ACT Scholars Program Fellowships

The ACT Scholars Program is not available for 2014. This page is for information only.

In collaboration with ACT, the University of Iowa Graduate College is pleased to accept nominations for the ACT Scholars program. This program provides both academic and professional development opportunities for qualified students pursuing graduate degrees at the University.

ACT, an international not-for-profit organization with headquarters in Iowa City, is dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions, serving millions of people in middle and high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies each year. ACT employs approximately 1,000 people in Iowa City, from a wide range of disciplines and professions, including educators, psychometricians, statisticians, psychologists, counselors, computer scientists, industrial engineers, industrial/organizational psychologists, lawyers, and accountants. ACT employees are highly educated:

  • More than 64% have bachelor’s degrees or higher
  • Nearly 30% have master’s degrees
  • More than 10% have earned doctorates

ACT strives to be a leader in diversity and inclusion. Nearly 14% of its regular workforce come from underrepresented racial/ethic groups. This diversity creates enthusiasm, commitment, and collaboration that have supported ACT’s mission to help people achieve education and workplace success. To further promote diversity and inclusion, the ACT Scholars program gives priority to students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

All ACT scholars participate in professional activities (typically 15 to 20 hours per week, but variable according to the scholar’s on-campus responsibilities) with a pertinent ACT business unit. Activities are designed to support professional development and learning and typically include research, participation in corporate seminars and meetings, etc. Specific activities are developed with an ACT mentor, in concert with each scholar’s individual academic program and interests. The ACT mentor and UI faculty advisor are in regular communication to ensure that the scholar’s research and professional development activities complement each other. Numerous ACT staff members serve in adjunct faculty positions at The University. In some instances, the ACT mentor may also serve on the student’s graduate committee.

Students pursuing graduate degrees in the following general areas are eligible. Students in related areas of graduate research will also be considered, on a case by case basis.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

  • Statistical research
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Communications
  • Computer Science

College of Business:

  • Accounting
  • Management and Organizations

College of Engineering:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

College of Education:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Measurement

College of Law:

  • Business Law

ACT Scholars will receive an annual (nine month) stipend equivalent to a 50% research assistantship ($20,000), benefits, and a full resident-rate tuition scholarship.

During the term of the award, scholars will not be eligible for other graduate support (assistantships or fellowships), regardless of source, and may not be otherwise employed during the nine-month academic year.

Priority will be given to students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Students must have been accepted for graduate study at the University of Iowa.

It is anticipated that ACT Scholars will receive support for up to four years (maximum), pending successful academic and research progress.

Each Scholar’s work will be reviewed annually by the ACT and UI co-directors to ensure adequate progress. An award may be terminated if the co-directors agree that the scholar is making insufficient progress.

Each participating College may nominate up to three individuals per year.

Nomination Process and Selection Criteria:

Nomination for an ACT Scholars award must be submitted by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the student’s program. The nomination must be approved and a letter of support provided by the collegiate dean or his/her designee.

The nomination must include:

  1. A nomination letter from the DGS describing the student’s exceptional qualifications and how the student’s research, scholarship, and career goals are a good match with ACT. The nomination must describe how the student will be mentored throughout the program, and a general plan of study must be included.
  2. A letter of support from the collegiate dean or his/her designee.
  3. A copy of the student’s current transcript, including undergraduate career record (grades and GRE or other entrance test scores) and academic progress at the University of Iowa.
  4. A statement of purpose, written by the nominee, explaining his or her academic, research, and career goals.

The ACT Scholars Program is not available for 2014. This page is for information only.

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