Dean's Fellowship Program


The Curry School of Education and Human Development is proud to offer the Dean's Fellowship Program, a new program funded by UVA’s Strategic Investment Fund that provides increased financial support for top Ph.D. applicants.

What does the Dean's Fellowship include?

All Dean's Fellows will receive:

  • Full coverage of four years of tuition and fees
  • Health insurance
  • $32,000 for each year of study

In addition, extra travel funding for students presenting at national conferences may be available through the Dean's Travel Fellowship Program.

Who is eligible to be a Dean's Fellow?

All full-time, on-Grounds Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) applicants in the Curry School of Education and Human Development are eligible and automatically considered for the fellowship. A select number of fellowships are distributed each year, depending on the applicant pool and other variables. Explore the available Ph.D. programs.

How do I apply to be a Dean's Fellow?

All full-time doctoral applicants are automatically considered for the Dean’s Fellowship upon submission – there is no separate application. The deadline for fall 2020 admission was December 1, 2019.

What is the selection process?

All Ph.D. applications are reviewed by a selection committee and judged on the overall quality of the full application, including GRE scores, potential contributions to the field of study, inclusion of underrepresented populations, and other relevant factors. Typically, outstanding applicants are nominated for the Dean’s Fellowship by their selection committee and submitted to the Dean for final selection. 

When will I be notified?

Recipients of the Dean’s Fellowship will be notified via phone or email at the time they receive their financial aid package. All Ph.D. applicants will receive notification of their financial aid packages within a few days of their acceptance into the Ph.D. program.

How do I apply for additional travel funding?

Additional travel funds are disbursed separately on a case-by-case basis. Please visit the Dean's Travel Fellowship Program page for the application form and more information about this funding.

Faculty Mentors


Below are links to Curry faculty who have served as mentors to doctoral students in recent years and who may be considering admission of new Ph.D. students.

Meet the Fellows

Get to know a few of our current Dean's Fellows – including their path to UVA, how they developed a passion for research, and their best advice for current Ph.D. applicants.


Helen Min, Curriculum & Instruction

Helen is studying the impact of trauma on students and how to equip teachers with trauma-sensitive practices.

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Kelly Edwards, Research, Statistics & Evaluation

Kelly believes that research methodology can translate data into meaningful impact.

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Theresa Pfister, Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science

A former teacher, Theresa is studying how to facilitate, create and maintain positive adult-student relationships.

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Hunter Holt, Social Foundations

Hunter wants to become a historian of education and help ensure that all students have equal access to a quality education.

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Jessica McDermott, Higher Education

Jessica is studying how to create and maintain student-centered policy in college and university environments.

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Daniel Rodriguez Segura, Education Policy

Dan studies the intersection between K-12 education policy, international development and poverty, and behavioral science

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