Funding & Program Opportunities for Graduate Students
At the School of Education, we have various funding and innovative program opportunities for graduate students. This page provides an overview of the programs we offer and links so you can look into applying for these great opportunities to provide funding for your career aspirations.
Master’s Funding and Program Opportunities
The Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program was established to help address the teacher shortage in Virginia by assisting undergraduate students enrolled in a K-12 teacher preparation program. Learn more about this program.
RTR is an innovative graduate teacher residency that pairs residents with an experienced mentor for our most challenged schools.
Starting in 2019, RTR has expanded and now includes the high-needs and hard-to-staff schools in the metro-Richmond school districts of Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield and Henrico. If this interests you, please send your unofficial transcripts directly to the program at teachRTR@vcu.edu.
The Noyce Scholarship is a collaborative effort between The School of Education, School of Engineering, The College of Humanities and Sciences, John Tyler Community College and J. S. Reynolds Community College in partnership with area school districts including the City of Richmond, Henrico County and Chesterfield County. It provides scholarships to STEM majors interested in teaching in high-needs districts.
- Are you interested in a meaningful STEM career?
- Could you use $24,000 in scholarship money?
- Have you considered changing lives through teaching?
Project 3IP sponsors selected M.Ed. in Special Education, concentration in early childhood accepted students to engage in an intensive interdisciplinary training program across three disciplines: education, physical therapy and pediatrics. This project is possible with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education and is a partnership between the School of Education and the School of Allied Health Professions. The steps to apply for this project and grant funding opportunity:
- Complete Online Graduate Application
- Submit all required additional documentation (three references, academic transcript(s), personal statement, GRE or MAT scores) directly to your Graduate Application
- Request and submit the Project 3IP Application to SOEinfo@vcu.edu
Once you submit all of your materials and 3IP application, you will be reviewed for acceptance into the Master's program and then if accepted, considered for the 3IP program. Students who are considered for admission will be asked to complete a personal interview for final consideration for the program and project.
In addition to the Noyce Scholars program, prospective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) teachers can simultaneously take advantage of other sources of financial aid. Like Noyce, some of these come with a commitment to teach in a specific setting for one or more years. In all cases, it is possible to fulfill these other obligations and Noyce’s obligation at the same time. For example, by teaching for two years in a high-needs school, you can simultaneously satisfy both your Noyce commitment (two years) and a pair of VTSLP commitments (one year each).
VTSLP “Scholarship-Loans” (Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program)
These state-funded scholarship-loans provide $3,720 of financial support per year. For each year of assistance, the student agrees to teach for one year in Virginia in one of the following settings: (1) a high needs school (with a large percentage of low-income students), OR (2) a “critical shortage discipline” (math, science, special education, etc.), OR (3) a rural or urban region experiencing a teacher shortage, OR (4) a single school with a teacher shortage. Qualifying schools and content areas are established annually by the Virginia Department of Education. For details, visit http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/financial_support/
AFCEA Educational Foundation
The AFCEA Educational Foundation will offer scholarships of $5,000 to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects at a U.S. middle, or secondary school. For information, go to http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/TeachersScholarship.asp.
Federal TEACH Grants (Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Ed)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TEACH grants provide $4,000 of financial support. In return, the student agrees to teach for four years in a high-needs school (serving numerous low-income students) AND in a “high-need field” (math, science, bilingual education, etc.). To apply, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach.
Forgiveness of Federal Stafford and Perkins Loans
Let us help you turn your student loans into scholarships! By teaching in a high-needs school, you will become eligible for forgiveness of your federal student loans: up to $17,500 of your Stafford loans for five years of service in a high-needs school, and up to 100% of your Perkins loans (15% for each of your first two years of service, 20% for your 3rd and 4th years, and the remaining 30% for your 5th year). For details, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher.
Doctoral Funding and Program Opportunities
The School of Education is recruiting highly qualified and motivated students for multiple full-time, 3-year Ph.D. candidates for grant-funded Graduate Research Assistant positions to begin on August 23, 2019.
This competitive position presents opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary education research on a DRK12 Science Communities of Practice Partnership (SCOPP) Project, conducting a longitudinal study of individual differences in science classroom learning in urban elementary schools. Faculty lead: Dr. Christine Bae (email@example.com).
This competitive position presents opportunities to participate in research and evaluation funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the VCU SEED project, to conduct a longitudinal study of STEM teacher preparation and learning in urban secondary schools. Faculty lead: Dr. Christine Bae (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This position will focus on the impact of instructional coaching/induction support on STEM teachers; needs of provisionally licensed STEM teachers and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the VCU SEED project, to conduct a longitudinal study of STEM teacher preparation and learning in urban secondary schools. Faculty lead: Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson, (email@example.com).
RTR Residency Coordinator - Petersburg. This position requires someone who has past experience in elementary schools, preferably in a high-needs school. Faculty lead: Dr. Kim McKnight (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RTR Residency Coordinator - Chesterfield. This position requires someone who has past experience in special education, preferably in a high-needs school. Faculty lead: Dr. Serra DeArment (email@example.com).
RTR Residency Coordinator - Henrico. This position requires someone who has past experience in special education, preferably in a high-needs school. Faculty lead: Dr. Serra DeArment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The residency coordinator will serve as a liaison between school sites and RTR to monitor the implementation of all aspects of the RTR program. They will use the New Teacher Center (NTC) mentoring model and formative assessment tools to document resident growth, and identify and support the varied individual needs of each CRC and student resident. The coordinator’s responsibilities will encompass all duties from recruitment of new CRCs to meeting with school leadership and Curriculum Coordinators to monitor and ensure successful facilitation of the RTR program in their assigned school. Students interested in this position would be able to integrate their coordinator work into studying the effects of instructional coaching on pre-service elementary or special education teacher (depending on location and coordinator); effects of New Teacher Center training on veteran teachers' practice; teacher leadership development; impact of the RTR preparation model on student engagement/learning; and/or effectiveness of New Teacher Center model on teacher retention and student success into their coursework in their doctoral program and research. The position is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the VCU SEED project.
Funding Package: Each full-time 3-year package includes a GA stipend for 20 hours/week and associated tuition benefits.
- Has a B.S.** or Master's degree in Education, Psychology, Research Methodology, Social Work, or related fields.
- Acceptance into a School of Education’s doctoral program.
**B.S. is only accepted for the Ph.D. in Education with a track in educational psychology and for select students who have extensive experience in high-needs schools who are interested in completing a master's and continuing into a doctoral program.
- Apply to the Ph.D. in Education with specialized track (deadline to apply 12/15/18).
- Complete and submit the Graduate Assistantship application [PDF] to our Graduate Studies office (can be completed at the same time you are submitting your graduate application materials).
- Contact the “Faculty Lead” listed with corresponding position to complete interview after you have submitted your full application package.
Interested candidates should contact email@example.com for questions about the admissions process and interviews with faculty leads. Decisions on grant-funded positions will be made in mid-to-late February.