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.

grad_funding Listserv

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.

Here are some places that our students have been able to secure jobs or funding:

Answer the questions below to filter the list to your needs. If you have any additions to this list or need further information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

What type of funding are you looking for?
Scholarship/Fellowship
Research Assistantship
Other Assistantship

Teaching Positions to Teach EDUC 150

About the Position

We are seeking two graduate student teaching assistants (TA) to teach EDUC 150: The Science of Learning Intensive, a 1-credit hour course for Fall 2022. Each graduate student ideally will teach two sections of EDUC: 150. Each section of the course meets weekly for 50 min and the course description is below. The class would be mostly composed of undergraduate students who are co-enrolled as peer mentors in the biology or chemistry department. TA responsibilities include leading weekly discussion of the assigned topic either in person or in a remote setting, a weekly office hour, grading and reviewing materials from the previous semester/instructor to build upon and improve the course.

Class Description

Students study several facets of learning in the modern world, and investigate what scholarship in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and the learning sciences can do to help us maximize our own learning and support the learning of others. Because the focus is on both research and practice, the course is designed to be collaborative and practice-based.

Please note that this TA position includes salary and some money towards benefits but alone is not a fully funded position (no tuition remission). If you are interested please email zurcherd@email.unc.edu and include a CV or resume that lists 2 references and a cover letter that highlights why you are interested in the position and any relevant experience, if applicable.

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Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Scholar Awards

About the Award

The local chapters of the Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) are currently collecting materials from interested graduate students for the AY2023-2024 P.E.O. Scholar Award. P.E.O. is a philanthropic women’s organization dedicated to the advancement of women in higher education. Scholar awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards intended to recognize and encourage academic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs. These awards provide partial support for study and research. For AY2022-2023, the maximum award is $20,000.

If you are interested in consideration, please prepare the required materials, and submit them to one of the local chapters listed below. Please note that only chapter will be able to submit a nomination for a student.

Chapter AG – Chapel Hill: chparker43@gmail.com

Chapter CN – Chapel Hill: cfmccain2@gmail.com

Award Criteria

The following criteria are considered by the award committee when selecting P.E.O. Scholars:

  • Nominee’s proposal
  • Potential to make significant contributions in her field(s) of endeavor or to make a positive impact on society
  • Recommendations from three university professors or professional mentors
  • Evidence of scholarly activities (publications, presentations, patents, performances, etc.)
  • Academic awards and honors (honor societies, scholarships, etc.)
  • Academic record
  • Career objectives
  • Unique academic and global experiences
  • Establishment in academic program

All application materials must be submitted by July 1, 2022.

Teaching Assistantships for IDST190-015: The Art and Science of Expertise

Position Description

As the instructor of record, the Graduate Teaching Fellow will be responsible for all aspects of the course,

Graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) are needed for IDST190-015: The Art and Science of Expertise, a new Ideas, Information, and Inquiry course being offered in Spring 23 on Tuesdays and Thursday, from 12:30-1:45pm. The course will be co-taught by Professor Erianne Weight, Professor Jeff Greene, and Coach Anson Dorrance.  

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a practical framework of expertise development and self-regulation to pursue mastery in their personal passions. Through collaborative discussions and interdisciplinary instructor perspectives and course material, students will gain an understanding of the things that are most important to them, what it takes to become extraordinary in these areas while maintaining their psychological well-being, and a personalized plan to maximize their potential. Topics covered include psychology of motivation and positive functioning, deliberate practice, accountability, competitiveness, leadership, resilience, happiness, flow, and performance measurement. 

The TA appointment provides a stipend of $9,000 for the semester, subject to state and federal income taxes. In addition to the stipend, TAs are eligible for an in-state tuition award and coverage of fees. Also, TAs are eligible to enroll in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP). This appointment does not guarantee an out-of-state tuition award – these are awarded at the discretion of TA’s home department.   

Job Responsibilities

Job responsibilities, which will average up to 20 hours per week throughout the semester, include: 

  • Attend training sessions specified by the course and/or instructors. 
  • Attend course planning sessions, as determined by lecture instructors. 
  • Communicate with instructors and/or the other TAs in a timely manner about any issues or concerns that arise. 
  • Attend all lecturers and assist with in-class activities. 
  • Proctor exams and photocopy class materials as needed. 
  • Grade exams, quizzes, papers, in-class activities, and other assignments and make them available to students within a reasonable time period. 
  • Maintain grades and records for all your students and make them available to the lecture instructors as needed. 
  • Hold office hours for students, as needed. 
  • Respond to student questions in a timely manner, through email and/or other classroom technology platforms (e.g., Piazza, Sakai). 
  • Register online and complete FERPA training, if not previously completed. 
  • Remain in good academic standing (see the Graduate School Handbook for eligibility requirements). 

Applications are due by 9am on Monday, July 18th, 2022. Applications should include a cover letter (2-page maximum) outlining the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position as well as a current curriculum vitae. Questions and applications should be emailed to the instructors (eweight@unc.edu, jagreene@email.unc.edu, anson@email.unc.edu).  

EDUC 501.001 Adolescent and Adulthood Development: A Cross-Cultural

Credit Hours: 3                                       

Time: Tues/Thurs. 12:30 to 1:45 pm

This course examines biological, cognitive, psychological, and social development in adolescence and adulthood. Students will examine these milestones in development as they vary by gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, education, and other contextual/cross-cultural factors. The course includes an examination of how adolescents and adults function within families, social networks, schools, media, and work.

Position Description

As the instructor of record, the Graduate Teaching Fellow will be responsible for all aspects of the course, creating/updating ppts,  including facilitating class discussions, developing rubrics, creating exams, leading activities, grading assignments, course planning, meeting with students, etc.

Required Qualifications

Student must be enrolled in a School of Education doctoral program, have relevant graduate level course work and significant teaching/teaching assistant experience, especially with undergraduates.  Excellent time management and communications skills, good interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently also needed.

Note: Student must be available to meet with the HDFS program coordinator to discuss and engage in brief planning for the course during prior to the start of the semester.

To apply, send resume and summary of teaching experiences to helyne@email.unc.edu by June 3rd.

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EDUC 150 Sections: 001 / 002 / 003 / 004: The Science of Learning (Intensive)

Credit Hours: 1                                       

Class Duration: 50 Minutes

Available Positions: 2

Students study several facets of learning in the modern world, and investigate what scholarship in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and the learning sciences can do to help us maximize our own learning and support the learning of others. Because the focus is on both research and practice, the course is designed to be collaborative and practice- based. (See attachment for sample syllabus.)

Position Description

As the instructor of record, the Graduate Teaching Fellow will be responsible for all aspects of the course, creating/updating ppts,  including facilitating class discussions, developing rubrics, creating exams, leading activities, grading assignments, course planning, meeting with students, etc.

Required Qualifications

The biology and chemistry departments are seeking two graduate student teaching assistants (TA) to teach EDUC 150: The Science of Learning Intensive, a 1-credit hour course for Fall 2022. Each graduate student ideally will teach two sections of EDUC: 150. Each section of the course meets weekly for 50 min and the course description is below.

The class would be mostly composed of undergraduate students who are co-enrolled as peer mentors in the biology or chemistry department. TA responsibilities include leading weekly discussion of the assigned topic either in person or in a remote setting, a weekly office hour, grading and reviewing materials from the previous semester/instructor to build upon and improve the course.

Note: This TA position includes salary and some money towards benefits but alone is not a fully funded position (no tuition remission).

To apply, please email zurcherd@email.unc.edu and include a CV or resume that lists 2 references and a cover letter that highlights why you are interested in the position and any relevant experience, if applicable.

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Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute – Graduate Research Assistantships (3)

Position Description

The Pre-K Team at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is hiring three graduate research assistants for the Fall 2022 semester (with the potential to start employment in the summer of 2022 and to stay on in the Spring 2023 semester) for two Pre-K studies and a state partnership effort. The two pre-K studies focus on pre-K supports for children’s language development and a socio-emotional intervention pilot, and will require support of data collection training, coordination, and data cleaning activities, and report writing.

Required Qualifications

The policy collaboration project requires a candidate with expertise in birth-five development and early care and education efforts, and involves literature reviews, supporting state Birth-3rd grade activities, and handling administrative data records. These positions are open to either master’s (12-15 hours/week) or doctoral-level students (15-20 hours/week). Depending on each student’s interests and training goals, students may also contribute to a variety of activities related to secondary data analysis, literature reviews, contributing to writing for dissemination to varied audiences (including policy briefs and peer-reviewed publications), and planning for a future studies.

Experience in early care and education teaching and/or policy, quantitative and/or qualitative methods and analytic skills, or biobehavioral measurement interest will be given priority in hiring decisions.

Interested applicants should send a CV and a writing sample to the PI, Sandra Soliday Hong (sandy.hong@unc.edu), by June 1, and references from the applicant’s graduate advisor may be requested.

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The Betty Lou Whitford Scholarship

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.

About the award

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.

UNC IE Environmental Justice Graduate Research Scholarship

About the scholarship

The UNC Institute for the Environment (UNC IE) welcomes talented UNC graduate students from diverse academic and personal backgrounds to apply to the Institute’s Environmental Justice Graduate Research Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year. The $50,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who can demonstrate a research plan that broadens understanding of environmental justice issues in marginalized communities in North Carolina. Expressions of Interest for the $50,000 scholarship are due by January 18, 2022. Visit the UNC IE website for additional details.

Graduate Research Assistant– Partnership between UNC School of Education and the UNC Carolina Latinx Center

Background/Overview of the Project:

The UNC Carolina Latinx Center (CLC) is seeking a graduate student to work with the Center to organize and direct various projects, conduct data analysis, and produce scholarly reports among other activities. The projects consist of curriculum development, data collection, and program evaluation. This graduate research assistant is for an entering doctoral student whose interest include child/student development; program/ curriculum development; early intervention or family literacy, advocacy. The ideal candidate would be passionate about the work and would have their own ideas.

Primary Functions of the Position:

  • Curriculum development for leadership enrichment program: LÍDER
  • Collecting and analyzing data (demographic, focus group, individual, and survey data)
  • Developing evaluation tools to measure desired outcomes
  • Organizing and directing projects as assigned
  • Coordinating tasks around projects
  • Attending weekly CLC team meetings and taking notes and sharing updates
  • Produce reports for scholarly outlets summarizing research methods, results, and implications
  • Researching future grant writing activities
  • Other research duties, as needed

Required and Preferred Qualifications: Full-time enrollment in a UNC School of Education’s doctoral program. Preference is given to those that have worked with Latinx bilingual communities.

Employment Term: August 17, 2022 – May 15, 2023

Hours: On average, 20 hours per week

Compensation: Stipend, tuition remission, fees, health insurance

  • Salary in the amount of $15,700 with a typical work period of August 17th through May 15th.  
  • Health insurance through the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program. Approximate value of $4,223.  
  • A tuition award, which covers the tuition costs for the fall and spring semesters.  
    • In-state tuition award. Approximate value $10,552.  
    • Out-of-state tuition remission award (for out-of-state students). This tuition remission is guaranteed for students in their first year. Approximate value $18,292.
  • Student fee award for the fall and spring semesters, approximate award of $2,021. 

How to Apply: Send email with CV and a 250-word or less statement of interest and qualifications to Josmell Perez, director, at clc@unc.edu.   Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022.