New Graduate School Partnership with the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development

The Bonner Foundation is pleased to announce a new graduate school partnership with the Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.


Vanderbilt Peabody College seeks to enhance the human condition, with a particular focus on children’s learning and development. They accomplish this mission, through the preparation of teachers and leaders; through cycles of research, implementation, and refinement; through service to families, schools, and communities; and through external engagement with professionals, leaders, and policy-makers. Peabody’s focus on learning differences has helped to define the college, as has a reputation for empirical rigor in educational neuroscience; child, family, and community development; special education; the learning sciences; and educational leadership and policy. Peabody is devoted to creating opportunity in an increasingly diverse society and to solving large societal problems.

Vanderbilt Peabody College at a glance: 

  • Each year, Peabody College consistently ranks among the top graduate schools of education by US News and World Report, and has been ranked first five times.

  • 97 percent of Peabody master’s graduates have landed a job in field within four months of graduation.

  • Current graduates have found jobs in state and federal education agencies, legislatures, and school district offices; public, charter, and independent schools; colleges and universities; foundations, nonprofits, and think tanks.


Bonner Program participants and alumni who have  (1) successfully met the requirements of their scholarship/service and (2) possess an interest in education policy and research are encouraged to apply for a graduate or professional degree at Vanderbilt Peabody College. The school will provide an application fee waiver for all Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders, and for those accepted into the program, a partial tuition scholarship that applies to any of their 16 Master’s and 2 campus-based Ed.D. programs. 

Eligibility Requirements and Next Steps:

  • Submit a complete application by the December 31 priority deadline.

  • Earn admission to an eligible Master’s or Ed.D. program at Vanderbilt Peabody College.

  • Successfully complete requirements of Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader Program at undergraduate institution.

  • Provide a letter verifying your successful participation in the program from your Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program adviser from your home institution or from the central office.

  • Must maintain good academic standing to maintain scholarship support.

Learn more about Peabody College here. Questions about the Bonner/Peabody partnership can be directed to