Am I Eligible?


Am I Eligible?

Yes, if you are: 

  • Accepted into or enrolled in a full-time, campus-based Ph.D. program at a participating institution in a participating state by August, the start of the academic year. We do not fund: 

    • D.B.A., D.D.S., D.N.P., D.P.T., D.V.M., Ed.D., J.D., M.D., Pharm. D., and/or
    • Online, distance learning, or for-profit programs. 
  • Applying for the Doctoral Award:  You must have been admitted into a Ph.D. program or have not begun the second year of study. See Types of Awards for more information. 
  • Applying for the Dissertation Award: You must have: 
    • Completed all coursework
    • Completed all comprehensive/preliminary exams
    • Successfully defended the prospectus before the beginning of the academic year. 
  • For either award: 
    • A member of a racial or ethnic minority group (including black, Asian American, Hispanic/Latin American, Native American or other). 
    • Hold or scheduled to receive a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the beginning of the fall semester. 
    • A U.S. citizen or have legal permanent resident status. 
    • Not employed outside of your department or discipline. 
    • Planning to become a full-time college or university faculty member after earning a Ph.D. 
  • Note: The program particularly encourages applicants who seek Ph.D.s in the STEM  (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. 
Applicants should receive notification of their status by the third week of August. 

How Do I Apply? 

Complete and submit all the materials below through the online application. 

  • Take the eligibility quiz below to see if you are eligible to apply.
  • Create an online profile along with username (email) and password. 
  • Fill out the doctoral or dissertation web application form at the top of the profile. 
  • Provide all the materials listed below: 
    • Letter of interest/personal statement (including statement of teaching goals). See FAQs page for guidelines. 
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (can be unofficial copies)
    • Letter or email providing confirmation of acceptance to a doctoral program
    • Verification of U.S. citizenship 
      • Birth certificate or U.S. passport 
      • Permanent resident I.D. card (only if the applicant was not born in the U.S.) 
    • Verification from the university of in-state residency status if applying to Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia. This is not the same as in-state tuition status, which is sometimes granted to out-of-state scholars. 
      • Residency is determined by the institution. The in-state residency document can normally be obtained from the university registrar/residency office. 
    • If applying for the one-year Dissertation Award: Verification from the department chairperson of successfully passing the preliminary/comprehensive exams and successful defense of the dissertation prospectus before the start of the academic year. 

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