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Tim Linley, Executive Director



Tim Linley is proud to serve the teachers and students of Dallas ISD as Executive Director of Visual & Performing Arts. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Linley served as Director of Instrumental Music for Dallas ISD. Before joining the Dallas ISD, Mr. Linley served as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Richardson High School Cluster in Richardson ISD and as Director of Bands at Centennial High School in Frisco ISD.  Prior to his appointment as the Executive Director - Visual and Performing Arts for Dallas ISD, Tim Linley was the Director of Instrumental Music for Dallas ISD.

Mr. Linley received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University. Bands under his leadership have performed at the UIL State Marching Contest, placed Runner-Up at the TMEA Honor Band Contest, been named Grand Champion at various concert band festivals, and have exclusively received UIL Sweepstakes Awards. Mr. Linley has served as Texas Bandmasters Association Representative for Region 24, Texas Music Educators Association Band Division Chairman for Region 3, in addition to serving on the UIL State Sight-Reading Committee. Currently, Mr. Linley serves on the Executive Committees for UIL Region 20 and UIL Marching Area C.

Mr. Linley’s professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Administrators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha.




Bradley Olesen, Ph.D. - Director

Choral, General and Elementary Music




Born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas,  Dr. Olesen earned his Bachelor's degree in Piano and Master's of Music Performance - Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University. He taught in Mesquite ISD and Round Rock ISD before completing his PhD in music education, with a choral conducting cognate, from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  Before coming home to Dallas ISD, he was assistant professor in choral music education at Schwob Conservatory of Music at CSU,  West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana State University College of Music and Dramatic Arts.  Among the several presentations and articles to his credit, Dr. Olesen’s doctoral dissertation, The Impact of Musical Background, Choral Conducting Training and Music Teaching Style on the Choral Warm-up Philosophy and Practices of Successful High School Choral Directors, was selected for presentation at the 2010 International Society for Music Education World Conference, Beijing, China.  Brad is a member of TMEA, ACDA, TCDA, International Society of Music Educators, Philosophy of Music Education - SRIG.  When not at work, you will - more than likely (if you are lucky) - reach him on a mountain river in Colorado fly-fishing.  He claims he already has caught the biggest trout...but no one was around to verify.  He's also a Sig Ep, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi.  


Brad credits Dr. William Westney, Michele Heerema Sargent and Dr. Ken Davis for their incredible mentorship.  He also carries the torches of those whom have given him the time and dedication to hone the craft of teaching and teaching others how to teach:  Alfred Mann, Paul Salamunovich, Karl Dent, Drs. Ed Asmus, Nick and Joyce DeCarbo, Dean Southern, Joshua Habermann, and, particularly Dr. Jo Michael-Scheibe and Dr. Stephen Zdzinski.

Successes include Outstanding Faculty Award at West Chester University of Pennsylvania - 2011, 2012 & 2013., 2013 People's Choice Award - from the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement: Presented to an individual at WCU (student or employee) who has a genuine concern for others, is committed to serve and has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment of the campus community. He has been actively engaged in conducting/presenting regionally and nationally. He was the director of the Voices of the Valley Children's Chorus (CSU), Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus Director, Illinois High School Honor Choir, Maryland Middle School Honor Choir, Archdiocese of Philadelphia 4th-6th grade Honor Choir (2013 & 2014), University of Miami Maelström - Men's Choir, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Guest Choral Reading Session presenter, ACDA - Eastern Division Research Presentation (Rhode Island, 2012), ACDA-Pennsylvania, Louisiana Music Educators Association Presentation, Faculty Senate at WCUPA, High Street Harmonix Faculty Advisor. Nominated as Co-Chair of NFO – 2012 , Chair of Statistics / Survey Sub-Committee 2012, 2013, served on Board of Directors: Ken Davis Chorale – Dallas, Texas 2011-2014 – Singing member, Soloist: June 2013, Concert/Soloist at Texas Choral Directors Association – July 2014.  

Success, though, may also be measured in the number of students who have gone to become music educators.  His students hold positions of professor at Clemson University, Texas Tech University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Murray State University, University of Montevallo, University of Indiana, and Tufts University. He served as graduate thesis advisor to twenty-four students and four dissertation committees from 2010-2015, as well as over 110 student teacher supervision placements.  


Research includes the following (either published or submitted & awaiting review):

Olesen, B. C. (2013)., Fence-straddling music philosophy: Paradigmatic analysis for music education advocacy. Philosophy of Music Education Journal. Submitted for peer review, July 15, 2013, in revision, October 18, 2015 

Zdzinski, S. F., Ireland, S. J. , Wuttke, B.C., Belen, K. E., Olesen, B. C. , Doyle, J. L., & Russell, B. E. (2013). An exploratory neuropsychological case study of two chromesthetic musicians. Psychology of Music. Submitted for peer review, August 15, 2015. 

Olesen, B. C. (2010). Choral Evaluation Survival Techniques. Published: Choral Journal, 50 (11): 51-57. 

Olesen, B., & Doyle, J., Zdzinski, S. F., Ireland, S. J., Belen, K., Russell, B., Wuttke, B., (2010). An exploratory neuropsychological case study of two chromesthetic musicians. In G. Mata, & A. Yin (Eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd International Seminar on Research in Music Education (pp. 137-142). 


Zdzinski, S. F., Ireland, S. J., Belen, K. E., Doyle, J., Olesen, B. C., Russell, B. & Wuttke, B. (Presented at International RAIME conference October 2009). A Neuropsychological Case Study of Two Chromesthetic Musicians with and without Absolute Pitch. 


Presentations include:

 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association – State Conference: Praxis Review for Pre-service Teachers – TBD: March 28, 2014 

 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 – High School Reading session – November 5, 2013

 Austin Peay State University Guest Lecturer: Impact Teaching – What it takes to thrive in a teaching environment – October 27, 2013 – for APSU undergraduate and graduate music education and choral conducting students.

 American Choral Directors Association Easter Division – Research Presentation: The Impact of Musical Background, Choral Conducting Training and Music Teaching Style on the Choral Warm-up Philosophy and Practices of Successful High School Choral Directors. – Rhode Island, February 1-2, 2012

 West Chester University Research Day – Research Poster: Secondary Choral Warm-up and the Impact on the Success of Suburban Choral Programs. – April 10, 2012

 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 – Secondary Choral Reading Session – November 6, 2012

 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 – Professional Development Conference: Social Dynamics of Choral Music Education. Valley Forge Christian College – November 8, 2011

 American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division – Research Gallery Presentation Acceptance: The Impact of Musical Background, Choral Conducting Training and Music Teaching Style on the Choral Warm-up Philosophy and Practices of Successful High School Choral Directors. Accepted on August, 30th, 2011.

 American Choral Directors Association – Pennsylvania Summer Conference: The Impact of Musical Background, Choral Conducting Training and Music Teaching Style on the Choral Warm-up Philosophy and Practices of Successful High School Choral Directors. Penn State University, August 8-9, 2011.

 West Chester University Music Education Association – Student Chapter: Choral Repertoire Selection – November 16, 2011.

 Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference, November, 2010: The Impact of Choral Warm-ups on Secondary Teaching Success.

 Abilene Independent School District – 1 day In-service on Choral Director Teacher Motivation and Best Practices, August, 2010.

 Louisiana State University Graduate Music Education Research Group Faculty Presentation

 International Society of Music Educators – Beijing, China. [Invitation Extended] August, 2010: Dissertation research findings: The Impact of Musical Background, Choral Conducting Training and Music Teaching Style on the Choral Warm-up Philosophy and Practices of Successful High School Choral Directors.

 Research, Creativity and Innovation Forum, April, 2010: 1st Place – Dissertation research presentation.

 Florida Music Educators Association - January, 2010 [Requested Repeat of previous conference]: How and When to Get Into Graduate School.

 Florida Music Educators Association, 2009: How and When to Get Into Graduate School.

 University of Miami, 2009: Fuller and Brown’s Stages of Concern: A model for beginning teacher growth.

 University of Miami 2008: Guest Lecture: Advocacy in the 21st Century. 






 Dimas Delgado, Director of Instrumental Music 




Mr. Dimas Delgado is from San Antonio, Texas.  He attended East Central High School graduating in 1994.  While in high school, he won the prestigious Louis Armstrong award for jazz as well as the A&M Kingsville High School Jazz Festival solo award. 

He began his educational career at the University of Texas San Antonio.  While at UTSA, he played lead trombone in the jazz trombone section alongside legendary trombone soloist Ron Wilkens.  In 1995, Delgado marched in the Lone Star Drum and Bugle Corps playing lead baritone.  

Delgado next attended Texas Tech University.  During his time at Texas Tech, he toured with the TTU Jazz Ensemble and played at the 1997 TMEA convention.  He studied trombone under Mr. Don Lucas and played the International Trombone Festival with the trombone choir, which came in at first place.  In 1997, Delgado marched with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps winning the silver medal in the DCI World Championships in Orlando, Florida.  He also marched in the Goin’ Band from Raider Land 1997-1999.  Delgado is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national brotherhood of musicians.  Delgado graduated from Texas Tech University in December 1999.  In 2001, he was invited back to tour with the TTU Trombone choir to England with world renowned trombone soloist Carsten Svanberg.  

Delgado completed a Master of Education degree from the University of North Texas in 2009 and is a certified educational administrator.  

Delgado began his teaching career with Dallas ISD at Skyline High School in 1999.  In 2001, he began a four year stay at Arlington High School.  He joined the Boswell High School staff in June of 2005.  While at Boswell, his marching bands placed into the UIL State Marching Contest in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.  Delgado’s concert bands earned consistent sweepstakes awards and he also started the Boswell Jazz Orchestra.  His jazz bands earned honors such as 1st place UTA Jazz Festival, 1st place, Highlander Jazz Festival, 1st place Texas Tech Jazz Festival, and 1st place Longhorn Jazz Festival and many other recognitions.  His most recent position was as Director of Bands at Azle High School.  His professional affiliations include, TMEA, TBA, TJEA, and TMAA. In 2016-2017, Delgado will be in his 19th year of education.





Monica Hayslip, Director of Visual Art





A native Buckeye from Bellbrook, OH, Mrs. Monica Hayslip graduated from Boston College with a BA in Studio Art and MEd in Teaching from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. Her career began at Independent Day School in Tampa, Florida, teaching Elementary Art for 3 years. After moving to Texas, she spent 17 years in Carroll ISD teaching Secondary Art.  During her tenure at Carroll HS, Ms. Hayslip wrote and was awarded over $65k in grants for her art program, designed a new art building, wrote curriculum and developed professional development.  For TAEA, Ms. Hayslip served as the VASE Director for Region 10S in 2013.

In addition, Mrs. Hayslip founded and successfully ran Southlake Art Academy for 5 years to address funding cuts to the visual arts. Over 200+ students, ages 4-adult, participated in private and group lessons, studio workshops and portfolio development.  At SMU in Dallas, TX, Monica created and implemented the Meadows Academy for Young Artists (MAYA) for high school students, providing summer camps, portfolio reviews and figure drawing workshops.

Mrs. Hayslip was a chosen as a member of the TEK Fine Arts Review Committee from 2010-2012, to rewrite the newly adopted Art TEKS, presenting changes to the State Board of Education.  She also served on the SBOE Fine Arts Textbook Committee.

 At Dallas ISD since 2013 as the Secondary Art Coordinator, Mrs. Hayslip recently took on Elementary Art.  Eager to vertically align all components of the visual arts, she loves visiting, mentoring and developing all Dallas ISD K-12 art teachers.  A member of TAEA and NAEA, she actively promotes VASE and partnerships with local museums and universities.  When she is not at work, you can find her on Lake Lewisville with her family enjoying watersports, gardening and photographing gorgeous lake sunsets.




Rachel Harrah, Director of  Theatre & Dance





Rachel Harrah is the Director of Theatre and Dance for Dallas Independent School District. Prior to her administrative role, she was the 2015-2016 Dallas Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year, a 2015-2016 Region 10 Semi-Finalist, a district TEI exemplar teacher, the former head of the Fine and Performing Arts Career Pathway as well as the former Theatre Department Chair at Thomas Jefferson High School. Globally, she collaborates at New York University assisting new theatre educators through her current Master’s degree program. She graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of West Florida in 2005. Rachel received the Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2015 school year and was voted as Thomas Jefferson’s Teacher of the year in 2014. 



Before coming to DISD, she worked as an educator and lead teaching artist with various theater companies such as: Dallas Theater Center, The Alliance Theater, and Dallas Children's Theater. She worked as a professional actor for fifteen years and decided to follow her true passion, using theater as a way of reaching kids and helping them realize their choices and change their own course. 


During her tenure at Thomas Jefferson High School, she built one of the best programs in Dallas growing from a mere 70 students to a total enrollment of 530 students in a theatre classroom. In the last four years, she has received over 20 grants for her classroom from Dallas Theater Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Summer Musicals, Shakespeare Dallas, and New York University. 

Besides providing her with the incredibly humbling opportunity to impact every student in the state of Texas by ensuring a higher level of instruction, writing for the TExES Theatre EC-12 and EC-6 Teacher Certification Exam allows Rachel the honor of developing curriculum for DISD as a head writer for the Middle School and High School curriculum planning guides. She collaborates with various core teachers on a project called, “A Theatrical Education.” The endgame is to produce curriculum and professional development suggesting methods and lesson plans that integrate artistic devices, games, and strategies within every core subject classroom. Her work on “A Theatrical Education” is on a national scale, collaborating with educators in New York, Denver and across Texas to bring a new resource to engage and enrich the learning of all students in a personal and visceral way. 

Rachel develops and presents workshops and events for educators on a local and international scale. In 2014, she was recognized by New York University for her work and was given a scholarship to study in London for her Masters in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities with a global study option. 


In 2015, she was able to fundraise over $27,000.00 in one month to send five students from Thomas Jefferson High School to attend New York University for a month and study Shakespeare with NYU faculty, herself and 20 other graduate students. Rachel is honored to represent DISD in Distinguished Teacher Review videos and interviews and is grateful for any opportunity to speak about the Dallas Dance and Theatre students and the ways in which they are changing their own trajectory through artistic programming.


Rachel is a proud member of various organizations including: Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre Educators of North Texas (TENT), and Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA), Dallas School Administrators Association (DSAA), and Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA).



Jenny Fridge, Special Projects Coordinator




Jenny graduated from Texas Tech in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and master’s degree in 1999 in Choral Conducting.  She has served in arts administration roles for various ensembles and organizations for over 20 years.  Before becoming Special Projects Coordinator, she served as an Administrative Assistant with Dallas ISD VPA writing service contracts and coordinating transportation for all VPA students. 

Prior to her time with Dallas ISD, Jenny has served as the Education Coordinator for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra where she was responsible for the logistics of all DSO Youth Concerts, the booking and operational support for the Symphony YES! program, Bach’s Lunch, and Amazing Music.  She also managed all aspects of the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition and served as a liaison for the DSO Teen Council, Education Committee and Curriculum Writing Committee.

 As President of the Ken Davis Chorale from 2011 – 2016, Jenny presided over the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.  She also managed logistical accommodations of a 60 member chorus that met twice a year.  Jenny assisted the Artistic Director with all administrative tasks and led committees overseeing the development and functionality of the Ken Davis Chorale.

 Jenny has a background in teaching elementary music as well as PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities).  Jenny taught Kinder and First Grade Choir at First United Methodist Church Dallas for 5 years growing the program from 8 to 25 singers. 

 Jenny also has multi-year experience managing not for profit musical organizations writing grants and serving as business and marketing managers.


Marylin Miller, Professional Support Staff





Marissa Sanchez, Professional Support Staff 



















Externally Funded Fellowships

If you are a newly admitted graduate student, and you have received a competitive fellowship, scholarship, grant or similar award from an agency external to UT Arlington, and that award pays a significant part of your tuition, fees and living expenses during your graduate studies in the US, we encourage you to apply for the Graduate Dean Funded Scholar’s Fellowship(, 66KB).

Please note, fellowship awards may impact student loans. If you have or plan to obtain a student loan, check with the Financial Aid Office before accepting any type of fellowship.

All But Dissertation Doctoral Fellowships

Computer Science Fellowships

Humanities & Social Sciences Fellowships

Fellowships for Minorities/New Americans

Science & Engineering Fellowships

Technology Professional/Business Fellowships


Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund

Accenture is pleased to announce that, through a partnership agreement with the American Indian Graduate Center, it is accepting applications for the Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund. The Accenture scholarships meet a vital need for American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and having financial need.

Mellon / Dissertation Completion Fellowships exist to assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure or shortly thereafter.

Dissertation Fellowship Program in American Art

The Henry Luce Foundation/ Dissertation Fellowship Program in American Art provides year-long fellowships to doctoral candidates doing dissertations in the art history of the United States. Limited to students in departments of art history.

Graduate Scholarships

The Educational Foundation sponsors four categories of scholarship assistance, available for graduate students currently enrolled full-time at accredited universities in the United States.

American Association of University Women

These fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

American Association of University Women – International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions is supported.

American Association of University Women – Selected Professions Fellowships

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation has traditionally been low. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

American Educational Research Association

The Grants Program provides small grants and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and including the analysis of data from the large-scale data-sets sponsored by the and .

Minority Fellowship Program

The ’s objective is to increase the knowledge of issues related to ethnic minority mental health and to improve the quality of mental health treatment delivered to ethnic minority populations by providing financial support and professional guidance to individuals pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology and neuroscience.

Association for Institutional Research

The Charles I Brown and Cameron Fincher Fellowship Awards recognize outstanding dissertation proposals. The dissertation fellowship program provides funds to doctoral students beginning their dissertation. The program supports research on postsecondary education using the and national databases or research studies that increase the understanding and knowledge of student decisions in postsecondary education.

Charlotte W Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Charlotte W Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports the final year of dissertation writing for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose research addresses ethical or religious values.

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the Chateaubriand Fellowship program offered by the Embassy of France. The program offers 10 months of support for PhD students from US institutions to conduct research in France. There are two programs: one is a fellowship program and the other focuses on Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS.) Recipients receive a stipend, health insurance, and funds for round trip travel to France. The deadline for the program is December 31st, 2011; Fellowship applications are due February 1st, 2012. According to the announcement, “Candidates do not have to be US citizens, but French citizens are not eligible to apply. Students must be enrolled in at an American university.”

Council on Library and Information Resources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is offers fellowships funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to: help junior scholars in the humanities and related social-science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources; enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available; encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the US and abroad; and provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship is for undergraduate seniors or second year graduate students planning full-time study toward a PhD in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences. Students involved in yearly conferences and have the opportunity to complete a practicum at a national laboratory. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Department of Energy Office of International Climate Change Policy & Technology Fellowship Program

Opportunity in Washington, DC to contribute to a multilateral initiative to promote industrial efficiency in major economies through the Clean Energy Ministerial. The Fellowship position would involve frequent interactions with international counterparts and some international travel. Prior industrial efficiency experience and demonstrated project management skills are both required. Preferred qualifications include international experience and prior work in energy and/or climate change policy. Familiarity with energy management is also desirable. Stipends range from $50,000 to $100,000 depending on academic level, skills, and experience. Additional allowances for medical insurance or transportation may be provided.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the US. The fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a US academic institution for three years.

Student Design Competition for Sustainability

EPA’s P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet Program is a unique competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life. The competition has two phases. For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. They bring the design in April to the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington DC to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of $90,000 to take their design to real world application.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The Ford Foundation offers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships.

Fellowship Program

The Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Physics, in partnership with Graduate Studies, have received $1.4 million in federal grants from the US Department of Education through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship Program. This program supports exceptional doctoral students who demonstrate financial need in fields deemed critical to the US.

Graduate Dean Funded Scholar’s Fellowships

Graduate Dean Funded Scholar’s Fellowships are being offered to students who have applied and received significant funding from agencies external to The University of Texas at Arlington for graduate education. The award will commence with the Fall semester of 2010.

Graduate Dean Funded Scholar’s Fellowships(, 66KB)

Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Scholarship

To encourage women to pursue careers in transportation, the Great Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of awards a $1,500 scholarship to one graduate student and a $1,000 scholarship to one undergraduate student.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. Awards are made to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year. Applicants may be citizens of any country, studying at colleges or universities in any country.

Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work

The Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program is funded by the John A Hartford Foundation and administered by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). It is a component of the nationwide Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI) that seeks to expand the training of social workers that can improve the health and well being of older persons and their families.

Horizons Foundation Scholarship Program

Women In Defense, A National Security Organization, established the Horizons Foundation to encourage women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. The scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are US citizens, either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas.

College Scholarship Program (National)

The College Scholarship Program is available on a competitive basis to community college, four-year college, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. Award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $3,000.

/ McNamara Family Creative Arts Project Grant

In partnership with the McNamara Family Foundation, this program provides financial resources to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in a creative arts related field —media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, and others— to assist them in beginning and completing an art project. Students may be potentially eligible for grants up to $20,000.

Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship

These fellowships are designed to allow outstanding early-career researchers to facilitate research related to hydropower. Research undertaken by the Foundation and its Fellows seeks to advance knowledge about hydroelectric technology, including efficiency improvements and environmental mitigation. Fellows are selected based on research vision, innovation, academic performance, potential for leadership and overall strength of their research proposal. Hydro Research Foundation Fellows will be awarded two years of support for applied research in the field of hydropower. Fellowship applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree by the date of the Fellowship award and be a full time master’s or doctoral student.

IBM PhD Fellowship Program

The IBM PhD Fellowship Program is intended to honor exceptional PhD students in disciplines of mutual interest, fundamental to innovation and on-demand business, including: business, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering and physics, as well as emerging technical fields such as autonomic computing, nanotechnology, grid computing, e-business, on-demand and services management, operations, research, and services science. The IBM PhD Fellowship Program also supports a long-standing commitment to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, minorities, and all who contribute to that diversity.

International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States.

International Research and Exchanges Board

’s Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) program seeks to attract, select, and support in-depth field research by US students, scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, as well as to disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad. The IARO Program provides fellows with the means and support necessary to conduct in-country research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. The IARO Program plays a vital role in supporting the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of US scholars and experts who can enrich the U.S. understanding of developments in Southeast Europe and Eurasia.

Institute of International Education

The US Student Fulbright Program is sponsored by the US Department of State. It is the largest US international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.

Jeanette Elmer Scholarship

This fund is designated to provide scholarships to students who have completed their bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at an accredited institution and who are members of Wisconsin, New Mexico or Arizona tribes.

John L Carey Scholarships

This scholarship program provides financial assistance to liberal arts degree holders pursuing graduate studies in accounting. These awards are intended to encourage liberal arts undergraduates to consider professional accounting careers.

Korean-American Students Foundation Scholarships

Annual awards to provide partial financial support for Korean-American students at US institutions of higher education, in both graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Awards are based on an evaluation of applicant financial need, merit, and academic achievement.

Leo S Rowe Pan American Fund for Students from Latin America or The Caribbean

The Leo S Rowe Fund (“the Rowe Fund,”) an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS,) helps citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean OAS Member countries finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars.

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

The Lewis and Clark Fund (initially supported by a benefaction from the late Stanford Ascherman, MD, of San Francisco) encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, astrobiology and space science, biology, ecology, geography, geology, and paleontology, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

Link Foundation Energy Fellowship

In an effort to foster education and innovation in the area of societal production and utilization of energy, the Link Foundation invites applications for 2-year fellowships of $25,000/year for students working toward a PhD degree.

Luminant Environmental Research Program

This program provides research grants to students working on master’s or doctoral degrees from Texas Institutions. Awards are made to students whose thesis or dissertation research is focused on assessment, control or abatement of the environmental impacts of Luminant operations including strip mining, thermal effluents, and reclamation of mined lands. In order to apply, a student must be accepted into the laboratory of a supervising professor and present a minimum combined GRE score of 1100.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF)

The was established in 1981 to honor the late Margaret McNamara and her commitment to the well-being of women and children in developing countries. The MMMF awards educational grants to women from developing countries whose graduate studies and future plans aim to benefit women and children in their respective regions. Commitment to this goal is an essential selection criterion. Previous grant recipients studied agriculture, architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, education, forestry, journalism, nursing, nutrition, pediatrics, public administration, public health, social sciences, and social work.

Myra Sadker Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award was designed to promote and support graduate students engaged in educational equity research. Doctoral level dissertations that explore or promote educational equity and fairness based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, or other such variables will be considered for support, at a level of $2,000 a year.

/ Harriett G Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The mission of the Harriett G Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP) is to increase the numbers of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the math, science, engineering, and technology (STEM) disciplines. Up to 20 fellows will be selected annually. Fellowships are awarded to applicants that have been accepted into an accredited Master’s or Doctoral program.

National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, about 25 fellowships will be awarded.

National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1st, 2007, and December 31st, 2012. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Up to twenty NAEd/Spencer Fellowships will be awarded.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

The Department of Defense will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. These fellowships will be awarded for study and research leading to doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study in science or engineering.

National Physical Science Consortium

This program provides fellowships for qualified students, especially minorities and women, to pursue the doctorate in fields and then enter business or industry. The goal of the program is to increase the mathematics, computer science, and physics, talent pool.

National Research Council

The mission of the Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the US government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Graduate Research Fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Graduate Student Research Grant Program

The NCAA Research Committee invites research proposals within the general topic areas of student-athlete well-being and college athletics participation. Research grants are available for graduate students only and are intended to support the student while conducting research to be used for a doctoral dissertation, master's thesis or external publication. Awards for these research grants are set at a maximum of $7,500 for one-year projects.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. Candidates must be holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens or children of two naturalized citizen parents.

Ralph H Rodick Sr Mentoring and Leadership Scholarship

Each of these annual scholarships lasts two years and is awarded at the beginning of the fall semester of each academic year. These scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books and other college-related expenses. Recipients will be expected to conduct research in the area of mentoring and leadership, to present their research locally and nationally, and to publish their research in scientific journals.

Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students

This scholarship program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. These awards are funded by the Foundation from monies contributed by the AICPA, its members, public accounting firms, and others.

Social Science Research Council

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States. The IDRF program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies grounded in empirical and site-specific research (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection.) The program promotes research that is at once located in a specific discipline and geographical region and engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives.

Scholarships for Graduate Students

These scholarships are available to full time students enrolled in . To apply, you must be a US citizen and medically qualified, with a GPA greater than 2.5.


The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

Spencer Foundation

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Graduate Fellowship Program – Recommended Scholars

The Vietnam Education Foundation is a special initiative by the government and the people of the United States to promote closer relations between the US and Vietnam. We do so by providing opportunities for Vietnamese nationals to pursue graduate and post-graduate studies in science and technology in the US.

Wanda J Schafer Graduate Scholarship

The Wanda J Schafer Graduate Scholarship was established in 2002 by the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter of to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation. This scholarship is awarded to women pursuing graduate studies in transportation or a related field.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

The Charlotte W Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help PhD candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.

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