General Information

School of Education students support their enrollment through a variety of means. The type of financial aid you are eligible for will vary depending on the degree you are pursuing, and your background, merit, and financial situation.

The Graduate School has a wealth of resources to introduce you to the process, connect you to funding sources, and connect you to their in-house funding opportunities.

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The Graduate School manages a graduate student funding listserv that routinely sends funding opportunities to members.

For School of Education students

See School of Education Graduate Financial Aid and Funding for information specific to our graduate students.

Financial Aid information is also listed within each program page and, for enrolled students, routinely advertised through student listservs.

On-Campus Hiring

A number of campus offices and centers hire School of Education students. These positions are often only advertised when there is an opening or during a designated hiring period (typically Feb/Mar or over the summer for the following academic year). We recommend you contact these offices for more information. Specific positions have been indicated where appropriate.

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Office of Student Life & Leadership (SLL) Graduate Assistants

About the Positions

The Office of Student Life & Leadership (SLL) is still accepting applications for four graduate assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year. They are looking for students who are interested in advancing the mission and vision of the SLL and have a desire to contribute to the UNC campus community.

For information about each position and to apply, please see the linked position announcements:

Eligibility

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and currently be enrolled in a graduate program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Teaching Assistant

About the Positions

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is seeking teaching assistants for Fall 2021, with a course focus on Chinese History/Culture.

For more information, contact Lori Harris at lori@unc.edu.

About the position

The primary functions of the graduate assistant will be to:

  • Report to professional staff under the leadership of the Director, and serve as a member of UNC Student Affairs
  • Assist with the advisement of the Interfraternity and National Pan-Hellenic Councils in the areas of programming and council/chapter operations
  • Assist with the development and organization of the annual Presidents Leadership Academy, Standards of Excellence Awards program, and other educational/training programs
  • Assist with the evaluation and assessment of programs and services provided by the OFSL
  • Other duties as assigned or of special interest to the graduate assistant, including health/wellness promotion and prevention education (Interpersonal Violence, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Eating Disorders, etc.) and diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled in a related graduate program and be a member of a Greek-lettered organization or have experience working with fraternities and sororities.

Read more about this position.

About the position

The Summer Research Fellowship provides summer support to doctoral students so they may focus exclusively on their dissertation research. The fellowship is intended to enable students to complete their degree more quickly and supports students who normally do not have funding during the summer. 

Eligibility

You are eligible if:

  • You are a fully-enrolled, degree-seeking doctoral student in a residential program administered by The Graduate School.
  • You are enrolled full-time for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 (for Summer 2021 fellowship)
  • You have no other funding for the summer (including TA or RA)
  • You will not be taking summer courses

We select awardees based on how ready they are to productively use this time for summer research. You must have a well-articulated research project, a thoughtful plan for conducting your research, and preparations in place to support your plans. The award is a one-time $5,000 stipend at the beginning of the summer.

Please contact gradfunding@unc.edu if you have any questions.

Eligibility:

Enrollment in SOE Doctoral programing required.
Preference for knowledge of P-12 institutions; administrative or leadership experience, knowledge of
Taskstream or other e-portfolio platform; strong written and oral communication skills; and experience
with data reporting and analysis.

About the position

The EP&A Team seeks a current SOE doctoral student to serve as a research assistant assisting with program assessment data collection, analysis and reports during the 2021-22 academic year.
The RA will be responsible for supporting several ongoing assessment and accreditation projects that
include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain and update the Taskstream platform and providing relevant assistance for students, faculty members, and program assistants for program assessment endeavors. Two specific activities include development, refinement, and implementation of program embedded signature assessments and doctoral student online annual reports.
  • Administer EP&A Surveys: Develop, administer, collect, analyze, and prepare reports for EPP surveys including the Exit Survey and Clinical Triad Survey for all EPP programs and new survey projects.
  • Support SOE Data Infrastructure and Annual Reporting: Assist SOE Data & Accreditation Manager with annual reporting and data package development SOE Data Dashboards.
  • Participate actively in EP&A activities: We seek an active partner in team activities, a doctoral student eager to learn more about assessment, accreditation, and program evaluation efforts within schools of education.

Read more about this position.

Eligibility:

Completion of a Bachelors degree. Teaching experience in K-12 classrooms. Enrolled in a program in the School of Education or an incoming student to one the programs. Strong background in mathematics education. Commitment to issues of equity and social justice specifically related to students of color.

About the position

Graduate Assistantship position to contribute to a multi-year study focused on studying the implementation of a coaching model (Holistic Individualized Coaching – HIC) designing to improve teachers’ mathematical practices and well-being.

Eligibility:

Completion of a Bachelors degree. Teaching experience in K-12 classrooms. Enrolled in a program in the School of Education or an incoming student to one the programs. Strong background in mathematics education. Commitment to issues of equity and social justice specifically related to students of color.

About the position

Graduate Assistantship position to contribute to a multi-year study focused on studying the implementation of a coaching model (Holistic Individualized Coaching – HIC) designing to improve teachers’ mathematical practices and well-being.

Barbara Holland Chapman and John Franklin Chapman Graduate Fellowship

Eligibility:

Current doctoral students studying literacy.

About the award

This award is given annually to a doctoral student pursuing the study of literacy with preference to Curriculum and Instruction. The fellowship honors Dr. Barbara Holland Chapman (Ph.D. ’81) and Dr. John Franklin Chapman (M.P.H. ’76, Dr.P.H. ’78). Barbara is a retired principal of New Hope Elementary School in Orange County and John is a professor emeritus in the School of Medicine.

The Barbara M. and William B. Ware Scholarship Fund

About the award:

Dr. William “Bill” Ware was a distinguished educator and researcher at the School of Education for more than 40 years. The Barbara M. and William B. Ware Graduate Scholarship Fund was established to support future doctoral students and honor Dr. Ware’s commitment to educating students interested in the application and teaching of quantitative methods in educational research. Barbara worked in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at Carolina.

The Betty Lou Whitford Scholarship

About the award

Betty Louise “Betty Lou” Whitford (A.B.Ed. ’72, M.A.T. ’76, Ph.D. ’81) established this fund to provide support for graduate students in the School of Education. Betty Lou is Dean and the Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor of Auburn University’s College of Education.

Carol and William Malloy Travel Award

About the award

This award was established by Drs. Carol and William Malloy, longtime professors in the School of Education. Awards are made to assist graduate students with travel expenses incurred while sharing their research at education conferences. William Malloy had a 44-year career in education. He taught and mentored graduate students in educational administration and leadership for 15 years.

The late Carol Malloy received her Ph.D. from the School of Education in 1995. She joined the faculty and taught curriculum and foundations courses for graduate students, secondary mathematics methods courses in the M.A.T. program, and mathematics for middle and elementary pre-service students until her retirement in 2009.

The Charles S. Templeton Scholarship

About the award

This Scholarship was established by the late Charles S. Templeton (A.B.Ed. ’34) in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Templeton. Templeton came to Carolina in 1930 from China Grove in Rowan County. After graduating, he taught in Chapel Hill and Durham and earned an M.S.A. at Columbia University. During World War II he was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force. After the war his new career as a hospital administrator took him to Florida and Georgia. Along the way his life was full of friends, music, books, Carolina sports, and his large extended family back in North Carolina.

Dixie Lee Spiegel Fund

Eligibility

This fund is used to respond to crisis situations only. Students should connect with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs if they believe they have a situation that might warrant an award.

About the award

This fund, created to honor the contributions of Dr. Spiegel, is available for graduate students who have emergency financial need.

During her 28-year career, Dixie Spiegel was a professor of literacy studies and served in significant administrative posts, including director of accreditation, director of graduate studies, director of admissions, associate dean for students and senior associate dean. At the University level, Spiegel provided leadership as chair of the Student Health Committee, chair of the Minorities and Disadvantaged Committee, chair of the Disability Subcommittee of Undergraduate Admissions, member of the Graduate School Advisory Board and initiator of a course for learning disabled students on campus.

The James Yadkin Joyner Fellowship in Education Policy

By Nomination

Eligibility

Students must be admitted to the Ph.D. program in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement (PLS) and committed to the study of education policy and research.

How to be considered: Students are nominated by a member of the PLS faculty.

About the award

Established in 2003 by Musette Sprunt Morgan (A.B.Ed. ’76) and Allen Benners Morgan (B.A. ’65), this fellowship honors the legacy of Musette Morgan’s great-grandfather, James Yadkin Joyner, who served as North Carolina’s State Superintendent of Public Education from 1902-1917 and brought sweeping reform and improvement to the state’s system of public education.

Galassi-Brown Award

By Nomination

Eligibility

Students in the School Counseling program.

How to be considered: Recipients are nominated by peers, faculty and public school personnel.

About the award

This award was named for Drs. John P. Galassi and Duane Brown, both full professors in the School of Education who contributed more than 60 years of combined service. Since 1973, both Dr. Galassi and Dr. Brown have led through their research and scholarship. Most importantly, they devoted time and attention to the students of the counseling program and have been stalwart advocates for the profession.

The Galassi-Brown Advocacy Award recognizes the school counseling student who is judged by the faculty to have gone beyond expectations and demonstrated exceptional advocacy for the students they serve, the schools where they work and the school counseling profession.

The George W. Noblit Graduate Scholarship

Eligibility

This scholarship provides awards to doctoral students in the Culture, Curriculum, and Teacher Education program who are pursuing research with a focus on racial equity and/or social justice.

About the award

This fund was established to honor Dr. George Noblit in recognition of his distinguished 39-year career at the School of Education by his wife, Mary A. Longhill and the many students impacted by his teaching and mentorship.

This scholarship endeavors to increase the diversity of the student body and further the interest of traditionally underrepresented groups in graduate education.

Graduate Assistantship for Research in the Teaching and Learning of Reading and Writing

Eligibility

Doctoral student working with a faculty member on a research project that involves the teaching and learning of reading and/or writing.

How to be considered: Faculty working in this area will specify the project on which they are working and outline the need for graduate student assistance.

About the award

This award was established by Anne and Wilson M. Brown III. Anne received her A.B.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 1974 and Wilson received his A.B. in English the same year.

Guy B. Phillips Fellowship

Eligibility

Students pursuing graduate studies in public school administration.

About the award

This fellowship was established in honor of the late Guy B. Phillips. Dr. Phillips received his B.A. from Carolina in 1913. From 1937 to 1958, he was director of the summer session and dean of the School of Education from 1948 to 1954.

The Guy B. Phillips Scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and leadership as well as the potential for contributions to public education in North Carolina.

Ira and Esther Gordon Scholarship

Eligibility

Incoming doctoral student who has high academic potential and a strong interest in one or more of the following areas: parents, parent education, at-risk children, family literacy, or child development.

About the award

This scholarship was established by Esther Gordon to honor the work of her late husband, Dr. Ira J. Gordon, former School of Education dean and a Kenan professor. Dr. Gordon was a nationally renowned expert in early childhood and parent education and development.

Linnea W. Smith Innovations Fund

Eligibility

Faculty members or doctoral students whose scholarly work leads to the identification, intervention, and/or prevention of early-life traumatic stress that impacts the development of children in the classroom and strategies that strengthen the partnership between educators and families.

About the award

Established by John (B.A. ’58) and Mary Louise Burress (A.B.Ed. ’58), this fund honors Dr. Linnea Weblemoe Smith (M.D. ’76), a psychiatrist and advocate for exploited women and children. This fund shall be used to support the research seeking solutions for children whose development and education have been hindered as a result of adverse childhood experiences.

Emphasis is on the role of the educational system in increasing the resilience of victimized children and reducing the risk factors for behavioral, academic, and social problems.

Marvin Wyne Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

Preference is given to doctoral students preparing for work in special education, with a focus in developmental or learning disabilities, who have a strong interest in both teaching and research.

About the award

Named for the late Marvin Wyne, who was a professor of special education at the School of Education for 20 years, this fellowship is awarded annually to a student interested in working with children with special needs.

The Moise A. Khayrallah Innovation Fund

Eligibility

Students who have expressed an interest in developing or building educational products or services.

About the award

This fund was established by Moise A. Khayrallah (Ph.D. ’93) to support students and to support the Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (MEITE) program. Uses of the fund include, but are not limited to, the sponsorship of an annual “edtech innovation pitch event” in partnership with Innovate Carolina as well as the funding of one or more fellows to be known as Moise A. Khayrallah Innovation Fellows. These fellows will serve in a year-long internship at the Carolina Center for Excellence in Education supporting learning innovation design.

The Nancy Blanche Norman Scholarship

Eligibility

Students pursuing college degrees in the field of public education.

About the award

This fund, established by the estate planning of Nancy Norman, is used to support students pursuing college degrees in the field of public education. Dr. Norman received her M.A. in elementary education in 1943 and an Ed.D. in administration and supervision in 1965 from UNC. She taught in Wentworth, Draper and Leaksville (now Eden) prior to becoming a principal at Burton Grove School from 1945-1975. She was the first female principal in North Carolina to receive her doctorate in education. During summer vacations she taught at Boston College, UNC, Western Carolina and Duke.

Patrick W. and Janet R. Carlton Award for Dissertation Research in Educational Leadership

Eligibility

Doctoral student working on his or her dissertation in educational leadership

About the award

This award was established by Dr. Patrick Carlton, who received his M.Ed. in Science Education in 1961 and his Ph.D. in Education in 1966. He is a professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of the Masters in Public Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Priddy Family Award

Eligibility

Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program with a preference for a student who plans to become a school system superintendent.

About the award

The Priddy Family Award was established by current School of Education Alumni Council President Michael D. Priddy (A.B. ’70, M.Ed. ’75, Ed.D. ’81) on the occasion of his mother’s 100th birthday in 2017. The fund honors Dorothy Page Wiggs Priddy and will provide a scholarship to a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program with a preference for a student who plans to become a school system superintendent.

Samuel M. Holton Graduate Fellowship in Foundations of Education

Eligibility

Doctoral candidates studying the history or philosophy of education.

About the award

This Fellowship was created by Samuel H. Holton, the late professor emeritus of social foundations of education and his late wife, Margaret, in 2000 to help support doctoral candidates studying the history or philosophy of education. Holton served on the faculty of the School of Education from 1948 until his retirement in 1987. He was chair of the social foundations area, supervised the dissertation research of more than 50 doctoral candidates and received several teaching awards.

Susan Friel Graduate Student Stipend for Mathematics Education

Eligibility

Graduate students, with a preference for doctoral students, whose studies are in mathematics education.

About the award

This stipend is awarded to graduate students, with a preference for doctoral students, whose studies are in mathematics education at the School of Education. Priority is given to students who are midway through their program and who could benefit from a stipend to help offset the costs of their education and provide them the financial capability to complete their course of study without having to work. The award is named in honor of Susan Friel, Professor of Mathematics Education at the School of Education.

The Virginia Carter Gobbel Fellowship

Eligibility

Graduate student in educational leadership who wishes to pursue a career in the public schools either as a teacher or administrator.

About the award

The Gobbel Fellowship was established by Ann Gobbel Sullivan (A.B.Ed. ’57) and Noel Sullivan (B.S.B.A. ’56) whose mothers were both teachers. Ann’s mother, Virginia Carter Gobbel, started her career in a one-room schoolhouse near Salisbury, North Carolina. Noel’s mother taught English at Chapel Hill High School.

W.D. Perry Award

Eligibility

Students in the School Counseling program.

How to be considered: Recipients nominated by peers, faculty and public school personnel.

About the award

This award was named for Dr. William D. Perry, a former full professor in the School of Education who provided more than 30 years of leadership. After coming to the UNC-Chapel Hill in 1939, Dr. Perry exerted a major influence in the development both of the counseling program and the Guidance and Testing Center. The Center continued to serve the University for many years after Dr. Perry retired in 1973. The Perry award continues to recognize the student who is judged by the faculty to have demonstrated excellence of achievement in academics, outstanding performance in the counseling field placement coupled with unwavering adherence to ethical and professional standards, and demonstrated student leadership within the program.

The William C. Self Award

Eligibility

Doctoral student in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement.

About the award

William Self (M.A.Ed. ’48, Ed.D. ’56) was dean of the School of Education from 1978 to 1982. He devoted his career to addressing issues of educational equity. Before becoming dean, Self served as superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System from 1967 to 1972, leading that system as it implemented racial desegregation policies.

The Barry and Ann Hounshell Fund

Eligibility

Preference given to a graduate student studying science education.

About the award

The Barry and Ann Hounshell Fund was established in 2020 in honor of former School of Education professor Dr. Barry Hounshell and his wife Ann. This scholarship will honor Dr. Hounshell’s work and life in hopes of reminding students and faculty members of the importance of mentoring and developing lifelong commitments to their students in the School of Education.