New Dean’s Fellowship Program Provides Additional Funds for Top Doctoral Students


Audrey Breen

The Curry School of Education and Human Development has launched a program to offer increased funding packages to attract top doctoral applicants

The Curry School of Education and Human Development has launched a program to offer increased funding packages to attract top doctoral applicants. A part of the University of Virginia’s Strategic Investment Fund, the $2.5 million in additional funds over three years includes just over $2 million in supplemental fellowships for leading Ph.D. students enrolling in their program of study beginning in the fall of 2018.

“Pairing outstanding students and world-class faculty scholars with the top-ranked graduate programs at the Curry School results in the development of new knowledge that ultimate makes our society better,” said Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School. “These additional funds allow us to enhance our efforts to attract the best doctoral students in the fields of education and human development and expand this impact.”

Students offered this top-level funding are considered Dean’s Fellows and will receive coverage for full tuition and fees, health insurance, as well as $32,000 for each year of study. In addition to these supplemental fellowships, the additional funding from the Strategic Investment Fund will increase support for students to travel to national conferences where they will present their research and will provide additional supports within Curry to help students apply for external fellowships and grants.

All full-time doctoral applicants are automatically considered for the Dean’s Fellowship upon submission and review of their applications for admission (deadline for fall 2019 admission is December 15, 2018). Doctoral students interested in travel funds will receive information about applying for funds in the coming weeks, with funds available beginning in fall 2018.