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PhD Applicant Weekend

The most promising Ph.D. applicants will be invited to visit campus on a two-day visit.

The two-day visit familiarizes applicants with the resources of both the department and the university including a tour of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Campus and its community.

Prospective students will meet with individual faculty to learn more about research training opportunities and interact with current Ph.D. students to hear their perspective on their  research at Vanderbilt. The Ph.D. program emphasizes preparation for research and teaching careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, and hearing or speech science. Doctoral education and training is integrated with the federally-sponsored research programs of faculty members.

Our department is committed to fully funding accepted applicants (tuition and stipend) for the period of Ph.D. training, typically 4 to 5 years.

Transportation, housing and per diem will be provided to invited applicants. Applicants will be contacted in early to mid-January to make travel arrangements.

The deadline for applications is January 15th of every year. 

For more information about the Ph.D. program and the application process, visit

Please contact Dr. Melissa Duff, Director of the Ph.D. Program in order to discuss  research interests while preparing your application at