EAD • Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services
The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department's (EAD) mission is to proactively assist the university with the interpretation, understanding, and application of federal and state laws which impose special obligations in the areas of equal opportunity and affirmative action. This includes reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, reasonable accommodations for religious reasons, grievances, and sexual misconduct support and resource information.


Parental Leave
The proposed parental leave policy for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows would grant up to 12 weeks of leave to a primary care giver, of which 6 weeks would be paid, for care of a newborn or newly adopted infant. Please read the full policy


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is committed to the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research. It is necessary for the completion of your PhD for students to satisfy all RCR requirements. For more information, visit the RCR page.


VU PETSA: Vanderbilt University Personal Empowerment Through Self-Awareness
Vanderbilt University's Personal Empowerment Through Self-Awareness module is an online tutorial aimed at educating Vanderbilt University's campus community about power-based personal violence. This module is one part of a multi-faceted approach to violence prevention and education on Vanderbilt's campus. For more information and to sign-up for the module, please visit the VU PETSA website


Invention Rights
The Vanderbilt University Policy on Technology and Literary and Artistic Works govern the ownership, protection and transfer of technology (inventions, discoveries, and other innovations) and literary and artistic works created or authored by Vanderbilt faculty members, staff members, or students. 


Graduate Student Travel Grant
Receive travel funding to attend a conference through the Vanderbilt University Graduate School. In order to receive funding:

  • Student must have completed one full academic year in the Graduate School.
  • Student must be the first and sole presenter of research conducted at Vanderbilt.
  • Meeting must be a major regional, national, or international conference.
  • Grants are limited to $500, and all charges must be allowable and comply with accepted Vanderbilt travel and
  • reimbursement policies.
  • Grants are awarded per budget year (July 1-June 30) and travel must begin in the year they are awarded.
  • Students are allowed one travel grant per year, and the award may only be used for the conference
  • listed below.
  • Students are eligible for three trips during their Graduate School tenure.
  • If awarded a Graduate School Travel grant, you must have travel authorization from your department prior to travel.

Learn more about the Graduate Student Travel Grant