Doctoral Scholars

The ICTAS Doctoral Scholars Program honors exceptional Ph.D. candidates pursuing interdisciplinary research with a competitive graduate fellowship. The collaborative program is led by ICTAS and jointly supported by significant contributions from the Graduate School and each scholar's college and department. Since the Doctoral Scholars Program was established in 2007, it has supported 84 doctoral candidates from 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 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 coordinator or associate dean. 

Review of applications begins in January 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

The program is targeted for the highest-caliber entering or new Ph.D candidates. Selection criteria include 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 and strategic growth areas.

For more information, contact Vinod Lohani at (540) 231-0019 or via email.


  • 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

  • Experience in interdisciplinary research and opportunities for cross-pollination