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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.
The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) has two certifications. The APTD is for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on the foundational areas of TD.
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!
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Maggie Kimberl outlines the importance of networking for college students, and offers advice for students to continue building their network while schools are remote during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 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, one ATD International Conference & Exposition registration scholarship, and one 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 for a total of eight possible scholarships. The 2021 application is now closed. Entrants will be notified by February 28, 2021.

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ATD Dissertation Award

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, 2019, and September 30, 2020. The submission window for 2021 is now closed. Entrants will be notified by March 30, 2021.

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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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Read Blog Post from Student Scholarship Winners!
In Their Own Words: ATD Student Scholarship Winners' Tips for Learning Remotely
Three student scholarship winners offer some advice and insights for students who are learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to the 2020 Student Scholarship Recipients!
William Hamilton
Ashford University
Organizational Development
Sara Hurt
Wayne State University
Design and Performance Systems
Mackenzie Lauka
Purdue University
Learning Design and Technology
Alexis Mendoza
Texas A&M University
Human Resource Development/Management
Ha ThiThanh Nguyen
North Carolina State University
Training and Development
Katie Santo
New York University
Digital Media Design
Carol Sheetz
University of St. Francis
Training and Development
Monique St. Paul
University of Denver
Learning and Development Concentration