Holmes Scholars Program

Holmes Scholars logoThe AACTE Holmes Scholars® Program consists of doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds pursuing careers in education at AACTE member institutions. This program provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities to the Scholars, who in turn become an outstanding pool of candidates for future faculty and leadership positions.

Participation in the Holmes Scholars Program is open to all AACTE member institutions that have doctoral programs in education; AACTE charges no additional fee to enroll. Sponsoring institutions are responsible for supporting their Scholars according to the participation requirements (see below). View the selection criteria and expectations for Scholars and institutions.

Learn more about the Holmes Scholars Program's history and governance.

Program Benefits

Benefits for Sponsoring Institutions

  • Participation in the AACTE Holmes Scholars Program is an effective tool for recruiting new doctoral students of color.
  • Participation in the program enhances the retention and graduation rates of doctoral students of color by providing a support network of peers and unique opportunities for professional experiences.
  • Participation in the program demonstrates and enhances the institution's role as a leader in supporting diversity, which is relevant to national accreditation standards.
  • Institutions receive free distribution of faculty search announcements among Holmes Scholars and Holmes alumni.
  • Sponsoring institutions are recognized in AACTE materials. Download the current list of participating institutions.

Benefits for Scholars

  • Membership in a national network of peers with access to dedicated online social networks.
  • Mentoring opportunities by Holmes Scholar alumni currently in academia and other leadership positions.
  • Opportunities to present their research at the AACTE Annual Meeting.
  • Dedicated mentoring programs at the AACTE Annual Meeting.
  • A job fair at the AACTE Annual Meeting and access to position announcements through the year.
  • Annual Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute in Washington, DC, including participation in AACTE's Day on the Hill and networking events associated with the AACTE State Leaders Institute.
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities at the national level, such as participation in conference presentations and policy/advocacy training.

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