Graduate students are strongly encouraged and supported in their efforts to identify and pursue funding opportunities that will supplement their living support from the Graduate School, advance their research goals and distinguish them professionally.
As outlined in the Graduate School's external award policy, doctoral students may combine financial support awarded upon admission with external funds to increase their overall living support, reduce their teaching duties and, in some circumstances, extend their guaranteed support into a sixth year.
Before applying for a grant or fellowship, students should seek guidance and feedback on draft materials from their faculty and peers. The Graduate School also co-sponsors workshops and tutorials for grant writing and research statements through the Office of Graduate Career Development.
The following are significant funding competitions administered by the Graduate School and in partnership with other academic units at the University.
Jefferson Scholars Foundation Graduate Fellowships
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full fellowship support for two years and a research fund to top doctoral students in all fields of the arts and sciences who have advanced to the dissertation stage. These awards liberate the fellows from all assistantship responsibilities and enable them to focus entirely on research and writing. Details regarding the application process are announced annually in December.
A&S Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowships
To assist doctoral students who are poised to complete distinguished dissertations and enter the job market, the Graduate School awards approximately thirty dissertation completion fellowships annually that provide a sixth-year of funding, including $20,000 in living support (including a half-time teaching appointment), as well as full remission of tuition, fees and the single student health insurance premium. Fellows are typically offered appointments in the new undergraduate “Engagements” curriculum, which provides a unique and novel teaching experience for students’ professional portfolios. Details regarding the nomination process are announced annually in late February.
AHSS Summer Research Grants
In collaboration with the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs and the University of Virginia’s Society of Fellows, the Graduate School awards grants of up to $5,000 to doctoral students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to support preliminary dissertation research during the summer months. These grants fund research travel to archives, collections and field sites that will enable the student to determine the feasibility of prospective dissertation projects, survey available sources and clarify the research focus, thus better positioning the student to apply for support from external funding agencies to support the advanced stage of research and writing. Details regarding the application process are announced annually in late February.
Scholars’ Lab Fellowships in the Digital Humanities
The Scholars’ Lab in the University Library supports a number of funding opportunities for emerging scholars and practitioners of the digital humanities. The Praxis Program supports a team of six University of Virginia PhD students from a variety of disciplines to conceive, develop, publish, and promote a digital project over the course of an academic year. The Lab also offers a Digital Humanities Prototyping Fellowship to individual graduate students who wish to develop a particular project and a Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowship to advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations with digital content.
Presidential Fellowship in Data Science
The Presidential Fellowships in Data Science are designed to facilitate deep collaborations among students and advisors from diverse disciplines that require the application of their collective, diverse knowledge and expertise to address research related to Big Data. Projects often address large, complex problems with significant social impact, while advancing the individual work of each fellow in a significant way. The program web site provides information regarding past and current projects and resources to connect students who are seeking collaborators. In addition a twelve-month full-fellowship stipend of $28,000 for living support, each cohort of fellows will be expected to participate in a series of workshops and training experiences related to collaboration, presenting research to diverse audiences, and interdisciplinary publishing. Application details are typically available in February.
Bankard Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Political Economy
The University’s Bankard Fund for Political Economy awards fellowships in the amount of $15,000 to support one summer and one academic term without assistantship responsibilities for doctoral students whose research will have the greatest possible influence upon the development and continuation of the public policy necessary for a healthy private business system and a healthy national economy. Applications are typically due in November to the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship
The Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship supports outstanding advanced graduate students with a need to investigate archives or gather other information in a foreign country or countries. Fellowships are normally awarded to graduate students in architecture, history, politics and other related fields. Applications are typically due in early March to the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs.
Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellowship
The Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellowship supports graduate students who are engaged in the research or writing of a dissertation in the broad area of "international affairs" and whose research requires travel. Applications are typically due in early March to the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs.