Virginia Tech’s graduate program in Disaster Resilience and Risk Management (DRRMVT) offers the following funding opportunities for graduate students engaged in the program:
- Graduate Fellowships (supported by the National Science Foundation) - open to graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents.
- Graduate Assistantships (supported by Virginia Tech's Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP)) - open to all graduate students.
- Internship Scholarships - open to all students who wish to apply for support to participate in a DRRM-related internship.
- Travel Scholarships - open to all students who wish to apply for partial support of DRRM-related research or conference travel expenses.
Fellowships and Assistantships
DRRMVT Fellowships and Assistantships are intended to financially support outstanding DRRMVT students in their pursuit of new and innovative breakthroughs in disaster resilience and risk management. The Fellowships are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) while the Assistantships are supported by the Virginia Tech Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP). PhD students selected to receive DRRMVT Fellowships and Assistantships will be fully supported on NSF or IGEP funds in their second year, whereas funding in other years may be provided via traditional Graduate Assistantships by their home Department and/or College, or via other scholarships or fellowships, as is consistent with the degree-granting department's support of graduate students. Although preference is given to new applicants, DRRMVT students pursuing doctoral degrees may reapply to be considered for additional support.
The DRRMVT Fellowship competition is open to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, while the DRRMVT Assistantship competition is open to any student. Each competition is open to both prospective and current doctoral students. All doctoral applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the DRRMVT Doctoral Program and have been admitted or applied to be admitted to that program
DRRMVT Fellowship tuition support is based on Virginia Tech's current in-state tuition rate. Out-of-state students must make preparations in advance of the Fellowship year (second year for doctoral students) to comply with in-state residency requirements: (1) Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or hold a certain visa (Graduate Assistantship positions automatically qualify); (2) Must demonstrate an intent to establish domicile in VA. Must submit clear and convincing evidence: tax return, a driver's license, vehicle registration, and voter registration. Note: there is a one calendar year waiting period from the date the last act of domiciliary intent was completed before you can become eligible for in-state tuition rates. Students selected for Graduate Assistantship positions, including international students, will automatically qualify for the in-state tuition rate. The Graduate School's policy for in-state tuition can be found here.
Application and Admission
DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Applicant's academic and professional qualifications
- Applicant's expression of interest in DRRM
- Commitment from the applicant's faculty advisor within their degree program to advise the applicant and engage in the DRRMVT Program
- Diversity of the DRRMVT student cohort
The DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship application process includes two application requirements*:
- Apply for admission to a doctoral program at Virginia Tech: All DRRMVT students seeking to receive funding must be admitted to a degree-granting doctoral program at Virginia Tech by adhering to the admissions requirements and deadlines for that department or program. The Graduate School's application information is available here. During the application process, if available, check the box "Disaster Resilience and Risk Management" in the "Supplemental Application" section in order to assist the DRRMVT Program Manager in tracking your application status.
- Apply for a DRRMVT Fellowship or Assistantship: Using the online application form, enter the applicant's basic information and a 1000-character expression of interest in DRRM. For prospective doctoral students, fill in this form once to concurrently apply for the DRRMVT Doctoral Program and the DRRMVT Fellowship/Assistantship.
*Current Virginia Tech doctoral students need only submit the DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship application in step 2.
Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship applications will be reviewed starting January 15th for awards beginning in the Fall. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by January 15th for full consideration. For prospective students applying for Fall admission, a wait-list decision is typically made by early February for Fellowship/Assistantship applications received by January 15th, and typically made within one month for applications received after January 15th. Final acceptance of wait-listed applicants is based on acceptance to the degree-granting program and the faculty advisor's commitment to advise the applicant and participate in the DRRMVT Program. For current students, admissions decisions are typically made by early February for Fellowship/Assistantship applications received by January 15th, and typically made within one month for applications received after January 15th.
Requirements and Commitments
DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship recipient commitments:
DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship recipients' commitments encompass the DRRMVT Doctoral Program commitments, and include completing the DRRMVT Graduate Certificate, completing the Transdisciplinary Thinking seminar every fall until graduation, participating in weekly DRRMVT Research Group meetings every spring until graduation, and completing a research dissertation, thesis, project, or equivalent in an area of DRRM where at least one committee member is a DRRMVT Executive Committee faculty member. In year(s) in which they are supported by traditional Graduate Assistantships from their degree-granting department or college, DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship recipients are expected to satisfactorily perform the teaching and/or research duties associated with their Graduate Assistantships.
All DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship recipients are expected to remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress towards their dissertation, thesis or equivalent. Each DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship recipient's performance will be evaluated annually, with continuation of funding for the next year (if any) contingent on satisfactory performance.
DRRMVT Faculty Advisor commitments:
Faculty advisors of DRRMVT Fellowship and Assistantship recipients are required to demonstrate a commitment to the funded DRRMVT student throughout their degree program.
To that end, the DRRMVT Fellowships and Assistantships are intended to complement financial support provided by the student's home Department, home College, faculty advisor, and/or external fellowship or scholarship support, as is consistent with the degree-granting department's support of graduate students:
- Departments who typically fully support graduate students: For selected students, a two-year funding offer will be made, where the student will be fully supported in year one by the faculty advisor, department, college, or external sources and will be supported in year two by the DRRMVT Program. The faculty advisor is also encouraged to identify support beyond year two. The full support in year one may comprise institutional support (e.g., Graduate Teaching Assistantships), sponsored program support (e.g., Graduate Research Assistantships), and internal and/or external fellowships received by the DRRMVT Fellow. If the applicant is a currently enrolled doctoral student in the faculty advisor's department, prior financial support MAY be credited toward this year one commitment. The committed support must be used in the first year, where the DRRMVT Fellowship or Assistantship supports the second year.
- Departments who typically do not support graduate students: For selected students, a one-year funding offer will be made, where the student will be supported in their second year of doctoral studies. All support will come from the DRRMVT Program. For departments new to the DRRM program, petitions to waive the one-year support Departmental/College commitment should be sent to email@example.com.
Students in the DRRMVT Doctoral Program are eligible to apply for support to participate in a DRRM-related internship. Internships are developed in partnership with the student's faculty advisor and internship mentor. To apply, contact the DRRMVT Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted at any time, with decisions made on a rolling basis.
Students pursuing the DRRMVT Graduate Certificate and completing a DRRM-related research dissertation, thesis or equivalent are eligible to apply for a DRRMVT Travel Scholarship to partially support research or conference travel expenses. To be eligible, the student must be accepted into the DRRMVT Graduate Certificate program, have completed GRAD 5134, and have completed at least 3 more credits toward the Certificate. Contact the DRRMVT Program Manager at email@example.com to receive instructions and an application. Note that travel scholarships may be considered taxable income. Applications are accepted at any time, with decisions made on a rolling basis.