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SREB - Doctoral Scholars Program

What is the Doctoral Scholars Program? 

The goal of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) - State Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates to become faculty at college and universities.  The Doctoral Award offers three years of direct program support and two years of institutional support from the scholar’s college, university and/or department, in the form of a $20,000 annual stipend. Each recipient also is awarded up to five years of university-covered tuition and fees (unless the institution prohibits a fee waiver). In addition, the program provides professional development support and covers expenses associated with attending the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

DSP has produced a video to describe the program: VIDEO

Since 1993, the program has supported more than 1,900 scholars who have attended over 109 institutions in more than 30 states.

Participating Institutions

West Virginia University, along with dozens of other institutions in and outside of the SREB region participate. A list of current participating institutions can be found here

Types of Awards

Doctoral Award - 3-5 year package

  • Intended for students in their first year OR expecting admission before the academic year begins
  • Up to three years of an annual $20,000 stipend from the DSP program, and two years from the institution.
  • Up to five years of an annual tuition waiver, and fee waiver (if allowed by institution) 
  • Professional development opportunities

Dissertation Award - 1 year package

  • Intended for students who have completed all coursework AND
  • Have or will have defended the dissertation prospectus before the academic year begins
  • One year - $20,000 stipend support
  • One year - tuition waiver, and fees waiver (if allowed by institution)
  • One time - $500 academic support
  • Professional development opportunities 

Application Information

This program accepts new doctoral scholars annually. The application opens in January and closes March 31st each year.

Ready to determine if you are eligible and can apply for this program? Click HERE

Contact Information

Monique Waddell - Scholar Services Coordinator, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

Additional Resources