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.


2-Step Application Process:

  • First, apply and be accepted into the CEHD PhD in Education and Human Development Program
  • Second, apply to Project ASCEND for fellowship funding and cohort position

PhD in Education and Human Development Program

Application deadlines are September 1 and February 1 of each calendar year.

Applicants must submit:

  • GRE Scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Writing)
  • Transcripts of previous academic work
  • Three references
  • Goal statement
  • Application form


  • Masters degree (or equivalent) in special education or related field
  • Three years' relevant teaching experience (or equivalent)

Attend a Phd Information Session. Dates and Locations (Fairfax campus):

  • Ph.D. in Education Information Session   10/16/2012  7:30pm - 9:00pm   Johnson Center 325 Meeting Room A   
  • Ph.D. in Education Information Session   11/15/2012  7:30pm - 9:00pm   Johnson Center 327 - Meeting Room C  

For additional information please check our website at: https://gse.gmu.edu/phd-in-education/
For additional information about the Ph.D program watch video. All details for applying to the PhD in Education and Human Development program available: at https://gse.gmu.edu/phd-in-education/


Complete application for Project ASCEND funding online - preferred

OR Click here to download the application form in a PDF format, fill it in, print and mail to Dr. Mastropieri at 4400 University Drive, Mail Stop 1F2, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Attend Information session on November 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm, Finley, room 119, Fairfax Campus (link to maps and directions)


  • Admittance to the PhD in Education and Human Development Program
  • Minimum of three years successful special education teaching experience (or comparable experience)
  • Commitment to be a full-time student
  • Commitment to study high incidence disabilities as major
  • Commitment to complete an Internship in high-need schools
  • Highly motivated to learn and participate in teaching and research activities with faculty
  • Agreement to work in area of preparation 2 years post graduation for every year of funding

We are seeking applications for all highly qualified individuals, including those with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.