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.
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.
Robert Q. Berry, III Professor of Education
Glen Bull (Co-Mentor) Professor of Education; Co-Director, Center for Technology & Teacher Education
Catherine Brighton Professor of Education; Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs
Jennifer Chiu Associate Professor of Education
Kyong Mi Choi Associate Professor of Education
Bryan Cook Professor of Education
Julia Jackson Cohen Assistant Professor of Education
Youjia Hua Associate Professor of Education
Patricia A. Jennings Professor of Education
Michael J. Kennedy Associate Professor of Education
Jennifer L. Maeng (Co-Mentor) Research Assistant Professor
Anita McGinty (Co-Mentor) Research Associate Professor
Stephanie Morano Assistant Professor of Education
Frackson Mumba Associate Professor of Education
Emily Solari Professor of Education
Robert H. Tai Associate Professor
William J Therrien Professor of Education
Stephanie D. van Hover Professor of Education; Dept. Chair, Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
Ginger Watson Associate Professor
Peter Youngs Professor of Education
Catherine P. Bradshaw Professor; Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
Dewey Cornell Professor of Education
Jason T. Downer Professor of Education; Director, CASTL; Program Area Director, Clinical and School Psychology
Paul C. Harris (Co-Mentor) Assistant Professor
LaVae M. Hoffman Associate Professor
Filip T. Loncke (Co-Mentor) Professor
Michael Lyons Assistant Professor of Education
Robert C. Pianta Dean ; Novartis Professor of Education; Founding Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
Randall R. Robey Associate Professor
Peter L. Sheras Professor
Patrick H. Tolan Charles S. Robb Professor of Education; Director Emeritus, Youth-Nex | The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development
Derrick P. Alridge Professor and Director, CRPES
Daphna Bassok Associate Professor; Associate Director, EdPolicyWorks
Benjamin L. Castleman Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy; Director, Nudge4 Solutions Lab
Nancy Deutsch Professor, Director of Youth-Nex
Sara Dexter Associate Professor; Senior Associate Director, UCEA; Program Coordinator, Administration & Supervision
David Eddy Spicer Associate Professor
Walter Heinecke Associate Professor
Diane Hoffman Associate Professor
Karen Inkelas Associate Professor of Education
Timothy Konold Professor ; Research, Statistics, and Evaluation Program Coordinator
Joanna Lee Williams Associate Professor
Tonya Moon Professor Chair; UVa IRB-SBS
Coby Meyers (Co-Mentor) Associate Professor of Education ; PLE Chief of Research
Natalia Palacios Associate Professor
Brian Pusser Associate Professor
Sara Rimm-Kaufman Professor
Pamela D. Tucker Professor
Sarah Turner University Professor, Economics & Education
Rachel Wahl Assistant Professor
Diane Whaley Professor; Director, Lifetime Physical Activity Program
Vivian Wong )Co-Mentor) Associate Professor
James H.Wyckoff Professor; Director, EdPolicyWorks
Michelle Young Professor; Executive Director of UCEA; EDLF Department Chair
Josipa Roksa (CASTL-HE) Professor
Jason David Allen Professor
Martin E. Block Professor
Barbara Ann Boyce Associate Professor
Joe Hart Associate Professor
Jay Hertel Joe Gieck Professor in Sports Medicine
Luke E. Kelly Virgil S Ward Professor of Education; Professor
Sibylle Kranz Associate Professor
Steven K. Malin Assistant Professor; Co-Director, Applied Metabolism & Physiology Laboratory
Jacob E. Resch Assistant Professor
Susan F. Saliba Professor
Arthur L. Weltman Chair of Kinesiology Department; Professor
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.Read More
Kelly Edwards, Research, Statistics & Evaluation
Kelly believes that research methodology can translate data into meaningful impact.Read More
Theresa Pfister, Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science
A former teacher, Theresa is studying how to facilitate, create and maintain positive adult-student relationships.Read More
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.Read More
Jessica McDermott, Higher Education
Jessica is studying how to create and maintain student-centered policy in college and university environments.Read More