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Higher Education Community

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.
ATD Student Scholarships
The Association for Talent Development (ATD), offers students the following scholarship opportunities: John Coné Membership Scholarships and an ATD International Conference & Exposition Registration Scholarship. 2024 Scholarships Now Open!
Deadline to apply: November 30, 2023
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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.

Student Membership and Eligibility Requirements

Student Professional Member Rate: $119

Student Professional Plus Member Rates: $279

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.

Higher Ed Resources

Download the ATD higher education brochure.
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2022 State of the Industry Report Now Available!
The State of the Industry report is ATD’s definitive review of talent development trends. The 2022 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.

ATD Student Scholarships
Each year students in a doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate program are encouraged to apply for six available ATD John Coné Student Membership Scholarships and one ATD International Conference & Exposition registration scholarship. Applicants should be current students at the time of submitting the application. There is one online application for all scholarships for a total of seven possible scholarships.
The application for 2024 scholarships are now open. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2023.

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ATD Dissertation Award
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, 2022, and September 30, 2023. The submission window for 2024 recognition is now open. The deadline to submit is November 30, 2023. The recipient will be recognized in May during the ATD24 International Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, LA.

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The Talent Development Capability Model
ATD’s Talent Development Capability Model defines the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces.

Faculty: How are your students defining the latest capabilities needed for success in the talent development industry? ATD offers resources for aligning your curriculum to the Talent Development Capability Model.

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 td.org.
  • Comment and start discussion around a blog post.
  • 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.