Am I Eligible?

Overview

Am I Eligible?

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status around the third week in July. 

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. Visit 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 African-American, 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 the Ph.D. 
  • Note: The program particularly encourages applicants who seek Ph.D.’s in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). 

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 is applying to GA, MD, SC, TN or VA. 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 your university’s 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. 

Contact Chanell Turner at chanell.turner@sreb.org with any questions.

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