The Cunningham Doctoral Scholar Awards program is designed to recruit academically well-qualified doctoral students to Virginia Tech.
Stipend & Tuition
The Graduate School makes decisions about nominees within 2-3 weeks of receiving the nomination. Number of available fellowships is dependent on resources. Fifty percent of the awards are expected to be made by mid-January; remaining funds are expected to be awarded by mid-February. Send requests directly to Dr. Karen DePauw .
The David W. Francis and Lillian Francis Scholarship Fund was established to provide graduate fellowships in research emphasizing longer, safer, and healthier lives. The disciplines designated in the endowment include agriculture, engineering, bioinformatics, plant pathology, wood science and forest products, veterinary medicine and biotechnology.
The Francis Research Fellowship includes a stipend of $18,000 plus tuition for one academic year. One research fellowship will be awarded each academic year. PhD students whose research emphasizes “longer, safer and healthier lives” and are in their final year of research are eligible for the Francis Research Fellowship.
Doctoral students should be nominated by their departments. The nomination packet should include a letter of support from the academic unit, a letter from the faculty advisor(s), a description of the student's academic work, and a synopsis of the student's research and its relevance to promoting “longer, safer and healthier lives”. Nominations are due by February 1 and should be submitted to , Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education.
Dean's Diversity Assistantships are funding opportunities targeted at recruiting underrepresented students. Departments are asked to nominate prospective students for these funds.
Students are paid the regular departmental assistantship rate and in-state tuition; the out-of-state fee is waived. Students are responsible for paying their comprehensive fees.
Master's and doctoral level students are eligible for this award. The number of awards varies from year to year.
A maximum of three nominations per department. Preference is given to students who are not at Virginia Tech as undergraduates.
To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their first year of graduate study.
NOMINATIONS must be made from a faculty member and are due by March 1, 2013. Your PID and password are required to access the nomination form.
For more information, please contact Dannette Gomez Beane at 540/231-6529.
Virginia Tech is a member of the GEM Consortium. GEM's mission is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities (American Indian, African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. For more information on GEM or if you receive inquiries about application fee-waivers, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at 540/231-6529. We ask that you encourage eligible Virginia Tech undergraduates to apply for funding through GEM.
GEM Applicant List:
The application deadline is November 15 (Early Consideration: October 1st). The applicant list will be available in November/December. Departments will receive names of applicants and can target them for recruitment. Please feel free to contact the student and invite them to learn more about your program and give them contact information for the department.
This assistantship is for one year with departmental matching required for the second year. It is restricted to students who were Ronald E. McNair Scholars as undergraduates. Students are paid the regular departmental assistantship rate and in-state tuition. The out-of-state fee is waived. Students are responsible for paying their comprehensive fees. Master's and doctoral level students are eligible for this award. One award will be made.
Each spring, the Graduate School Recruiting Office calls for nominations for the McNair Assistantship. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their first year of graduate study.
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards two annual scholarships of $1000 in honor of Jean Allen Phillips, professor in human nutrition and foods at Virginia Tech from 1969 to 1986, and Janet Lowe Cameron, a pioneer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service at Virginia Tech. The Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection is one of the unique Special Collections housed at the University Library. Applicants’ scholarly pursuits should encompass topics related to material in this collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applications must include a statement of how the Collection’s resources will be used in the student’s research. Deadline for the Janet Lowe Cameron Scholarship is May 31 and will be awarded prior to the start of the Fall semester. Deadline for the Jean Allen Phillips Scholarship is October 31 and will be awarded prior to the start of the Spring semester.
This fellowship is for one year. The award includes a $20,000 stipend, plus in-state tuition. It is restricted to students who are long-term Virginia residents with financial need. Master's and doctoral level students are eligible for this award. Two awards will be made. One nomination per department will be accepted.
Each spring, the Graduate School Recruiting Office calls for nominations for the Powell Fellowship. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their first year of graduate study, be a long time Virginia resident (attended high school in Virginia) and exhibit financial need by submitting a FAFSA.
Additional Funding Opportunities for Students
For information regarding funding opportunities, you may direct your students to the Graduate School's Current Funding Opportunities webpage. This page has information about assistantships, NSF Fellowships, and possible sources of outside funding.
This NSF Scholarships in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM) project targets nontraditional graduate students as a way to increase their enrollment in agricultural science programs and the supply of skilled workers in biotechnology. http://www.ntgrads.fralin.vt.edu/
VT-PREP (Post Baccalaureate Research and Education Program) prepares scholars from ethnic groups who have been historically underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences for the successful pursuit of a Ph.D. and research.
VT-IMSD (Initative for Maximizing Student Develpment) Program provides competetive support for doctoral and undergraduate students interested in a career in behavioral and biomedical sciences and engineering.