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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Penn State AAC Leadership Project (doctoral student funding)

AAC Leadership Project — Reflecting on achievements, and welcoming recruitment

The overall mission of the PSU AAC Community is to improve the quality of life for the more than two million Americans who have complex communication needs.  As a significant contribution towards that effort, we have been thrilled to engage the AAC Leadership Project,  a federally funded training grant in AAC (U.S. Department of Education grant #H325D110008) designed to prepare and support faculty researchers specifically interested in the unique needs of persons with complex communication needs.  We are eager to encourage and welcome those interested in being a part of this Project with our final recruitment effort.
FAQ:   How does the funding work?  Are there other funding options for prospective doctoral scholars?
The training grant provides funding support for doctoral students through graduate fellowships that provide full tuition and a yearly stipend.  There is a “work or repay” requirement:  for every year of grant funds received, graduates are required to work in a qualified position for 2 years.  There are also other funding options available for doctoral students through departmental assistantships.  While these include full tuition and a monthly stipend, students funded in this manner also must work 20 hours/week as research assistants or teaching assistants.  Careful consideration is made to develop these experiences to enhance their competencies in research and teaching.

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