Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Graduate School

Apply to Graduate School at U.Va.:

VA-NC Alliance (LSAMP) students applying to graduate school at the University of Virginia may submit an application to the Office of Graduate Student Diversity Programs for a fee waiver. APPLY ONLINE.

Bridge to the Doctorate Funding Opportunity:

Alliance students are eligible to apply for Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) programs which provide up to two years of funding for graduate school. Check the following links periodically for updated information on application procedures and deadlines and conduct regular internet searches to identify new BD sites funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Typically, past BD programs that are not currently funded may receive funding again in the future. **Many of the BD programs have rolling admissions and will accept applications until the positions are filled. Students are encouraged to contact the program directors even after the listed deadline has passed.** Please browse through the resources listed below.

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of California is seeking applications for the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program at UC Santa Barbara sponsored by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) (pending funding). We seek applications from talented LSAMP graduates to pursue a Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.  Our BD program will be integrated into this research community, and will offer a comprehensive suite of professional development and career preparation activities, academic support, and a mentoring network to propel BD Scholars to success in their desired careers.  The fellowship includes a $32,000 annual stipend plus full tuition, fees, and health insurance for the first two years.  More information about the program and eligibility information can be found at  In addition to applying for the BD program, applicants must first apply directly to their PhD program of interest (deadlines vary, Dec-Jan). For more information on graduate admissions and department research, please visit

Bridge to Doctorate Program, Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is seeking applications for the Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program at Oklahoma State University funded by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).  The BD encourages and supports students from underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander) to pursue and complete a Ph.D. degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.  The fellowship includes a $32,000 annual stipend, tuition, fees, and student health insurance for two years.  Participants will receive individualized mentoring and coaching and have the opportunity to participate in professional conferences.  Eligibility information can be found at  The application can be found at

Bridge to Doctorate Program, University of Alabama
The University of Alabama LSAMP program is actively seeking applicants for the Bridge to Doctorate program.  The objective of this program is to train students in a Master of Science program in preparation for continued graduate study and research at the Doctoral level.  Undergraduate students who are seniors at one of the schools in the LSAMP Alliance are eligible to apply.  Students who are selected will receive an annual stipend of $32,000 and remission of tuition and fees during their first two years in graduate study.  Upon completion of their M.S. degrees, students will continue their graduate education, supported through a Research Assistantship and/or Graduate Teaching Assistantship for three or more years.  In addition to the LSAMP application form, students must also submit the University of Alabama graduate school application

Bridge to Doctorate Program, University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is looking for applicants for the Bridge to Doctorate program who would like to pursue a MS/PhD in STEM majors.  The program supports doctoral students from African American, Hispanic, and/or Native American populations during the first two years of study in STEM subjects at UConn.  The two year fellowship includes stipends up to $32,000 annually, tuition and fee supplement up to $12,000 annually, health insurance, and opportunities to research and intern at companies and national labs.  Eligibility requirements include admittance to the University of Conneticut Graduate School, U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, and LSAMP participation at the undergraduate level.  The application can be found at

Partial List of current and past BD Programs
Map of current BD programs
Search for LSAMP and BD programs
Report on the NSF's 2010-2011 Bridge to the Doctorate program

Applying to Graduate School:

Check out these grad school “how-to” YouTube videos published by UC Berkeley. Topics include: personal statement writing, financing graduate school, engineering Ph.D. student panel, etc.


Graduate School Preparation Retreats:

Held annually at VA-NC Alliance's partner institutions, workshop topics include:
completing the graduate application, writing a personal statement, securing letters of recommendation, exploring funding opportunities, etc.

By participating in these workshops, students develop a better understanding of the graduate school application process and have the opportunity to complete at least one graduate school application.

Please contact your home institution for information related to upcoming retreats.

Additional Graduate Funding Opportunities:

Binghamton University Waives Graduate School Application Fee
Binghamton University waives the graduate school application fee for LSAMP Students. Binghamton offers more than 60 master’s, 30 doctoral and 50 accelerated (combined bachelor’s/master’s) degrees, plus 15 certificates and non-degree/non-matriculated coursework. Binghamton also offers the Clifford D. Clark Graduate Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students.

Stony Brook University Graduate School Application Fee Waivers for LSAMP Scholars
We currently offer graduate programs in forty-eight fields across the Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, Journalism, Health and Medicine, as well as the Graduate Arts Campus in Southampton. As a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and with our partnerships with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we offer a unique opportunity to become involved in cutting edge research and scholarship.  Stony Brook is also recruiting for the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, which offers a $32,000 annual stipend for two years, a full tuition scholarship, fee coverage, and health insurance. Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows are also given specialized academic support in the way of tutoring and writing and exam workshops.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Angel Gonzalez.

Ford Foundation Fellowship: Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Pathways to Science Graduate School Opportunities: Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, and graduate fellowships, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring. 

Presidential Management Fellows in STEM Program: A Federal-wide, flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The PMF-STEM track seeks to place graduate students from STEM disciplines in entry-level positions in Federal agencies around the country. Learn about the application process here. Use this search tool to find federally funded graduate opportunities.

Postdoc Funding Opportunities:

Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment Program: Award provides $50,000 over three years to support the development of an underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellow conducting biomedical or medical research at a degree-granting institution. Check eligibility requirements and apply online.

Pathways to Science Postdoc Opportunities: Use this website to find postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.