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Higher Education Residential Fellow Program

A scholarship covering up to 60% of tuition costs

For candidates pursuing a master’s, EdD or PhD in higher education administration. View master’s degree options and doctoral degree options.

Embark on a journey that goes beyond education; transform your future with the Higher Education Residential Fellow Program. This collaborative initiative between the Warner School’s higher education program and the University’s Office for Residential Life and Housing Services is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of leaders in higher education administration who will shape the future of residential life on college campuses.

How to apply

Explore our master’s programs or doctoral programs in higher education administration. 

All full-time students admitted to our higher education programs will be eligible for the Higher Education Residential Fellow Program. In the application, you will be asked to indicate your interest in consideration.

Fellowship benefits

Financial support 

Each Residential Fellow is eligible for a scholarship of up to 60% of tuition. Fellows also receive an annual stipend of $5,000 to $7,500 based on their role as a graduate house advisor or graduate resident director. The leadership program graduate assistant receives the scholarship and an hourly pay of $15 for 20 hours per week as well as $850 declining dollars for meals.

Enriching assistantships 

Residential fellows engage in assistantships (15 to 20 hours per week) as graduate resident directors, graduate house advisors or a leadership graduate assistant. These assistantships are renewable for two years for master’s students and additional years for PhD and EdD students based on performance. Domestic students can work up to 28 hours per week, and international students can work up to 20 hours per week. 

Housing & meal coverage

For live-in positions (graduate resident directors & graduate house advisors), graduate student housing is included, with continuous housing through the summer for second-year assistantship participants. Fellows also receive $1,700 toward meal plans. 

Career mentorship

Fellows benefit from career mentorship from experienced practitioners tailored to their future goals in residential life.

Supportive learning environment

Each Residential Fellow is paired with an academic advisor who helps shape their personalized program of study. Fellows also benefit from course flexibility with in-person, online, and hybrid formats.  

No health fee

Residential Fellows save $780 with the UHS Mandatory Health Fee paid by the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services.  

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Program Director

Andrea Barrett

Assistant Professor (Clinical), Co-Chair Educational Leadership


For more information about admissions requirements, academic programs, financial aid, or any other non-Higher Education Emerging Leader Fellowship questions, please contact admissions.

For more information about the Higher Education Residential Fellow Program, please contact Andrea Barrett.