The University offers financial assistance to students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences through a variety of programs: fellowships, assistantships, work-study plans, and loans. Each of these programs are administered by a separate office and a student interested in applying for one of them should read the sections below to find the office to contact. Most superior students can expect to receive aid of some kind throughout their graduate careers.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has a number of merit fellowships supported by endowments, gifts, and other sources which it offers to exceptional students. These fellowships are available to all students and are awarded on the individual's academic achievements and promise. Fellowships are granted with the provisions that good academic standing is maintained and that the recipients remain in residence at the University during the award period. In addition to these fellowships some departments have merit fellowships with comparable stipends that are awarded by the department on the same basis as the Graduate School fellowships.
A student must be nominated by his or her department in order to be considered for a Graduate School fellowship. Students seeking admission to the Graduate School who indicate on the application for admission that they seek financial aid will automatically be considered by the department to which they are applying as candidates for fellowships. Returning graduate students should indicate to their department that they wish to be considered for a fellowship. To be considered for a school-wide fellowship, a new student should have the application for admission form in the Admissions Office of the Graduate School, 437 Cabell Hall, by December 2. Closing dates for departmental awards may vary. Returning students should contact their department for deadlines on fellowship applications.
All fellowships, with the exception of the President's and the Jefferson's Fellowships, are awarded for no longer than one academic year and are not automatically renewed. The President's Fellowship is a three-year award, and the President's Fellows receive financial assistance of at least $16,000 plus tuition, fees and a health insurance subsidy per session.
The principal endowed and gift fellowships of the Graduate School are listed below:
The Virginia Mason Davidge Fellowships were established
through the gift of David Randall-McIver, from the income of the Virginia Mason
Davidge Foundation. These fellowships are awarded to men or women students on
the basis of "ability, scholarship, character, and need." Appointments
are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts
The Philip Francis du Pont Fellowships were established
in 1928 by a gift from Philip Francis du Pont, an alumnus. These fellowships
are awarded on the basis of achievement and scholarly promise. Ordinarily only
students whose ages do not exceed 35 years are eligible. In some instances these
fellowships may be supplemented by graduate assistantships. Appointments are
made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and
The Elizabeth B. Garrett Fellowship was founded in 1918
upon the bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. White, of Baltimore, Maryland. Appointments
are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts
Governors Fellowships are funded by the Commonwealth
of Virginia. These fellowships are awarded in all Ph.D.-granting departments
and are available to Virginia residents only. Appointments are made upon the
recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The Craig W. MacDonald Fellowship was established in
1930 under the will of the late Susan L. Stanard as a memorial to her brother
Captain Craig Woodrow MacDonald, who was killed at the Battle of Cold Harbor.
Appointments are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences.
The Presidents Fellowship was established in 1980
by University President Frank L. Hereford, Jr. and is a three year fellowship.
It carries a stipend of $14,000 plus tuition and fees. In the second and third
years of the fellowship, Presidents Fellows may be required to serve as
teaching or research assistants. Presidents Fellows are selected on a
merit basis from entering students in all Ph.D.-granting departments. Nominations
are made to the Dean of the Graduate School by Ph.D.-granting departments.
The William H. Palmer Young Presidential Fellowship
was established in 1982 by the estate of his mother, Claudia Palmer Young. Appointments
are made by the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The Anne Francis Stead Memorial Fellowship was established
in 1982 by a gift from the estate of Mrs. Anne Francis Stead. Appointment is
made by the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
State and Regional Scholarships and Fellowships
The John B. Adger Scholarships (three to five scholarships
or fellowships with a stipend of approximately $500 each) were created under
the will of the late Jennie W. Adger in memory of her husband, John B. Adger,
M.A. (Virginia, 1880), and are awarded to male students, with preference to
those from South Carolina or Virginia, who are taking courses leading to the
degree of B.A. or M.A. The awards are made by the Alumni Board of Trustees of
the University of Virginia Endowment Fund either to entering students or to
students already in the University, and may be renewed from year to year if
the holders records so justify. Half the award is paid to the recipients
at the beginning of the first semester and the balance at the beginning of the
second semester. Application should be made to the Vice President for Student
The Bayly-Tiffany Scholarships were established in 1930
by a bequest of Mrs. Evelyn May Bayly Tiffany as a memorial to Thomas Henry
Bayly and Louis McLane Tiffany. Preference is given to students from Northampton
and Accomack counties, Virginia, but if qualified applicants are not available
from these counties, awards are available to students from other portions of
Virginia or from Maryland. Stipends vary according to need. Application should
be made to the Office of Financial Aid.
The John Y. Mason Fellowship was founded in 1892 upon
the gift of Col. Archer Anderson (Virginia, 1858), of Richmond. The holder must
have been born in Virginia and must be a competent and deserving student in
need of financial aid.
The Aimee Marteau Scholarship is awarded to a worthy
student from the Republic of France on the recommendation of the Department
of French Language and Literature. Income derived from a bequest under the will
of the late Edith S. Figg.
The Gessner Harrison Fellowship was founded in 1933
by a bequest of Robert Lewis Harrison. Appointment is made upon the recommendation
of the Chair of the Department of Classics.
The William P. Snavely Fellowship was founded in 1977
by Tipton R. Snavely, Professor Emeritus of Economics, in memory of his son.
Appointment is made upon recommendation by the Chair of the Department of Economics.
The Sidney Ernest Bradshaw Fellowship was founded in
1936 by a bequest of Dr. Sidney Ernest Bradshaw, Ph.D. (Virginia, 1900), of
$25,000. Appointment is made on the recommendation of the Department of English
to "a graduate student who gives promise of becoming a distinguished college
or university professor of English."
The Henry Coalter Cabell Fellowship was founded in 1903
upon the gift of Mrs. Kate Cabell Claiborne and Captain Henry Cabell, of Richmond.
Appointments are made upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Department
The Majuel Ewing Fellowship recipients are chosen by
the graduate faculty of the Department of English.
The Henry Hoyns Fellowship was established in 1975 through
a bequest in the name of Henry Hoyns. The first fellowships were awarded in
1977. The fellowships are awarded only to creative writers. Applications should
be made to the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English by February
15 and should include manuscripts of the applicants work in either poetry
(20 pages), fiction (30-40 pages), or playwriting.
The Robert D. Saltz Memorial Fellowship was established
in 1972 upon the gift of the Saltz family and donors contributions to
the Robert D. Saltz Memorial Fund. Appointment is made on the recommendation
of the Department of English.
The James Southall Wilson Fellowship was established
in 1954 in honor of Dr. James Southall Wilson, founding editor of the Virginia
Quarterly Review, who prior to his retirement was Edgar Allan Poe Professor
of English, Chair of the Department of English, and Dean of the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences. Appointment is made by recommendation of the Chair of
the Department of English.
The Cincinnati Historical Fellowship was founded in
1955 by the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia. The award is
made annually by the society to a graduate student upon nomination of the faculty
of the Corcoran Department of History. The award may be renewed for a second
year of study at this or another university.
The William Cabell Rives Fellowship was founded in 1905
upon the gift of Dr. William Cabell Rives, of Washington, D.C., in honor of
his grandfather, William Cabell Rives, the distinguished statesman. The holder
must be a graduate student and must devote a portion of his or her time to work
connected with the Department of History. Appointments are made upon the recommendation
of the Department of History.
History and Political Science
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Fellowships have been
established by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation with a view to perpetuating
the spirit and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Preference will be given to applicants
who expect to make college teaching their career and whose interests in history
or political science focus generally upon the history, political ideas, institutions,
and culture of the age of Jefferson.
The Joseph Hall Bodine Scholarship was founded in 1965
by a bequest from Joseph Hall Bodine to be used as a scholarship for married
graduate students majoring in physics. Appointment is made on the recommendation
of the Department of Physics.
The Leland B. and Virginia C. Snoddy Fellowship was
founded in 1964 by a bequest from Virginia Croft Snoddy. Appointment is made
on the recommendation of the Department of Physics to a graduate student specializing
in research in physics.
The John Allan Love Presidential Fellowship was established
in 1982 from a bequest made in 1961 by John Allan Love, a 1907 graduate of the
University. Recipients must be from the State of Missouri, preferably from the
St. Louis area. Appointments are made upon recommendation of the Chair of the
Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics.
The William Wiley Morton Fellowship was established
by Mrs. Nina Morton. Appointments are made upon recommendation of the Woodrow
Wilson Department of Politics.
The Woodrow Wilson Foreign Affairs Fellowship was established
in the 1960s and first awarded in 1982. Appointments are made upon recommendation
of the Chair of the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics.
The BP-America Fellowship was established in 1985 with
an endowed gift from the SOHIO Corporation to provide support for an outstanding
student in the area of science and technology.
The ARCS Fellowship was established in 1984 as an annual
gift from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Achievement Awards for College
Scientists Foundation. This fellowship has a stipend of $12,000 with the recipient
chosen from enrolled students nominated by the science departments.
The Phelps-Stokes Fellowships in Sociology. Awards are
renewable. Founded in 1911 upon the gift of the trustees of the Phelps-Stokes
Fund, these fellowships are awarded to beginning or advanced graduate students
for the study of the Blacks in the South.
The Henry Clay Marchant Fellowships were founded in
1935 by Mrs. Fanny Bragg Marchant, of Albemarle County, Va., in memory of her
husband, Henry Clay Marchant. Appointments are made by the Rector and Visitors
of the University from students recommended by the Dean of the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences. Preference is given to candidates, regardless of religious
denomination, who are preparing to become medical missionaries or to enter the
ministry. When proper selection cannot be made from these two classes of students,
the awards may be conferred upon any scholars, whatever their educational goal,
who are deemed worthy by the Rector and Visitors. The tenure of each fellowship
is one year, but the holder may be reappointed upon the recommendation of the
Dean of the Graduate School.
The Wallerstein Fellowship (with a stipend not to exceed
$5,000) was established by a gift from Ruth C. and Morton L. Wallerstein to
foster interest and research in Virginia municipal government. It is hoped,
but not required, that recipients either be employees or officials of Virginia
municipalities or persons intending to enter or re-enter Virginia municipal
service upon completion of graduate work. Application forms may be obtained
from the Institute of Government, 207 Minor Hall.
Assistantships and part-time instructorships are available
in most departments. These involve teaching, grading, laboratory assistance,
etc. The stipends vary according to the duties and the amount of time required
of the student. For information concerning assistantships, applicants should
write directly to the chair of the department in which they are interested.
Out-of-state graduate students who are teaching assistants
and are paid at least $5,000 may receive a tuition adjustment fellowship to
pay the difference between the out-of-state and in-state tuition. Out-of-state
research assistants and graduate assistants who are paid at least $5,000 may
receive a tuition adjustment fellowship to pay a percentage (up to 100 percent)
of the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition.
Graduate teaching assistants who are employed at half-time
or greater (44 hours per month) will have their in-state tuition and required
fees (excluding activities fees) remitted during the semester of their employment.
Loans and Part-Time Employment
In addition to the fellowships and assistantships described
above, graduate students may apply for financial assistance through the Office
of Financial Aid to Students. All awards from federal loan or employment funds
are based on need. To apply for assistance a University financial aid application
must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid to Students and a Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must reach the appropriate processing center
by March 31. For further information or applications, contact the Office of
Financial Aid to Students, P.O. Box 400207, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,
VA 22904-4207. See chapter 3 for further information.