» Ph.D. in Education Fully Funded Support Opportunities


The Attallah College of Educational Studies invites aspiring scholars interested in pursuing a PhD with a focus on racial equity in education to apply for a Chapman Equity Scholars Fellowship. This fully funded support opportunity seeks to cultivate knowledge, theories, and practices to address inequities where they exist in K-12 and higher education settings, and to influence and inform educational policies around equitable access to learning. The successful applicant will conduct research using quantitative or mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative combined) research approaches, and will support efforts toward securing external grant funding for this research during their doctoral studies. Students with a demonstrated commitment to addressing racial inequity in education are encouraged to apply to one of our five Ph.D. emphases: Teacher Education, Cultural and Curricular Studies, Disability Studies, Leadership Studies, or School Psychology.

Applications for the Equity Scholars Fellowships are being accepted for the Fall 2024 Ph.D. in Education Cohort (priority deadline Feb. 1st, 2024)

Chapman Equity Scholars Fellowships:

  • Fully Covered Full-Time Tuition ($94k over 4 years)
  • Graduate Assistantship Opportunities ($24k per year) 
  • Travel and Research Grants of $1k per year 
  • Student Health Insurance Provided

Students can also apply for loans if they need additional funds to cover living expenses. Please see the Chapman Financial Aid website for FAFSA deadlines.

Consideration Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Education or closely related field 
  • Statement of Intent (Professional Goals) 
  • Statement of Demonstrated Commitment to Racial Equity 
  • Official Transcripts 
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae 
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores 
    • Target Minimum Scores  
      • Verbal = 156
      • Quantitative = 160 
      • Writing = 4.0  
  • TOEFL Scores (International Students Only) - Min Score = 100 

Fellowship Highlights:

  • Faculty mentorship and support
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Collaboration between peers and doctoral faculty on publications, presentations, grant proposals, and teaching

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Full-time attendance is required (3 classes per semester during coursework phase)
  • Must maintain minimum course grade requirements, GPA requirements, and stated research focus to maintain funding 
  • Assistantships require the student to devote approximately 10-20 hours per week to research or teaching during fall and spring semesters of 4-year program 

See also our Ph.D. Career Outcomes webpage for more details, by program emphasis, about our Chapman Ph.D. in Education alumni, who serve in a broad range of positions throughout higher education, K-12 education, education nonprofits, the private sector, and beyond.

Contact Us

Keith Howard, Ph.D.
Director of the Ph.D. in Education Program
(714) 628-2868

Laura Burns, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Graduate Program Specialist