Human Development

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Department of Human Development Graduate Assistantship


The Department promotes professional development and provides financial assistance through Graduate Assistantships. Assistantships involve:

-helping with teaching/research

-serving as instructor of record for undergraduate courses, for students with a master's degree who complete a teaching apprenticeship

-working in the Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Adult Day Services program, Family Therapy Center, or another research lab

-administrative work in the Department or Dean's offices

Eligibility for an assistantship includes:

-holding "Regular" full-time student status as defined by the Graduate School

-maintaining a quality credit average of 3.0 or higher

-making satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements

-receiving satisfactory assistantship performance evaluations

Although assistantships are normally made for the academic year, the Department may reassign a student to a different responsibility at any time, depending upon Departmental need, the student's performance, or unanticipated circumstances. If the student demonstrates inability to carry out the work required by an assistantship, the position may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Department Head.

Duration of Funding

We normally offer 4 years of assistantship for funded PhD students, and 2 years for MFT students. Contracts are for one year, with renewal depending on progress in the degree program and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties.

Benefits of Assistantships

Assistantships provide these benefits:


-Tuition waiver

-Health insurance program (see the Graduate School benefits page for details)

Applying for Funding

A question on the Graduate School application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. If you check yes, you will respond to additional questions and be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester.

Please note that you do not need to submit separate application to be consider for Graduate Assistantships.

Sponsored By

Department of Human Development

Application Open Dates

Same as admissions


January 5

Application Form


Contact Person

Cindy Smith


Department of Human Development


Graduate, Human Development

Continuing graduate students enrolled in Human Development with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall who are 1) pursuing a curriculum that includes a formal internship at Adult Day Services, 2) planning to pursue a career in adult day care, or 3) planning to pursue a career in gerontology. Preference shall be given to students with 1) sensitivity and commitment to supporting Adult Day Services clients, families, and program staff; 2) demonstrated financial need; 3) extracurricular leadership with activities and professional associations related to aging; and 4) volunteer service related to gerontology.

Eligibility and Criteria for Schlenker Award

1. Gerontology interests

2. Grade point average of at least 3.0 overall

3. Must be a continuing student.


Graduate, Human Development

Human Development graduate students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall who have supported the intergenerational Neighbors Growing Together program through their research, Service-Learning, field study, paid, or volunteer work with the Adult Day Services and/or the Child Development Center for Learning and Research. Additional selection criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, and financial need.

Eligibility and Criteria for Neighbors Awards

1. Previous service to the Neighbors program

2. Grade point average of at least 3.0 overall

3. Must be a continuing student.

4. Brief statement regarding financial need


Graduate, Human Development

The Mildred Tate Scholarship Fund (2015) funds an outstanding student in Human Development Award. This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in Human Development who exhibits outstanding accomplishments during their years at Virginia Tech. Involvement in research or leadership, evidence of academic excellence, or commitment to women’s professional development further strengthen the application.

Eligibility and Criteria for Tate Awards

1. Grade point average of at least 3.0 overall

Application Document (please single space)

I) Statement of eligibility according to the award criteria (maximum: 1 paragraph)

A. Year (and number of credits completed by May 2017)


C. Financial need (if required for award)

II) Statement of accomplishments (maximum: 1 page)

III) Resume/Curriculum Vitae (maximum: 2 pages)

Submission Procedure (Due by 5:00pm on Monday, March 24, 2017 2)

1) Email your Application Document as a PDF to Andrea Green

In the subject line: Human Development Awards

Your PDF named with this format: Award Name; Last Name, First Name Example: Williamson; Doe, Jane

2) After you submit your application, use the following link to verify the date/time when you submitted the application to Andrea Green. Someone submitting applications for more than one award would complete a verification link for each award application.

Sponsored By

Department of Human Development

Application Open Dates



March 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Application Form(s)

Contact Person

Andrea Green


Department Nominations for Several Fellowships