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The Jefferson Fellowship

Established in 2001, the Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia.Based solely on merit, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the University of Virginia seek to attract Ph.D., M.B.A., and J.D. candidates who show outstanding achievement and the highest promise as scholars, teachers, public servants, and business leaders in the United States and beyond. While at UVa, Jefferson Fellows enhance the quality of the undergraduate learning experience, play a pivotal role in the recruitment and contribute significantly to the University’s intellectual life and mission.


Jefferson Fellows Symposium

Open to the University, the Jefferson Fellows Symposium is designed to provide each Fellow with experience presenting original work for critical feedback in a public setting.The Symposium challenges Jefferson Fellows to present aspects of their research to members of the University community who are outside of the Fellows’ chosen discipline.

Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

The Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue is a biannual conference that provides Jefferson Fellows and scholars from across the world the opportunity to discuss topics common to each of their fields. Each forum considers a particular theme ripe for interdisciplinary scholarship. Last year’s conference, “Fact, Fiction, and Supposition: Creating Truth, Engineering Reality”, included a keynote speech from “The Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait.

 The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture

In the fall of 2010, the Jefferson Fellows launched a new academic journal entitled “The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture.”   The bi-annual journal is dedicated to publishing articles from different disciplines or perspectives that address a common theme or topic of broad interest.  The current Call for Papers is titled “Collaboration” and can be accessed through the Journal website, The deadline is November 4, 2013.