Holmes Program

Holmes Scholars logoThe AACTE Holmes Program supports students from historically underrepresented groups who are pursuing careers in education at AACTE member institutions. Founded in 1991 for doctoral students and expanded in 2015 to support students at earlier points in their education careers, the Holmes Program now provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities at four levels:

  • The AACTE Holmes Scholars Program supports doctoral students. Learn more
  • The AACTE Holmes Master’s Program supports master’s students. Learn more
  • The AACTE Holmes Honors Program supports undergraduates. Learn more
  • The AACTE Holmes Cadets Program supports high school students. Learn more

In addition, Boston University is piloting a Holmes Postdoctoral Program in Education and Human Development in which postdoctoral fellows will engage in a 2-year research and residency program, 2018-2020.

Learn more about the education-related careers and pathways pursued by Holmes students.

Participation in the Holmes Program is open to all AACTE member institutions; AACTE charges no additional fee to enroll. Sponsoring institutions are responsible for supporting their Holmes students according to the participation requirements.

Learn more about the history and governance of the AACTE Holmes Program.

Program Benefits


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See what Holmes participants and alumni say about the program