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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.
2020 ATD Student Scholarships - Application Now Open!
Deadline to apply is November 20, 2019
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. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2019.

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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, 2018, and September 30, 2019. The 2020 application will open in early Fall 2019. 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 2019 Student Scholarship Recipients!
Katy Bailey
University of San Francisco
Organizational Development
Tessly Dieguez
Florida Institute of Technology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Kathryn Fontaine
North Carolina State University
Training and Development
Esther Jackson
Walden University
Instructional Design
Betty Kemboi
Emporia State University
Instructional Design
Chelsea Lee
Western Governors University
Training and Development
Tamara Quiney
Florida State University
Instructional Design
Victoria Weaver
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Curriculum & Instruction