Virginia Tech™home

Doctoral Scholars

The ICTAS Doctoral Scholars Program is dedicated to the recruitment of top students from outside of Virginia Tech to increase the diversity of educational, research, and experiential backgrounds in our research programs.  The ICTAS Doctoral Scholars Program honors exceptional new Ph.D. candidates pursuing interdisciplinary research with a competitive 4-year graduate fellowship, along with value-added activities on topics such as professional use of social media, government relations, and technical communications, among others.  

This collaborative program is led by ICTAS and jointly supported by significant contributions from the Graduate School, ICTAS, each scholar's college, and the scholar’s department/advisor.  The program is a targeted recruitment tool for attracting top PhD candidates from outside of Virginia Tech. 

Since the Doctoral Scholars Program was established in 2007, it has supported 105 doctoral candidates from programs within six Virginia Tech colleges. Past graduates have gone on to careers in academia and with employers including Apple, Inc., Weyerhauser, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Meet our recent Doctoral Scholars

Application and Award

Potential candidates from outside of VT are nominated by faculty advisors, and must have applied to the Graduate School through its standard online application. Faculty members should submit nomination packets to their department's graduate director or college associate dean.

Letter to VT Faculty:  Announcement and Nomination Form

Review of applications begins in December of each year. Recipients are notified on an on-going basis until the available slots are filled. The full cohort of scholars is formally announced after all acceptances are received.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Only students currently outside of VT can be nominated by faculty.  The program is targeted for the highest-caliber new Ph.D candidates. Selection criteria includes academic credentials, demonstrated dedication to the scholar’s chosen field of study, opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and alignment of proposed graduate research with ICTAS’ and Virginia Tech’s destination areas.

For more information, contact Mary Kasarda at (540) 231-8552 or via


  • Full graduate tuition support
  • Competitive stipend and associated benefits for the period of Ph.D. pursuit, to a maximum of four years
  • Partial travel support for professional development and external presentations
  • Value-Added short workshops and events to support professional leadership success
  • Community-building activities
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research and opportunities for cross-pollination