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 policy regarding external awards, doctoral students may combine financial support awarded upon admission with funds awarded by agencies outside of the University 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 descriptions of funding competitions administered by the Graduate School and in partnership with other academic units at the University and links to further information and application processes.
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. Eligibility is limited to doctoral students who are currently enrolled full-time in humanities and social science programs (including Psychology), who will exhaust the financial support awarded to them upon admission at the conclusion of the current academic year, and who are reasonably prepared to complete dissertations and graduate by the summer following the fellowship year. Applications are accepted from January 15 through March 1, and awards are announced during the first week of April.
GSAS Teaching Relief Fellowships
Doctoral students from all programs in Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply for a fellowship that replaces teaching assistantship responsibilities during one semester of the support awarded upon admission. Up to twelve fellowships will be awarded to students who articulate substantive research goals that require relief from a teaching appointment. Students do not need to have advanced to candidacy before the nomination deadline. Although it is typically expected that nominees would have an approved dissertation proposal prior to the semester of relief, particularly compelling applications for pre-candidacy research advancement will be considered as long as the proposed activities will not extend the applicant’s candidacy period beyond the department’s standard deadline. Applications are accepted from January 15 through March 1, and awards are announced during the first week of April.
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. Applications are accepted from January 15 through March 1, and awards are announced during the first week of April.
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.
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 accepted from January 15 through March 1, and awards are announced during the first week of April.
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 accepted from January 15 through March 1, and awards are announced during the first week of April.
Dean’s MS-PhD Fellowship in Data Science
This fellowship program supports students whose dissertation research and professional goals will derive specific and significant benefit from completing the MS degree in Data Science. Students enrolled in any Arts & Sciences doctoral program are eligible to apply for the Dean’s MS-PhD Fellowship in Data Science during their second or third years of enrollment in their PhD program.
Students who are awarded the fellowship will receive twelve months of additional living support at the standard rate for their program without assistantship responsibilities, as well as full remission of tuition for the eleven-month MS degree program, University fees and single-person coverage through the University’s student health insurance plan. The Graduate School will defer the student’s remaining financial support awarded upon admission and all academic deadlines, including the deadlines for advancing to doctoral candidacy and completion of the doctoral degree.
Applications are accepted from September 15 through November 1. Fellowship nominees will be notified by the Graduate School by December 1 and must complete the application for admission to the MS in Data Science by December 15. The application fee will be waived for nominees, and materials from the fellowship proposal can be used to complete the application.
Dean’s PhD-Architecture Fellowships in Historic Preservation and Urban Design
These fellowship programs support students whose dissertation research and professional goals will derive specific and significant benefit from completing the graduate certificate in Historic Preservation or Urban Design offered by the School of Architecture. Students enrolled in any Arts & Sciences doctoral program are eligible to apply for the Dean’s PhD-Architecture Fellowship during their second or third years of enrollment in their PhD program.
Students who are awarded the fellowship will one semester of teaching relief during the subsequent academic year in order to facilitate completion of coursework related to the graduate certificate. Students pursuing the Urban Design certificate will also receive an additional $2,000 in living support during the coming summer and full payment of tuition to attend the pre-requisite Summer Design Institute offered by the School of Architecture.
Applications are accepted from January 15 through March 1, and awards will be announced during the first week of April.
A&S Exchange Fellowships: France and Germany
Arts & Sciences offers two exchange fellowship programs that provide an incremental year of financial support to advanced doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences. The exchange fellow will have full library privileges, a faculty advisor and access to all academic services at the host institution, including courses. Each fellowship provides a full year of living support and remission of tuition, fees and the University’s single-student health insurance premium. Recipients are eligible to defer one year of support offered upon admission into their sixth year of study. Although advancement to candidacy is not required at the time of the application deadline, the exchange fellow must have completed all requirements for candidacy prior to the start of the fellowship.
Applications are accepted from January 15 through March 1, and awards will be announced in late March.
École Normale Supérieure (ENS) – Paris, France
ENS is located in rue d'Ulm at the heart of the Latin Quarter, and it has one of the best libraries in Paris. The ENS Fellow will receive from ENS a private, single-student dormitory-style room (i.e., no en suite bathroom or kitchen facilities) and access to ENS recreational facilities and to the ENS cafeteria at subsidized student prices. To complement this in-kind support, the ENS Fellow will receive a stipend of $14,000 from the Graduate School. The ENS Fellow must be fluent in French and is will be expected to arrive at ENS on or around September 22, 2019, and depart no later than July 10, 2020.
Interested students who seek further information may contact Professor Alison Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Technische Universität Dormund – Dortmund, Germany
TU Dortmund is a major research university located in Germany's greening industrial Ruhr Valley, existing in a consortium with the nearby University of Duisberg-Essen and University of Bochum. Together they boast outstanding faculty across all major fields of scholarly and scientific inquiry, with special strengths in American Studies, Cultural Studies, and History, among others.
The Dortmund Fellow will design and teach two two-hour courses per semester at Dortmund’s Institute for American Studies under the guidance of the Institute’s director. The courses may deal with American literary, cultural and historical topics from a transatlantic perspective and/or as comparative (German-American or European-American) phenomena. Courses are taught in English. Knowledge of the German language is helpful, but not required.
The fellow will receive teaching wages from Dortmund in the amount of €13,000 (approximately $14,800 at present exchange rates) and a fellowship stipend of $14,000 from the Graduate School. The fellow will be expected to arrive at Dortmund on or around October 1 and depart no later than July 30.
Interested students who seek further information may contact Professor Jeffrey Grossman (email@example.com).