Teacher Education Funding Opportunities

The School of Education and Human Development's Teacher Education program participates in many award, fellowship, and scholarship programs!

The list below features many of our fellowship and loan/scholarship programs. The department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education offers additional scholarships. The Teacher Education office will contact incoming and current students as opportunities for additional awards arise.

Federal Aid: Students are encouraged to review options for federal aid. The aid process is managed through Student Financial Services

  • Graduate students: In SIS, you may see a March deadline in the University Financial Aid application instructions, but this is not a firm deadline for graduate students to apply for federal aid.   You can submit the 2021-22 FAFSA and University Financial Aid Application at any time and once both are received your file will be ready for review. Note that summer aid is not awarded until mid-April. Fall and spring aid are awarded in early July. All graduate aid comes in the form of loans and work study. 
  • Undergraduate students: Pay close attention to the deadlines listed on the SFS website and in SIS. The deadline for the 2021-22 year was March 1, 2021. If you submit your FAFSA and/or Profile after the deadline, you may still receive some grants, but they cannot guarantee funding. In recent years, they have been able to give grants to late applicants, but they can't always do this.

School Awards: The School of Education and Human Development offers a range of need- and merit-based awards for students. Students can seek a faculty nomination per the guidelines on the UVA EHD website. Current part-time and full-time students are eligible. Incoming students are not currently eligible for these awards. 

Departmental Awards: The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education offers a range of need- and merit-based awards for students. Even if they do not plan on accepting aid, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA, which is used to determine eligibility for need-based awards. Students must be enrolled as full-time students in the on-grounds program to be eligible.  

  • 1-year Master of Teaching: All applicants are automatically considered for CISE awards; students do not need to complete a separate application. The scholarship committee will begin to review applications February 1, the priority deadline for applications to the program. Recipients will be contacted during the spring semester. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Education: Department administration will send a self-nomination form to students each December. Students should nominate themselves and seek a faculty nomination. 

PreK-12 Educator Discount: Students enrolled in our part-time programs may be eligible for a tuition discount. The School of Education and Human Development grants reduced tuition rates to eligible preK-12 educators according to the eligibility guidelines listed on the application form. The reduced tuition rate can be applied to up to six credits of coursework per semester.

Teacher Education Funding Opportunities

  • African American Teaching Fellows

    Funding: $5000 for each year as a fellow

    Commitment during the Teacher Education program: Participate in a summer institute, ongoing mentoring activities, and professional development activities

    Post-graduation commitment: 1 year of teaching per year of funding; must teach in Albemarle County or Charlottesville City Schools

    Eligible students:

    • Review the eligibility requirements here
    • Students receiving this fellowship may accept an additional fellowship offer as long as the second fellowship does not require they teach outside of Albemarle County or Charlottesville City Schools


    • Students not currently enrolled in the Teacher Education program must submit an application per the deadlines provided on each program page
    • Interested students must simultaneously submit an application to AATF through their website by January 31, 2021

    More information: https://www.aatf.org/

    Contact: Jaime Hawkins

    EHD School Contact: Jillian McGraw

  • America Reads (Work Study Opportunity)

    With the radical changes in schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community’s children and teachers need tutoring assistance more than ever. America Reads is a federal work-study program that assigns UVA students to tutor community school children in reading and math. While our tutors have worked in schools in the past, this fall they may primarily tutor students online. America Reads tutors not only provide a valuable service to our community, they build rewarding relationships with children, teachers and schools.

    Funding: Federal Work Study Award

    • Undergraduate students: $11/hour
    • Graduate students: $16/hour (Students in the 1-year Master of Teaching program are typical unavailable for America Reads Tutoring due to the intensive schedule)

    Commitment: fall and spring semesters (both semesters preferred if possible)

    Eligible students: 

    • Undergraduate and graduate students who have been awarded federal work-study awards
    • Note: Graduate students who were not awarded work-study as part of their financial aid package but are interested in a tutoring position should contact Donna Lewis-Wagner, America Reads Coordinator


    More information: https://curry.virginia.edu/services-outreach/america-reads

    Contact: Donna Lewis-Wagner

  • Project VIDEO: Special Education Fellowship

    Funding: $12,000

    Commitment during the Teacher Education program: Take a course in Clinical Phonetics as part of a collaboration with the Master of Education in Speech Communication Disorders; participate in evaluation activities, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups

    Post-graduation commitment: 2 years as a special education teacher or in a closely related role serving students with disabilities; participate in evaluation activities, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups

    Eligible students: 

    • Students entering the Special Education post-graduate Master of Teaching program (must be in the full-time, on-grounds 1-year program)
    • Students receiving this fellowship may accept an additional fellowship offer with the exception of the Noyce Scholarship, which requires students to complete the Science Education program


    • Students must apply to the Master of Teaching program by April 1 (priority deadline: February 1)
    • Dr. Kennedy will contact admitted students with Project VIDEO application materials

    More information: https://curry.virginia.edu/project-video-fellowships-special-education-and-speech-language-pathology

    Contact: Michael Kennedy

  • TEACH Grant

    Funding: up to $4000 per year (pro-rated for part-time students)

    • Full-time on-grounds students are eligible for fall and spring funding. Special circumstances may be considered, but if students are seeking fall and spring funding, they are not eligible for summer funding.
    • Part-time online students are eligible for funding in summer, fall, and spring.

    Commitment during the Teacher Education program: None

    Post-graduation commitment: 4 years (within an 8 year period) of teaching in a high-need subject area at schools that serve low-income families

    Eligible students: 

    • This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students; review the eligibility requirements.
    • Students receiving this fellowship may accept an additional fellowship offer with the exception of the Noyce Scholarship

    Application: Review the application process. Note that you must complete several financial aid forms even if you are not applying for additional aid

    More information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach

    Contact: Debbie Davis

  • Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

    Funding: up to $10,000 per year (pro-rated for part-time students)

    Commitment during the Teacher Education program: None

    Post-graduation commitment: From the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website: "Upon program completion, the recipients of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan are expected to teach in the public schools of the Commonwealth in the first full academic year after becoming eligible for a renewable teaching license and shall fulfill the teaching obligation in accordance with the Promissory Note by teaching full-time under contract continuously in Virginia for at least two years in a school division (i) in one of the critical teacher shortage disciplines as established by the Board of Education; or (ii) in a Virginia public school with 50 percent or more of the students eligible for free or reduced price lunch; or (iii) in a school division designated critical shortage subject area, as defined in the Board of Education's Regulations Governing the Determination of Critical Teacher Shortage Areas.  Scholarship recipients who only complete one year of the teaching obligation shall be forgiven for one-half of the scholarship loan amount. If the recipient fails to honor the obligation, the scholarship loan must be paid back to the Commonwealth of Virginia."

    Eligible students: From the VDOE website: "Subject to available funding, these scholarship loans are for teacher candidates, including graduate students and paraprofessionals from Virginia school divisions enrolled in an approved teacher education program at an accredited Virginia public or private four-year institution of higher education in the Commonwealth.  Candidates must (i) be enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved undergraduate or graduate teacher education program or are participants in another approved teacher education program; (ii) have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent; and (iii) be nominated for such scholarship by the institution where they are enrolled and meet the criteria and qualifications, pursuant to § 22.1-290.01, Code of Virginia, except as provided herein.  Awards shall be made to candidates who are enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved undergraduate or graduate teacher education programs in one of the top ten critical teacher shortage disciplines; however, a minority teacher candidates may be enrolled in any content area for teacher preparation.  Teacher candidates who previously received funding through the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program are not eligible."


    • Each summer, VDOE contacts the Director of Teacher Education when the nomination period opens. The Director of Teacher Education will then email all eligible students to solicit applications. Students complete a brief online form indicating their interest. The scholarship committee will choose three nominees from the pool of interested students. The Director of Teacher Education will work with nominated students to submit their completed application as described below.
    • From the VDOE website: "Nominees must submit a complete application for a Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan directly to the regionally accredited public or private four-year Virginia college or university with a state-approved teacher education program. Only the dean/chair, director or other authorized designee of teacher education in accordance with the procedures established by the student’s home institution may submit completed applications to the Virginia Department of Education. Those students selected for the scholarship loan will be notified by the Virginia Department of Education."

    More information: https://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/financial_support/virginia-teaching-scholarship-loan-program/ 

    Contact: Jillian McGraw