Fully Funded PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, United States

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Fully Funded PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University

Our doctoral programs are geared toward scholars who seek careers as faculty, researchers, or policy analysts.

You will engage in research projects designed by academic advisers and study with leading researchers in the nation examining pressing questions in education and human development.

As a student, you will develop a comprehensive set of methodological skills and will spend considerable effort crafting and shaping a program of research to launch your academic career.

Entry into Peabody doctoral programs is highly competitive. Candidates must present an academic record of distinction and a mature and insightful statement of purpose. Peabody also offers a doctorate in;

  • Community Research and Action
  • Educational Leadership and Policy
  • Higher Education Leadership and Policy
  • Leadership and Learning in Organizations
  • Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Learning, Teaching, and Diversity
  • Online Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Special Education
  • Educational Neuroscience

Eligibility Criteria  

To be eligible for the program, applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education or a related field, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a competitive GRE score.


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PhD Funding Coverage

Admitted doctoral students receive funding for up to five years of study, a monthly stipend competitive with any college of education in the nation, and health insurance.

Based on presented qualifications, the college will nominate select students for additional honor scholarships and fellowships awarded by both the college and the graduate school.

These merit awards supplement the baseline college award. In addition, doctoral students receive funds to support travel each year to the American Educational Research Association annual conference and one additional academic conference.

Funding for travel may be contingent on having papers accepted for presentation.

Application Requirement

1. Transcript(s): Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application process. You should include transcripts from all previous post-secondary work (bachelor’s and master’s studies) with your application.

2. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required for all Ph.D. applicants. Recent graduates should have at least two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty with whom they have studied.

3. Statement of purpose: We encourage you to write a personal statement that outlines your interest in Peabody and your program, what you hope to bring to your cohort, and how you plan to use your Peabody education.

4. GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS scores

For US Applicants:
The GRE is required of all applicants as part of the Ph.D. application and must have been taken within the last 5 years for scores to be considered. Self-reported scores are accepted at the time of application.

For International Applicants:
TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required of all international applicants unless you have received a college degree and completed coursework from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or from an English-medium university in South Africa.

5. Supplemental materials

Upload any supplemental materials in the “additional materials” section of your application. You will not be able to upload materials until after you submit the application.

6. $95 fee.

Application Deadline

December 1

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