awards were made; 266 new doctoral awards were made.

Management Improvement Strategies

The Department is currently developing an automated system to track Patricia Roberts Harris fellows. A student confirmation form has been designed to collect necessary data. This will be used in conjunction with performance report data, for which a reporting form has also been developed, to profile the program in detail.

III. Sources of Information

  1. Program files.
  2. Each year the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) publishes a Funding Directory containing information on grantees.

IV. Planned Studies


V. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations:
Cosette Ryan, (202) 260-3608

Program Studies :
Gregory Henschel, (202) 401-0182

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