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Eligibility:  At the beginning of the second semester of the academic year, faculty members will identify highly motivated high-ability juniors in majors in the humanities and social sciences who are potential candidates for the Program, and those students will be invited to apply to become Quarles Undergraduate Scholars during the summer following their junior year.  The students must have a 3.0 overall academic standing and an average of 3.3 in their major.


Funded Fellowship Activities and Requirements:  Quarles Undergraduate Scholars will participate in a six-week residential Summer Institute in which they will examine and conduct research on primary resources in a number of location, including the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper offices, the Beulah Davis Special Collections at Morgan State University, and a number of other historical sites related to Morgan and the Afro-American. From their research, they will develop a research project – geared to their particular discipline or interest-on which they will work continuously during the summer and, with the assistance of faculty advisers, will develop a senior capstone research project.  During the ensuing academic year, they will present their research findings to the Annual Meeting of the Leadership Alliance National Symposium and at Morgan’s Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in April.


Selection Criteria:  Applicants for the Quarles Undergraduate Scholarship must:


  1. Be Second-Semester Junior pursuing a discipline in the humanities or the social sciences;

  2. Have a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher and major average of 3.3 or higher;

  3. Demonstrate excellent critical thinking, research, and communication skills;

  4. Have studied some aspect of the African-American experience;

  5. Be committed to entering and completing a doctoral program in a Humanities or Social Sciences discipline.

The scholarship will cover room and board at Morgan, and each Scholar will be given a $3,000 stipend for the six-week session.  In addition, the Quarles Institute will cover fees for participation in the Spring Morgan Research Symposium, travel expenses for the Scholar to attend the annual Leadership Alliance National Symposium, cohort daily research travel to locations of archives and repositories, and equipment and supplies.


The deadline for applications for the Quarles Graduate Scholarship for the summer is April 30 of the preceding academic year.


Important Dates:


Application deadline: April 30, 2023

Acceptance notification:  May 15, 2023

Program dates:  June 4 - July 16, 2023 

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