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Holmes Scholar Program

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program supports historically underrepresented doctoral students by providing them with the academic and professional guidance needed to be successful in the field of education.

Scholars accepted into the program will have access to a national network of university Holmes chapters, research and mentoring opportunities. Active members will have opportunities to attend the ACCTE Annual Meeting, Annual Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and dissertation research retreats.

The Mary Frances Early College of Education’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion coordinates the Holmes program at the University of Georgia. There is an application process and an expectation that members of the program will actively engage in Holmes events and programming.


The AACTE Holmes Scholars Program supports doctoral students from historically underrepresented communities pursuing careers in education. Graduate students have the opportunity to apply to the program each year, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will annually select 5-8 scholars to join the program cohort.

Eligible graduate students must be in good academic standing and have the ability to commit 2-3 years to the program.


The UGA Holmes Scholars application opens annually in May and closes in mid-June. The application includes the submission of a long essay and short answer questions.

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