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Graduate Student Support

Funding available:  2022 – 2026

Project ASSIST: Advancing Student Success through Interdisciplinary Scholar Training:  Preparation Program for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Audiologists

Personnel Preparation Grant

The Department of Special Education/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHH) has been awarded a 1.2 million dollar interdisciplinary personnel preparation training grant through the US Office of Special Education Programs.

From 2022 to 2026, Project ASSIST will support 29 students seeking graduate degrees in special education/deaf education or audiology. Collaboration between professionals who serve children who are DHH is crucial in developing successful, comprehensive service delivery plans. This specialty program will prepare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate successful interdisciplinary collaboration between teachers of children who are DHH and pediatric/educational audiologists.

  • Scholars will receive $20,000 of grant funding
  • Scholars will receive $2,000 for travel to a professional conference
  • Scholars may be eligible for a partial tuition waiver
  • Scholars will receive customized equipment for hearing device management

In addition to taking the typical DHH program course of study, Project ASSIST scholars will learn alongside educational audiology students in the following activities:

  • Field work in educational settings working with children who are DHH
  • Seminar series discussing essential elements of interdisciplinary collaboration (e.g., models of collaboration, evidence-based practice, cultural competence)
  • Community outreach activities
  • Expanded coursework in educational audiology


Eligible Applicants

Indiviuals who are seeking a master's degree (MEd) and license/endorsement in teaching children who are DHH in K-12 may apply. To participate in this project, scholars will need to apply and be accepted into the special education master's program.


Application Deadline and Submission

Accepting applications now through March 1st each year. Applications will be considered as they are received until all the awards have been made. Submit the application by email to

The deadline to submit grant applications is 4:00 pm:
March 1st of each year

Incomplete and late applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

For more information about the DHH program and/or this funding opportunity, contact:
Nicole Pilling, project co-director

For those interested in pursuing Project ASSIST as an audiology student, contact:
Dr. Samantha Gustafson

This program is funded by a U.S. Department of Education traning grant entitled "Project ASSIST:  Advancing Student Success through Interdisciplinary Scholar Training:  Preparation Program for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Audiologists" Grant # H325K210039


Last Updated: 2/4/22