Gain professional work experience, in-state tuition and a stipend.
The Wilder School’s prestigious Graduate Scholars Fellowship provides top full-time students in each of our master’s programs with professional work experience, in-state tuition and an $14,500 stipend through a host employer.
Wilder School fellows are placed with employers around the Richmond region each year including at nonprofits, government agencies and businesses. In past years, seven to 14 fellows have been selected.
Appointments are for one academic year that begins in August and ends in May. Fellows are expected to work 20 hours a week.
Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due by May 1, 2017.
To apply, create a single document (.doc or .pdf) that includes:
Submit your completed application file to WilderFellows@vcu.edu.
An internal Wilder School committee reviews applicants for factors including academic record and professional work ethic. Selected candidates receive a preliminary in-person or telephone interview with the Wilder School committee.
Once a host employer becomes available, we select well-qualified students for their consideration or if they prefer, match a particular student with them. Employers often conduct in-person interviews and make a final selection. Placement occurs throughout the summer, often after July 1.
"The innovative design of the fellowship allowed me to gain much-needed work experience through my placement at the Virginia Department of Corrections while pursuing my M.P.A. This experience transformed me into someone who is ready to take on the world after graduation."— Javon Davis, M.P.A., 2016