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Two Institutions, One Innovative Ph.D.

Systems Change for Inclusive Education, a National Collaborative Effort for Students with Extensive Support Needs (SCIENCE-ESN)

Learn more about SCIENCE-ESN from this recorded Information Session:

Interested in a fully supported Ph.D. program?

SCIENCE-ESN is a collaborative doctoral program delivered by the University of Utah (UU) and the University of Arizona (UA). This fully funded four-year program will prepare you for faculty positions with expertise in effective educational practices for students with extensive support needs (ESN). Accepted students will interact with each other, faculty from the UU and UA, and with faculty from other collaborating universities. If you're ready to drive systemic educational change and improve outcomes form students with ESN through research, teaching, and service, please consider applying.

Who is eligible?

Any student with a master’s degree, U.S. citizenship, or residency and preferably three years of experience as a special education teacher or comparable is encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in enrolling students from underrepresented groups, including multilingual and racially diverse scholars, as well as scholars with disabilities.


 - Full tuition waiver
 - Living stipend starting at $40,000 a year
 - Travel support
 - Needs-based funds
 - Access to scholars and mentors from 2+ respected research universities
 - Collaboration with national experts on inclusion, equity and justice, and systems change in education

How do I apply?

Apply to UU by March 15, 2024 or to UA by January 15, 2024 to begin August 2024

For further questions and to plan your application, please contact any of the Principal Investigators:

Principal Investigators

Last Updated: 3/1/24