Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - George Mason University
About Us

The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an Information Flyer I can print to share with colleagues who may be interested in this grant? More Less
Yes. We would really appreciate your assistance in recruiting! Click here for the Information Flyer.
How do I know if this doctoral grant program is a good match for me? More Less
Review ASPIRE's purpose and the timeline for program completion. If the grant's purposes directly coincide with your career goals and interests and experiences, this doctoral grant may be a good match for you. If the timeline for program completion is a pace and rigor you can commit to and be successful with, this doctoral grant may be a good match for you.
If I know I am interested in working with elementary and secondary students with low-incidence disabilities or low-functioning autism, is this doctoral grant a good match for me? More Less
No. Our focus is on elementary and secondary students with high-incidence disabilities.
Should I apply for this doctoral grant program if I'm not positive it is a good match for me? More Less
Given all the information you've read on this web site, and after having an individual discussion with one of the doctoral grant's Co-PIs, if you think this doctoral grant may be a good match for you, apply for it. If you are selected, that is when you will really need to make a decision. For those applicants whom we select, we will be providing individualized and specific guidance prior to your acceptance so that both of us are as sure as we can be that we are good matches for each other!
Can I complete the program on a full-time or a part-time basis? More Less
No. ASPIRE scholars must commit to full-time doctoral studies. In select circumstances, ASPIRE scholars may start doctoral studies part-time, but must be full-time by Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.
Can I complete the program at a pace that is a better match for me (e.g., one or two courses per semester)? More Less
No. We have received grant funding based on what we are obligated to accomplish with doctoral students within a specific timeline. If this timeline is not a good match for you, do not apply for this grant. However, you may still apply for our PhD program, which we encourage you to do if pursuing a special education doctorate is your next career goal! https://education.gmu.edu/phd-in-education/information-session
Must I complete the program within a specific time period? More Less
Yes. Refer to the ASPIRE doctoral program, which includes the sequence of courses and timeline for completing the doctoral program.
If I am selected for the doctoral grant, accept it, and then decide it is not a match for me, what are my financial obligations for the federal dollars I have received? More Less

If you have accepted and agreed to complete this grant's doctoral program, you will be obligated to either complete the entire program and the service (e.g., employment in higher education for a specific period of time) obligation, or you will need to pay back the federal dollars you received. This is a federal requirement for students who receive grant funds.

More details will be explained about your service obligation commitment before you accept the grant (if it is offered to you), because we also want to make sure you are very clear about what you are agreeing to and what the consequences are if you decide later (for whatever reasons) that you are not able to fulfill a portion or the entirety of your financial and service obligation.

What are the likely times and locations for PhD courses? More Less
Doctoral courses are offered late afternoon and evening times (4:30 pm to 7:10 pm; 7:20 pm to 10:00 pm) on Monday through Thursday evenings at GMU’s Fairfax campus. Internships require daytime obligations.
Will there be any online courses? More Less
No courses will be completely online. There will be some sessions of courses that will be delivered online.