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Welcome to ATD's higher education community where students, faculty in talent development-related programs, and talent development professionals working at colleges and universities collaborate to develop a stronger workforce. Whether you’re a student, professor, dean, practitioner, or education leader, ATD has resources for you.
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  • Through content, scholarships, and services, ATD provides opportunities geared toward students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees in talent development-related fields.
  • ATD is focused on the growth and support of the higher education community and offers many opportunities for college and university faculty.
  • The first comprehensive directory of learning and development academic degree programs offered by accredited colleges and universities. Search. Find. Succeed.

ATD Student Scholarships

Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2020

Students in a doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate program are encouraged to apply for the 2021 ATD John Coné Student Membership Scholarship, ATD International Conference & Exposition registration scholarship, and the ATD Essentials Series workshop scholarship. Applicants should be current students at the time of submitting the application. There is one online application for all scholarships.

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ATD Dissertation Award

Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2020

The ATD Dissertation Award is given to foster and disseminate research in the practice of developing talent in organizations. It will be presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation for which a degree has been granted between August 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020.

Learn More and Apply

Student Membership and Eligibility Requirements

Student Professional Member Rate: $99

Student Professional Plus Member Rates: $239

ATD student members receive full membership benefits at a fraction of the regular membership rate! The ATD student member rate is for students who are either:

  • enrolled in the equivalent of at least half-time at an accredited university or college OR
  • active ATD chapter student members.

These are also the eligibility requirements for student conference registration. Read more about Member Benefits or download our membership brochure.

Additional Resources

Download the ATD higher education brochure.

2019 State of the Industry Report Now Available!
The State of the Industry report is ATD’s definitive review of talent development trends. The 2019 State of the Industry report was based on data from hundreds of organizations representing a diverse range of industries, sizes, and locations. ATD members receive a downloadable copy of the report as a complimentary member benefit. You can also access the State of the Industry through the ATD Publications app.

The Talent Development Framework
View the Building a Talent Development Structure Without Borders whitepaper today! Talent development professionals build the knowledge, skills, and abilities of others and help them develop and achieve their potential so the organizations they work for can succeed. In today’s knowledge economy, organizations need talent development functions that support the unique competency needs of their businesses. To better understand how organizations are structuring and aligning their talent development functions, ATD and Rothwell & Associates partnered to identify the areas organizations most often use to build a talent development structure for meeting current and future competency needs in a world in which talent has become the engine of business.

Do you have expertise in a particular topic unique to academic leaders, faculty, or talent development professionals in higher education? Is there a topic or area of research you would like to share with practitioners? Here are some ways to share your thoughts with fellow community members:

  • Share and post content for the higher education community.
  • Join the ATD Higher Education group on
  • Comment and start discussion around a blog post.
  • Submit a Student Spotlight.
  • Propose a topic for a TD magazine article.
  • Submit a proposal for the higher education track at the ATD International Conference & Exposition.
  • Serve as a reviewer for the higher education track at the annual conference.
  • Serve as an application reviewer for the ATD student scholarship or Dissertation Award.
  • Sign up to receive the Higher Ed newsletter. (Select the option in your ATD user profile under communication preferences.)

Send Your Ideas
Have you found a good blog or other resource you think our community should share? Send me your ideas, requests, and opinions on how you think ATD can improve our community. I would love to hear from you!

Contact Us
Questions? Contact Erin Strider, Sr. Project Manager, ATD Higher Education Community.