About the Program

UVA Engineering’s mission is to make the world a better place by creating and disseminating knowledge, and by preparing engineering leaders to solve global challenges. This fellowship for incoming domestic (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents) Ph.D. students covers stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance for a full five years of graduate studies.

We will achieve our mission while adhering to our five core values, as follows:

  • Societal Impact - Passion for making a positive impact on the world
  • Educating Engineering Leaders - Dedication to imbuing students with technical and professional knowledge that is applied with integrity and wisdom, so they are fully prepared to be the leaders of the future
  • Innovation - Determination to innovate, create knowledge and lead in teaching and research while abiding by the highest standards of ethics
  • Excellence Through Diversity - Commitment to diversity, which we define as excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences
  • Collegiality - Marked by collaboration, teamwork and support for each other’s success


The Dean’s Scholar Fellowship Program aims to foster a graduate student body that reflects these core values. You can nominate yourself for the Dean’s Scholar Fellowship through the UVA Engineering graduate application process by submitting a short essay (400-word limit) that explains how you have demonstrated or will demonstrate these core values and how you will help UVA Engineering toward achievement of them. 

You must be a domestic Ph.D. (US Citizen and Permanent Resident) applicant to qualify for the program.

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university’s research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.