Funding Your Graduate Education

The PhD in Transdisciplinary Leadership and Creativity for Sustainability (TLCS) program holds financial accessibility as a top priority and is committed to creatively addressing/supporting student participation.

Tuition & Fees

For a detailed description of tuition and fees for graduate students, visit UVM Student Financial Services.

Financial Support

PhD students in the TLCS program have secured funding to offset tuition costs in a variety of ways. Generally, funding has come in the form of these six categories:

PhD in TLCS Scholarship Opportunities

The Rubenstein School makes every effort to work with students to make their graduate education financially affordable. All admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need or ability to pay. Merit-based and need-based financial support are available through a variety of sources, as well as a Multicultural Scholarship supporting diversity and inclusion. Financial support in the form of professional development and/or tuition remission funds may also be available through your employer and/or organizational partner. Please reach out to Drusilla Roessle at if you are interested in applying for a scholarship.

Deadlines for Scholarships: We encourage you to apply for the scholarships at the same time you apply to the program. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for Fall 2024, with recommended submission by June 15, 2024.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Our students have also received many external scholarship/fellowships including the Ashoka Fellowship, Robert Fullwood Johnson Foundation Fellowship, Switzer Fellowship, and more. View a compiled list of relevant external scholarships/fellowships here. Prospective students may also follow this link to external funding information and resources provided by the UVM Graduate College.

Direct Project Funding & Grants

Some PhD students have applied for grants, private gifts, and even crowd-sourced support to fund their PhD work (which also benefits their organization/community). Some of this funding has supported travel and direct costs of research, while other funding has supported students’ time and even tuition costs. In some cases, students have used their PhD work to do significant fundraising for their own home community/organization.

Organizational Support

Many PhD students receive financial support from their home organization that can include tuition remission and other direct costs. Many organizations recognize that this program will directly benefit the organization. Some students have also designed projects that have led to partnerships with organizations who are willing to fund students for the completion of their PhD.

Financial Aid

UVM’s Student Financial Services provides support to graduate students to explore traditional financial aid opportunities (in the form of loans, work study, etc.)

Work Support/Income

Unlike residential programs that are intended for full-time students who must give up their professional employment, this PhD program is designed as an online program that can be completed while students work full-time. Some PhD students are able to contribute to their tuition costs through income or professional development funds from their professional employment.

We would love to hear from you! Email Drusilla Roessle at with any questions and/or to set up a time to connect by phone.