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Graduate teaching assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships are available in the School of Nursing.  These cover tuition with a stipend of $25,000. Students who are selected to be graduate teaching assistants must be full time students, in good academic standing, and work 20 hours per week at the School of Nursing. 

If you have any questions, please contact Fonda Neal at (804) 828-0836 or fneal@vcu.edu.

Other funding

The VCU School of Nursing encourages students to seek external funding related to their research interests and background. The following opportunities are available at external organizations:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • Financial aid
  • Scholarships

American Educational Research Association

  • Grants; research and dissertation
  • Fellowships

Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program

  • The application must be completed and submitted by the School of Nursing
  • The applicant must be a full-time student with 2 years remaining in the doctoral program
  • The scholarship is a two-year award that provides $10,000 in financial support ($5,000 in first year and $5,000 in second year)
  • The VCU School of Nursing must match the award
  • The VCU School of Nursing must provide up to $2,500 for the student to attend the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence/AACN Leadership Development Conference

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

  • Student works with a faculty sponsor to complete an application
  • Highly competitive awards
  • Provides up to five years of support (tuition, stipend and fees) for research training leading to a Ph.D. in biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences

National Scholarship Office (NSO)

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) assists students with applying to national and international fellowship/scholarship opportunities related to their academic and professional goals. We research and offer suggestions on scholarships/fellowships that best suit students' aspirations, provide advice on how students can produce competitive applications, and connect students with vital resources to improve their materials. Please note that we only support services for students seeking external funding outside of VCU, thus excluding scholarships awarded by VCU colleges and departments.  

Nurses Educational Funds

  • Available for master’s and doctoral degree students; individual application process
  • Student must be enrolled full or part time in a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program in nursing or a nursing-related field
  • Student must have completed at least 12 credits of the program at the time of application
  • Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.6

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

  • Offers small research grants to doctoral students who are members
  • Local chapters often provide their own small research grants. We are home to the Gamma Omega Chapter. Doctoral student members are eligible to apply for our chapter’s Nursing Science and Practice Grant. The grant’s purpose is to further nursing knowledge through the development of research and/or evidence-based practice.
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