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George E. and Hester B. Aker Fellowship

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
  • Demonstrated financial need by submitting a FAFSA to the Office of Financial Aid 
  • U.S. citizenship


  • One-year fellowship awarded per academic year
  • $25,000 stipend
  • The fellowship does not provide any tuition assistance


  • Academic departments must submit a Fellowship Nomination Form by April 1, including the following information:
    • Faculty letters of recommendation describing the student's notable academic and research merit
  • One fellowship awarded per academic year
  • Departments can submit multiple nominations