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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 Virginia Tech 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 other topics. The overall aim of the ICTAS Doctoral Scholars program is to support the advancement of the Virginia Tech academic, research, teaching and service missions through inclusive excellence.

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 use by faculty and departments in five Virginia Tech colleges for attracting top Ph.D. candidates from outside of Virginia Tech. We strongly encourage the nomination of students from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.

Since the Doctoral Scholars Program was established in 2007, it has supported 116 doctoral candidates from programs within five Virginia Tech colleges. Past graduates have gone on to careers in academia and with employers including Apple, Inc., Weyerhauser, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of Alabama, among others.

Meet our recent Doctoral Scholars

Application and Award

Potential candidates from outside of Virginia Tech must be nominated by Virginia Tech faculty advisors or departments, and candidates must have applied to the Graduate School through its standard online application

FY21 Announcement and Call for Nominations Coming November 1, 2020

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 or departments. The program is targeted for the highest-caliber new Ph.D candidates. Selection criteria includes academic credentials, research contributions, demonstrated leadership, opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and alignment of the proposed graduate research area with Virginia Tech’s destination areas. We strongly encourage the nomination of students from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.

For more information, contact Mary Kasarda at (540) 231-8552 or via maryk@vt.edu.

Benefits

  • 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
  • Value-Added content to support scholars in becoming citizen scholars who demonstrate the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim – “That I may serve.”
  • Community-building activities
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research and opportunities for cross-pollination