Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Portrait of Bouchet

In 2019, the Laney Graduate School became a member of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which is named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (Physics, Yale University, 1876), Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet. The Society acknowledges outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. It is a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support and serve.

To be considered for admission into Emory's chapter and the national chapter, scholars must be in good academic standing, have entered candidacy, and intend to pursue academic careers with a future commitment to advancing diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in higher education. The application deadline has been extended to February 5, 2023.

The Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Emory University will be accepting applications from postdoctoral fellows for the 1st time. This expansion of eligible member is in hope to established a robust and dedicated cohort of scholars and fellows dedicated to diverse excellences and the initiatives of the society at Emory University.

Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Scholars

Eligibility Requirements

Bouchet Graduate Honor Society scholars serve as examples of CLASS:

  1. Character
  2. Leadership
  3. Advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy
  4. Scholarship
  5. Service

In the spirit of Dr. Bouchet’s commitment to these ideals, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society scholars must demonstrate significant achievement in those five areas.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student in any doctoral program, in excellent standing; or a
    postdoctoral fellow who has received their PhD degree over the last 6 years
  • Have completed all coursework and successfully advanced to candidacy;
  • Must not be graduating or ending their postdoctoral appointment prior to
    December 2023;
  •  Demonstrate the embodiment of the five CLASS areas;
  • Must be available to attend the entire Annual Bouchet Graduate Honor
    Society Conference in New Haven, CT in March 31-April 2nd 2023.

Application Tips

Priority consideration is given to scholars who intend to pursue academic careers; have a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in higher education; and are from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the academy.

Application Checklist

A complete application will include:

  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that explains how you embody the characteristics of Dr. Bouchet and the mission of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society;
  • A statement (1-2 pages) describing your commitment to diversity in the academy and future professional plans in the academy (in the online application, upload this as “Additional Attachment 1”);
  • A copy of your Emory transcript (a copy of an unofficial transcript issued to you is acceptable);
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor or Director of Graduate Studies assessing your embodiment of the five CLASS areas.

Submission Instructions

  • Log in using your regular ApplyWeb / CollegeNET username and password if you have them, or set up an account first and then log in.
  • In the “Search for a Fellowship” field, type Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and click on the selection. You will then be allowed to begin the application. The application will not let you proceed until you upload all the necessary materials. You will need to upload your application items as pdf files.

Further details about eligibility, criteria of selection, and the application process are in our application guidelines:


Application due February 5, 2023.