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Scholarships and Fellowships

Students in Coursework

A.D. Williams Scholarship
This two-year award was established by a privately supported research foundation in support of Ph.D. student scholarship and health-related research. It provides tuition support (no fees) and a stipend of $20,000 per year. Only new, incoming full-time students are eligible to apply for this award. 

Tuition Scholarships

Tuition scholarships are available to Ph.D. nursing students enrolled in a full-time plan of study. University and program fees are the responsibility of the student. Students in the M.S. to Ph.D. option are eligible for two years of support; B.S. to Ph.D. students are eligible for three years of support. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to receive support.

Waverly Cole Scholarship
Dr. Waverly Cole was a friend, staunch advocate and faithful supporter of the VCU School of Nursing for nearly a decade.  He was a close friend of the school’s former dean, the late Dr. Doris B. Yingling.  Dr. Cole made a gift in honor of Dr. Yingling and the former dean, Dr. Nancy Langston. The school has established two scholarships named for Dr. Cole. These awards provide tuition (no fees) and a $13,500 stipend for one year. Incoming and returning full-time students in coursework are eligible to apply for this award. 

Students in Dissertation

Downs Ph.D. Scholarship

Shirley T. Downs devoted her life to the VCU School of Nursing. She loved students, and they loved her. Without her help, many may not have graduated. This award provides tuition support (no fees) and a stipend. Students in the dissertation phase, who have defended the dissertation proposal, are eligible to apply for this award.

Stokes Ph.D. Fellowship
The Stokes Fellowship was established by Margaret B. Stokes, a 1944 graduate of the VCU School of Nursing. The award’s purpose is to support and encourage Ph.D. nursing students in the development of programs of scholarship that will lead to the dissemination of knowledge relevant to the research tracks of the Ph.D. program. The award provides tuition support (no fees) and a stipend. Students in the dissertation phase, who have defended the dissertation proposal, are eligible to apply for this award. 

Complete this application to apply for any of the above awards.

External funding

The VCU School of Nursing encourages students to seek external funding related to their research interests and background. The following opportunities are available at external organizations:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • Financial aid
  • Scholarships

American Educational Research Association

  • Grants; research and dissertation
  • Fellowships

Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program

  • The application must be completed and submitted by the School of Nursing
  • The applicant must be a full-time student with 2 years remaining in the doctoral program
  • The scholarship is a two-year award that provides $10,000 in financial support ($5,000 in first year and $5,000 in second year)
  • The VCU School of Nursing must match the award
  • The VCU School of Nursing must provide up to $2,500 for the student to attend the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence/AACN Leadership Development Conference

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

  • Student works with a faculty sponsor to complete an application
  • Highly competitive awards
  • Provides up to five years of support (tuition, stipend and fees) for research training leading to a Ph.D. in biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences

Nurses Educational Funds

  • Available for master’s and doctoral degree students; individual application process
  • Student must be enrolled full or part time in a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program in nursing or a nursing-related field
  • Student must have completed at least 12 credits of the program at the time of application
  • Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.6

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

  • Offers small research grants to doctoral students who are members
  • Local chapters often provide their own small research grants. We are home to the Gamma Omega Chapter. Doctoral student members are eligible to apply for our chapter’s Nursing Science and Practice Grant. The grant’s purpose is to further nursing knowledge through the development of research and/or evidence-based practice.

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