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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. and M.B.A. candidates who show outstanding achievement and the highest promise as scholars, teachers, public servants, and business leaders in the United States and beyond.  Jefferson Fellows enhance the quality of education and contribute significantly to the University’s intellectual life and mission.


Jefferson Fellows Symposium and Jefferson Fellows Lecture Series

The Jefferson Fellows Symposium and Jefferson Fellows Lecture Series are opportunities for Fellows to present their research and thereby enhance the intelluctual life of the University and the Charlottesville community.

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 in an interdisciplinary forum.  The theme for the 2015 conference is “Ethics and Development” and will feature a keynote address from Scott F. Gilbert, the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, where he teaches developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology.  To learn more visit the Forum website.

 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.  To view the most recent issue of  the Jefferson Journal visit