Federal science support for HBCUs declining

Only Howard University, among historically black colleges and universities, ranks among the top 100 university recipients of fellowships from the federal government at 96 of 100 in 2007, according to Silicon Ceiling 10: Equal Opportunity and High Technology.

 It received a total of $2.4 million, $1.7 million from the Department of Health and Human Services and $570,000 from the National Science Foundation.  Federal agencies  put $1.1 billion into fellowships, with the top recipient Johns Hopkins University receiving $34 million.

Overall support for HBCUs declined two consecutive years from 2005 through 2007 from a high of $479 million in 2005 to $444 million in 2006 to $406 million in 2007, the same level as 2001.  Total federal support to all universities topped $25 billion.