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Through content, scholarships, and services, ATD provides opportunities geared toward students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees in learning and development-related fields. ATD students include full-time students, working professionals as students, and working professionals studying to transition into the industry.
2019 ATD Student Scholarships - Application Now Open
The Association for Talent Development (ATD), offers students the following scholarship opportunities:

John Coné Membership Scholarship
Six winners will receive one year of Professional Plus membership benefits, including TD Magazine, a free research report, one self-paced online course, four issues of TD at Work, two e-books, webcasts, and more!

ATD International Conference & Exposition Registration Scholarship
One winner will receive a complimentary full conference registration to attend the ATD 2019 International Conference & Exposition in Washington D.C., May 19-22, 2019.

ATD Essentials Series Workshop Scholarship
One winner will receive a complimentary registration to the Essentials Series online workshop of their choice.

All three scholarships are awarded through one application. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, November 20, 2018.

*Scholarships are non-transferrable. Conference registration scholarship does not include travel expenses.
The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) has introduced a new certification, the APTD, for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few areas of expertise.
ATD L&D Degree Directory
The only comprehensive directory of talent development academic degree programs offered by accredited colleges and universities.
Career Resources for Students
Many ATD members come to our association with hopes of finding content that will help them make the transition to the talent development industry, often as trainers. Here you'll find a list of what we have on the subject, as well as additional resources related to the job search or career move process.
Connect with Your Local Chapter
ATD has more than 100 chapters around the country - find the one nearest you!

ATD Student Scholarships and Dissertation Award
Students in a doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate program are encouraged to apply for the 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. See above for more information.

Download the scholarship flyer.

The ATD Dissertation Award is given to foster and disseminate research about talent development practices. It is presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation for which a degree has been granted between August 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018. Learn more.

Student Spotlights
Are you currently doing interesting research or working on a neat project you think other students would find valuable? Perhaps you'd like to spotlight an accomplishment that you or your colleagues have achieved. If so, submit a student spotlight to be featured in an upcoming edition of our higher education student newsletter! Share your spotlight today.

Are you a talent development professional age 35 or younger?
If so, ATD Young Professionals is just for you. We offer resources geared toward young professionals to help you advance in your career. From content and tools to activities and projects, we are here to help you tackle today's toughest industry challenges and to develop as talent development professionals.

ATD student membership eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per year (or the equivalent of at least half-time) at an accredited university or college


  • An active ATD chapter student member

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Congratulations to the 2018 Student Scholarship Recipients!
Crystal Bower
Kent State University
Organizational Communication
Domenic Caloia
University of West Florida
Instructional Technology
Allison Cibrorowski
Bethel University
Leadership Management/Strategic Leadership
Cierra Conerly
Grand Canyon University
Leadership Management
Sarah Conrad
Benedictine University
Organizational Development
Shayla Frinks - scholarship
Indiana University
Leadership Management
Alexandra Hire
The George Washington University
Organizational Sciences
Dena Rezaei
Texas A&M University
Human Resource Development/Management