Application Process

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

  • Take the eligibility quiz to see if you are eligible to apply.
  • Fill out the doctoral or dissertation web application form. 
  • 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 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.