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.

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Other Assistantship

Summer Bridge Residential Program Assistant

About the Assistantship

The Summer Bridge Program is a six-week transition program that helps incoming first-year students adjust to Carolina by providing academic enrichment, community building, and co-curricular and experiential learning activities.

The 2024 Summer Bridge Residential Program Assistant will assist the Program Coordinator with all aspects of the UNC Summer Bridge program’s administration. The Residential Program Assistant will reside in the residence hall with all Summer Bridge students and student staff and will assist with program planning and other activities determined by the Program Coordinator. The Residential Program Assistant provides supervision and direction to the student staff in collaboration and consultation with the Program Coordinator and is often, if not always, the first point of contact for student staff.

This living/learning environment will serve as a foundation for supporting future academic and personal success. As such, the Residential Program Assistant ensures the dorm space is welcoming and conducive to conditions that promote positive community development and engagement.

Residential Program Assistant Duties

  • Work with the Program Coordinator before the start of Summer Bridge for program planning to include preparation for students and staff, plan for staff training, and other duties as needed.
  • Provide primary oversight for key Summer Bridge moments, such as move-in, early release for mandatory at- home weekend, and move-out at the close of the Summer Bridge program.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Summer Bridge program and other members of the Center for Student Success and beyond to other campus partners and units as needed.
  • Oversee daily operations of the Summer Bridge program to ensure daily activities are carried out and that Summer Bridge staff members are fulfilling their roles and expectations.
  • Responsible for ensuring program rules, policies and procedures are adhered to and will notify the Program Coordinator as needed.
  • Participate in coordinating and monitoring various activities, which have been planned throughout the summer and provide general oversight which includes weekends and evenings for the duration of the program.
  • Attend all required meetings to include scheduled staff meetings and others as deemed necessary by the Program Coordinator and the Program Director.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Program Coordinator and Program Director.

Required Qualifications

Currently enrolled in a graduate program at UNC-Chapel Hill

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interested in or experience with college transition programs
  • Previous experience as a Resident Advisor or Orientation Leader
  • Previous experience with summer camps or programs.
  • Interested in higher education


Brittany Grant, Summer Bridge Program Coordinator, will provide direction and oversight for the Residential Program Assistant responsibilities. As needed, a space will be provided in the Center for Student Success for collaborative work and projects. Other times, when appropriate, meetings will occur in the residence hall, over Zoom, and at other locations mutually agreed upon when necessary.


The Residential Program Assistant will begin employment on June 15, 2024. Summer Bridge staff are scheduled to move in the weekend of June 15, with student participants moving in on June 19. The Summer Bridge program will end on July 30 with a closing ceremony.


The Residential Program Assistant will be paid a total of $5000 from June 15 to July 30. In addition, the Residential Program Assistant will be provided a single occupancy dorm room in Joyner Residence Hall, along with the Summer Bridge program participants.

Applicants should send a resume and 3 references to Brittany Grant at by April 26, 2024. Cover letters are optional.

The Learning Center Peer Tutoring Graduate Assistant (2024-2025)

About the Assistantship

The Learning Center’s Peer Tutoring program supports students in more than 100 undergraduate courses through appointment-based peer tutoring. Tutors enroll in EDUC 387-Peer Tutoring, in which they learn about effective tutoring and learning strategies.

The Peer Tutoring Graduate Assistant (PTGA) will work with the Peer Tutoring Specialist to teach EDUC 387, grade written assignments, supervise tutors, and manage the peer tutoring program.

The Peer Tutoring Graduate Assistant will work for 15 fixed, consistent hours per week. These hours must include 2 weeknight evenings: Mondays and Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm. The dates for this position are August 12, 2024-May 9, 2025, including a mandatory training the week before the Fall semester begins.


Applicants should have experience teaching or TA-ing, the ability to learn quickly and work independently, and strong organization and communication skills. A background in education is a plus, but graduate students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. We value having a diverse staff and welcome applications from people of every race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Selection will occur through a formal application and interview process.

Applications are due Monday, March 11.

We will interview candidates beginning in mid-March. Offers will be made in early April.

The Peer Tutoring Teaching Assistant will receive the university standard teaching assistant stipend ($10,000/semester) with eligibility for health insurance for the academic year. The Learning Center cannot directly provide tuition assistance, but you may be eligible for tuition support from your department.

To learn more before you apply, visit our website. For further questions about the Learning Center, the Peer Tutoring Graduate Assistant position, the application process, or our hiring guidelines, contact Robin Horton, Peer Tutoring Specialist, at

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.