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.

The Dean's Scholar Fellowship provides five years of funding to cover tuition, fees, a stipend, and health care for incoming Ph.D. students that are US citizens and permanent residents. Self-nominations for this opportunity are available online at

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, The University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is recruiting LSAMP Scholars for Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships for academic years 2018-2020.  Some of the benefits of the program include tuition, fees, and student health insurance waiver for first two years, an annual stipend of $32,000 for first two years, and personalized mentoring.  Students must participate in a LSAMP program during their undergraduate education and have a Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline.  More information about the program and application requirements can be found online. Please contact Dr. Anthony Natale or Dr. Susan Walden with any questions.

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

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, UAlbany
UAlbany’s Office of Graduate Education and lead institution, Stony Brook University, submitted and were approved for a National Science Foundation (NSF), Bridge to the Doctorate program. Bridge to the Doctorate is a graduate fellowship and support program for former LSAMP participants who plan to matriculate in a graduate program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). The program offers 12 two-year graduate fellowships of $30,000. Students will also receive full tuition, health insurance, support services, and opportunities to attend academic and professional workshops.

Partial List of current and past BD Programs
Map of current BD programs
Search for LSAMP and BD programs

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:

University at Albany Waives the Graduate School Application Fees for LSAMP Scholars
The University at Albany is dedicated to diversifying graduate education, as such we provide application fee exemptions to LSAMP students. Ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” UAlbany is the premier public research university in New York’s Capital Region, offering 83 master’s, 38 doctoral and 35 certificate graduate programs. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work. UAlbany also offers assistantships, fellowships, and tuition scholarships. To learn more, please complete the UAlbany Graduate Inquiry Form and we'll be in touch!.

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.

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:

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

The NASA Postdoctoral Program
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA's mission, to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. NASA Postdoctoral Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management. The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

UC Davis Postdoctoral Scientist
The Dixon Lab in the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology is seeking innovative, energetic and motivated postdoctoral scientists to join our research group. Our lab is interested in excitation contraction (EC)-coupling in cardiac muscle. Recent and ongoing projects in the lab have focused on the function and physiology of L-type calcium ion channels in EC-coupling in health, stressed, aging, and disease states (such as LQT syndrome). To study the function and distribution of these channels and others, we use patch clamp electrophysiology, and multiple advanced imaging modalities including Ca2+ imaging and state-of-the-art super-resolution technologies. In parallel studies, we use molecular biology and biochemical approaches including cloning, cell culture, Western blot, protein purification, and mass spectrometry. Ideal candidates for these positions should place importance on quantitative approaches and have experience in some of the aforementioned techniques. Previous experience in the isolation of primary ventricular myocytes is desirable but not essential. Successful applicants will be expected to stay abreast of the current literature in the field, design and execute experiments, assist in the collection of data for grant applications, and to prepare their results for presentation at national and international scientific conferences and for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Minimum Requirements:
• Ph.D. in Physiology, Pharmacology, Biophysics, Biochemistry or related field.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently in at least one of the following areas: patch clamp electrophysiology, biochemistry
• Ability and willingness to learn new software for data acquisition and analysis
• Team player and problem-solver who can communicate effectively and work both independently and in collaboration with the PI and other lab members
• To Apply: Interested candidates should send their CV/biosketch to the PI, Rose Dixon, via email

Binghamton University Seeks Director of Diversity Programs and Initiatives< br /> The Watson School at Binghamton University (SUNY) seeks a dynamic professional to serve as the position of Director of Diversity Programs and Initiatives. The Watson School is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, especially underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

University of Buffalo STEM Faculty Positions
The University of Buffalo seeks applicants for many STEM faculty positions currently open in the areas of: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Material Design, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Assistant/Associate Professor (Faculty Position in Infectious Diseases Research)
The Department of Veterinary Medicine (the Maryland campus of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine) at the University of Maryland-College Park, MD, invites applications from qualified individuals for a tenured/tenure-track faculty position in infectious diseases. This 9-month appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. The Department has excellent state of-the-art research and core facilities, which also includes BSL-2 and BSL-3 suites.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. or Ph.D./DVM or equivalent degree with relevant post-doctoral training.  Applications are accepted through (sort of position number 103716).  Submit your application by March 31, 2018 for best consideration.


6th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference
Conference Dates: April 5-6, 2018 — Blacksburg, Virginia
The Faculty Women of Color in the Academy conference offers women of color a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country. Participants range from senior faculty and administrators with distinguished careers in higher education to emerging scholars of color who are graduates or undergraduates. The two-day conference features prominent women of color as keynote speakers, panelists, performers, and workshop facilitators. This year’s keynote speakers are Maria Hinojosa (National Public Radio’s Latino USA) and Brittney Cooper (Author, Professor, and Co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective). Registration is now open; the deadline is March 23, 2018.

6th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference
Conference Dates: October 25 – 27, 2018 — Charlotte, North Carolina
Submission Deadline: March 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST
The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2018 conference themed “Theory, Knowledge, and Practice” This year’s conference addresses the (im)possibilities of connecting applied and academic research, the gaps among intellectualism, political consciousness, and activism, as well as potentials of academic work to have positive transformative effects on society. Submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome. Submission topics along with addition information can be found at Contact Deandra Taylor ( is you have any questions.