Established in 2001, the Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship offered by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the University of Virginia seeks to identify Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates who demonstrate outstanding achievement and the highest promise as scholars, teachers, public servants, and business leaders in the United States and beyond.  Jefferson Fellows further the quality of education, intellectual life, and mission of the University.

The Jefferson Fellowship is an interdisciplinary community. The Fellowship covers the cost of attending the University, provides Fellows with living and research stipends, provides space to engage in research and collaborative conversation, and offers a variety of professional development and enrichment opportunities.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Current graduate students who have advanced to doctoral candidacy during the current academic year, or who have a faculty-endorsed plan for achieving candidacy prior to the fellowship period, are invited to apply for a Jefferson Fellowship.

Fellows in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will receive:

  • A stipend in the amount equivalent to the recipient’s standard living support from GSAS (for two years)
  • Research funds of $5,000
  • Exemption from all assistantship responsibilities (i.e., GTA or GRA), typically during years four and five of study
  • Health insurance

Darden School of Business

Fellows in the Darden Graduate School of Business will receive:

  • A living stipend of approximately $20,000 renewable for two years
  • Research and travel funds up to $7,000
  • Full tuition remittance
  • Health insurance

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science

Fellows in the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will receive:

  • A living stipend of $30,000 to $37,500 depending on the field
  • Research funds up to $2,500
  • Full tuition remittance
  • Health insurance

National Fellowship Program

National Fellows will receive:

  • One year of support for dissertation research and writing
  • A stipend of $25,000.
  • Mentoring from a renowned senior scholar in the field
  • Invitations to two annual conferences, one in the fall and the second in the spring

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Scholarship

The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

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Legacy

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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Fellowship

The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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