Skip to main content

Bouchet Honor Society

Yale University and Howard University established the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in 2005. Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (Ph.D. from Yale University in 1876), the Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Outside of the society’s founding universities, Yale and Howard, Cornell was among the earliest universities to establish a Chapter of the Bouchet Society with its first members inducted in 2006.

The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support and serve as examples of CLASSCharacter, Leadership, Advocacy, Scholarship, and Service. In the spirit of Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both within and without the academic realm, inductees into the honor society exhibit these qualities, and demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access and equity in the academy.

Bouchet Society Selection Timeline

  • Late October – Solicitation for applications from Ph.D. candidates exemplifying the principles of the society (Priority consideration is given to those who intend to pursue academic careers and are from backgrounds historically underrepresented in academy.)
  • Mid November – Applications and letters of recommendation due
  • Late November/Early December – Selection of new scholars announced
  • March/April – Induction of new scholars at the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education

All scholars also participate in ongoing professional development opportunities through the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement, Office of Postdoctoral Studies, and their partners.