Jefferson Fellows Symposium Series 

Symposia take place throughout the academic year and are designed to give third and fourth year Fellows an opportunity to prepare and deliver academic talks to a public audience early in their careers. Presentations allow Fellows to gain experience, share their research, and nurture a rich interdisciplinary community.

Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Designed and organized by current Jefferson Fellows, this interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars across a wide range of fields to address a selected topic of social or cultural significance. The theme for the 2019 Forum was “Aesthetic and Beauty”, which featured presentations from scholars in music, science, engineering and literature, among other disciplines. The 2018 Forum was “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Justice for the Incarcerated”, which featured a film screening, a panel discussion led by chaplains and volunteers working in prison systems, as well as presentations by doctoral students and faculty from universities across the country.

Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture

The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture offers Fellows the opportunity to design, edit, and manage an academic journal. The journal publishes articles that address topics of broad interdisciplinary interest and accepts submissions from a wide range of fields and perspectives.  The Journal is managed and edited entirely by the Jefferson Fellows.  Please visit the Journal website at to view the most recent issues.

Exploratory Fund

All Jefferson Fellows are invited to apply for merit-based seed funding to implement cutting-edge ideas that create sustainable social, cultural, or economic change.



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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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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