Cunningham Doctoral Assistantships cover new students’ tuition and stipends for up to two years with funding from the Graduate School and a matching commitment from the department. The department selects the pay step and offers a one- or two-year assistantship for the academic or calendar year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be planning to enter a doctoral program at Virginia Tech (preferably from a master's or bachelor's program outside of Virginia Tech)
  • Have an outstanding academic record and strong potential for completing a doctoral degree
  • Nomination from an academic department
  • Financial need
  • U.S. citizenship

Funding

  • Competitive assistantship stipend for graduate research assistantship or graduate teaching assistantship position
    • Stipend is determined by a candidate’s qualifications and academic discipline
    • Work responsibilities are defined by the department
    • 9- or 12-month appointments are available
  • Tuition scholarship

Nominations

  • Academic departments must email nominations to the vice president and dean for graduate education with the following information:
    • Applicant’s name
    • Virginia Tech degree the applicant is seeking
    • Previous university
    • Recommendation letter from the department addressing eligibility requirements
  • Nominations for the following fall semester’s admission may be submitted starting November 1.
  • Decisions will be made by February 1 for 50 percent of the available assistantships and by March 1 for the remaining assistantships.
  • Students can be re-nominated if they were not selected for a previous academic year. 

The David W. Francis and Lillian Francis Scholarship Fund was established to provide graduate fellowships in research that emphasizes 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • For Ph.D. students in their final year of research
  • Research that emphasizes “longer, safer, and healthier lives”
  • Nomination from an academic department

Funding

  • $18,000 stipend
  • Tuition for one academic year

Nominations

  • One research fellowship is awarded per academic year
  • Nominations should include:
    • Letter of support from the academic unit
    • Letter from the faculty advisor(s)
    • Description of the student’s academic work
    • Synopsis of the student’s research and its relevance to the topic
  • Email nomination packets to the vice president and dean for graduate education by February 1

Dean's Diversity Assistantships are funding opportunities targeted at recruiting underrepresented students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • For master’s and doctoral students
  • Preference is given to students who did not attend Virginia Tech for their undergraduate degree
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their first year of graduate study

Funding

  • Regular departmental assistantship stipend
  • In-state tuition (any applicable out-of-state fees will be waived)
  • Students must pay their own comprehensive fees

Nominations

  • Maximum of three nominations per department
  • Nominations must be made by a faculty member with a Virginia Tech PID and password
  • Nominations must be submitted by March 10
  • For more information, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at 540/231-6529.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Virginia Tech graduate student enrolled in Graduate Studies
  • Nomination from a faculty member or department

Funding

  • One-year fellowship
  • $2,500 stipend

Nominations

  • One award per academic year
  • Departments can submit multiple nominations
  • Send a letter of recommendation describing the student’s notable academic merit and financial need, if applicable
  • Nominations are due by March 1
  • For more information, contact Will Walton at 540/231-6550.

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 faculty and staff to encourage eligible Virginia Tech undergraduates to apply for funding through GEM.

M.S. Fellowship Program

  • Stipend of up to $16,000 over three semesters
  • Full tuition and fees for four semesters
  • Two 12-week summer internships with a sponsoring GEM member company

Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship Program

  • Minimum of $14,000 academic-year stipend for up to the fifth year
  • Full tuition and fees (paid by the university)
  • 12-week summer internship with sponsoring GEM member employer
  • Fellow must accept a research or teaching assistantship after the first year

Ph.D. Science Fellowship Program

  • Minimum $14,000 academic year stipend for up to the fifth year
  • Full tuition and fees (paid by the university)
  • 12-week summer internship with sponsoring GEM member employer
  • Fellow must accept a research or teaching assistantship after the first year

GEM Applicant List

The application deadline is November 15 (early consideration: October 1). 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Virginia Tech master’s and doctoral-level students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment or the College of Science
  • Notable academic merit
  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting a FAFSA
  • U.S. citizenship

Funding

  • One-year fellowship
  • $35,000 stipend

Nominations

  • One fellowship awarded per academic year
  • Departments can submit multiple nominations
  • Letters of recommendation from faculty nominators are due by March 1
  • For more information, contact Will Walton at 540/231-6550

Eligibility Requirements

  • For master’s and doctoral-level students who were Ronald E. McNair Scholars as undergraduates
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their first year of graduate study

Funding

  • One-year assistantship, with departmental matching required for the second year
  • Regular departmental assistantship stipend
  • In-state tuition (any applicable out-of-state fees will be waived)
  • Students must pay their own comprehensive fees

Nominations

 

The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee awards scholarships 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. Applicant research may include human nutrition, culinary history, food culture, household equipment, kitchen design, social history, ethnic traditions, gender studies, or related topics. 

Criteria for selection:

> Must be a graduate student in good standing with the university.

> Before applying, applicants must visit the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection (located in the University Libraries Special Collections' Rare Book Room). You will be asked to describe your visit and how the collection fits in today's nutrition research. Contact Kira Dietz in University Libraries to schedule your visit.

> Preference will be given to applicants with a clearly expressed research project that makes use of the Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection. However, if applicants have not outlined their thesis or dissertation yet, they should have scholarly pursuits that encompass topics related to material in the collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition, or food culture.

> Applicants must have a record of leadership and service. 

Funding

  • > $2,000 annual scholarship 

Nominations

Two awards are made per academic year:

> The Janet L. Cameron application is available each April and will be awarded prior to the start of the fall semester. Application link: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ttm9Os6Y9z58ah

> The Jean A. Phillips application is available each November and will be awarded prior to the start of the spring semester. Application link: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1MGuXZ7Bmid0SBD

 

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Master’s and doctoral-level students who are long-term Virginia residents (attended high school in Virginia)
  • Must demonstrate financial need by submitting a FAFSA
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their first year of graduate study

Funding

  • $20,000 stipend
  • In-state tuition for one year
  • Students must pay their own comprehensive fees

Nominations

  • Two awards per academic year
  • One nomination per department
  • Nominations by a faculty member by March 10
  • For more information, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at (540) 231-6529

 

See our list of external funding opportunities for information about assistantships, NSF Fellowships, and possible sources of outside funding.

George Washington Carver Assistantship

The George Washington Carver Assistantships are awarded to students from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, students from the Appalachian region, and non-traditional students to enroll in a graduate program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

MAOP Graduate Scholars Program

The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program’s Graduate Scholars Program partners with academic departments to financially support students in the form of assistantships.

VT-PREP

The Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program prepares scholars from ethnic groups who have been historically underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences for the successfully pursuing a Ph.D. and research.

VT-IMSD

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development provides competitive support for doctoral and undergraduate students interested in a career in behavioral and biomedical sciences and engineering.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Virginia Tech graduate student enrolled in Graduate Studies
  • Nomination from faculty member or department

Funding

  • One-year fellowship
  • $35,000 stipend

Nominations

  • One scholarship awarded per academic year
  • Departments can submit multiple nominations
  • Send a letter of recommendation describing the student's notable academic merit and financial need, if applicable
  • Nominations are due by March 1

For more information, contact Will Walton at 540/231-6550