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At a Glance Benefits

  • A salary of $25,000/year plus tuition for the first two years of doctoral-level study at the University of Tennessee Knoxville if selected for the 2-year fellowship.
  • After students advance out of the 2-year fellowship, students are positioned to receive either a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship from a supporting program or department.
  • Health Insurance for the first two years of doctoral-level study if selected for the fellowship.
  • An Individual Development Plan that helps students identify their research and career goals, organize skill development and communicate goals to mentors and research advisors.
  • The support to write and submit competitive fellowships to various federal agencies, private foundations etc.
  • A research environment that has gained international recognition for computing technology and state-of-the-art research.
  • Research and professional development resources at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Participation in a community of scholars that allows graduate students to share experiences and insights, break down barriers that impede success and integrate their personal and professional lives.
  • Funding for conference travel
  • An extended Mentorship Network that provides guidance to help students complete their PhDs and in developing as accomplished scholars
  •  Professional development opportunities with the graduate school of the University of Tennessee, current PEER students & PEER staff.