There are many ways to fund your graduate studies, and we have highlighted a selection of key resources below. To estimate your tuition as a VCU graduate student, please utilize the post-undergraduate calculator. Current students are encouraged to read the twice-monthly graduate student newsletter, With the ProgRAM, where we frequently share third-party fellowship, scholarship and funding opportunities.
Financing graduate study
The VCU Student Financial Services team is available to support you through the process of applying for financial aid and budgeting for your education. Visit the SFS website to estimate your tuition, connect with a peer money coach or learn more about financial aid and expense planning.
Graduate assistantships and fellowships
A number of graduate teaching and research assistantships and fellowships are available to current and incoming graduate students. The criteria and award amounts vary across departments and disciplines. For information on specific opportunities, connect with your graduate program of interest.
National Scholarship Office
The VCU National Scholarship Office supports students in discovering and applying for competitive national and international scholarships and fellowships. These opportunities can support graduate students by funding their studies, research, fieldwork and more. The NSO offers information sessions, workshops, individual advising and for-credit courses, which are free to current students and VCU alumni.
RAMS Scholarship Hub
The RAMS Scholarship Hub is a centralized, searchable database where students can browse available scholarship opportunities offered through various VCU colleges, schools and departments. The Hub features a streamlined application process; current students can apply for several scholarships using a single application, supplemented by answering additional award-specific questions.
Military Student Services
VCU's Military Student Services works with veterans, active service members, spouses and dependents to support their transition from military life to academics. MSS provides advocacy, counseling, connections to resources, and information on the GI Bill, educational assistance and scholarship opportunities.
VCU Libraries: Pivot
Students can access Pivot, a funding opportunities and collaborators database, through VCU Libraries Research Guides. Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with a unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles.
Additional funding opportunities
The VCU Graduate School has partnered with the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program to provide support services to underrepresented minority students seeking their Ph.D. and planning to become college or university professors. Preference will be given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The University Award is for scholars who are within the first year of their Ph.D. program or are expecting admission before the fall semester begins. The University Award offers three years of program support. In addition, the award provides professional development support and covers expenses associated with attending the Compact for Faculty Diversity Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.
For the first two years, the Graduate School will pay university tuition only (not fees), $25,000 stipend support, and administrative cost. In the student’s third year, the school/department will pay university tuition and stipend support for each student commensurate with similar fields who are at the same level and administrative cost. The school/department will pay the university fees for this Institutional Award.
The VCU Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Doctoral Scholars Program, University Award. Deadline is March 18, 2022.
The university will implement an inclusive and holistic approach to its implementation of this program consistent with its overall approach to diversity; the university will include in its outreach underrepresented candidates representing racial, ethnic, and economic diversity, age, gender, LGBTQ status, national origin, disability status, as well as veterans and first generation college-educated.
To be considered, applicants must meet these requirements:
- Must be accepted into a campus-based Ph.D. program.
- Must hold (or will receive) a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the beginning of the fall semester of the year of the application. The program particularly encourages applicants who seek Ph.D.s in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal permanent resident status.
- Must not be employed outside of your department or discipline.
- Must plan to become a full-time college or university faculty member after earning a Ph.D.
Please complete the Google Form application. Application materials include the following:
- One or two-page letter of interest (including a statement of teaching goals)
- Include department, discipline or major field of study
- Include area of specialization
- Transmittal letter of recommendation from the graduate program director, department chair or associate dean of graduate education (may be included in the application materials section or submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org to be attached to the completed application)
Please note that applications will also be reviewed based on letters of recommendation submitted with the graduate admissions application. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.