Excite the Dream ODU

Excite the Dream ODU is a program designed for underrepresented scholars with a dream of pursuing a career in academia. This program provides an opportunity for underrepresented scholars to gain more insight into the professoriate by inviting them to campus to participate in a one-day experience designed to cultivate skills in teaching, research, grant writing and innovative use of technology. Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend workshops from award-winning ODU professors
  • Learn about our campus and scholarly expectations
  • Present their research agenda to chairs, deans and potential hiring committee members.

Now Accepting Applications

We are accepting applications through  December 1, 2023. Questions? Call 757-683-5893

Program Highlights

Visit our campus January 24-25, 2024.

Meet our award-winning scholars

Gain professional development

Present your research to Deans & Department Chair

Receive scholarly direction from industry experts

How do I qualify?

  • Be completing a terminal degree by September 2, 2024.
  • Be a member of an underrepresented population.
  • Have an interest in academia.
  • Submit a completed application by December 1, 2023, including a cover letter, research statement, teaching philosophy and statement of interest.

Selected qualified candidates will participate in a program designed to excite their dream of becoming a scholar in academia.


If you're considering applying, or have questions about the program, call 757-683-5893 or email us.