Jefferson Fellows Symposium   

The Jefferson Fellows Symposium takes place during the Jefferson Fellows Selection Weekend in February at the Fellows Center. It is a chance for Jefferson Fellow candidates and members of the University community to attend research presentations delivered by second-year Fellows.  The presentations allow second-year Jefferson Fellows the unique opportunity of gaining experience in preparing and delivering academic talks early in their careers.

Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

The Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue is a biennial cross-disciplinary conference organized by the Jefferson Fellows that allows the Fellows to convene an international gathering of diverse scholars to address a topic of broad social or cultural significance. The theme for the 2015 conference is “Ethics and Development” and will feature a keynote address from Scott F. Gilbert, the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, where he teaches developmental genetics, embryology, and the history of biology.  

Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture

The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture offers Fellows the opportunity to design, edit, and manage an academic journal. The journal publishes articles that address topics of broad interdisciplinary interest and accepts submissions from a wide range of fields and perspectives.  The Journal is managed and edited entirely by the Jefferson Fellows.  Please visit the Journal website at to view the most recent issues.

Jefferson Fellows Lecture Series

Several times a year the University community gathers to hear a lecture from a Fellow who has reached the final stages of his or her research. The lecture offers the Fellow a “trial run” before their formal degree defense, and is another opportunity for the Foundation to enhance the intellectual life of the University.

Faculty Interaction

Jefferson Fellows and University faculty meet and enjoy each other’s company at Foundation banquets, research presentations and lectures, and informal social gatherings.  Recipients of the Foundation’s awards in faculty excellence are welcomed into the community as Faculty Fellows and greatly enhance the intellectual life at the Foundation. See the full list of Faculty Fellows here.




The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Read more


The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

Read more


The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

Read more