Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Graduate School

Bridge to the Doctorate will start in Fall 2019. Individuals will receive a stipend and the cost of education allowance. A three-week residential transition program and mentoring institute will be provided.

Step 1: Visit UVA's Graduate Admission portal to learn about the various departments and programs.
Step 2: Visit the Application Management page to create or continue an application. The application contains a checkbox for Level 1 LSAMP students to select.
Step 3: Completed applications are forwarded to their respective departments for review by a faculty panel.
Step 4: UVA departmental faculty will nominate students; the Program Director and Advisory Board will review nominations and select fellows.

Participants must have been a Level 1 LSAMP student as an undergraduate, and be admitted into one of UVA's Ph.D. programs. Graduate applications should be submitted by December 15, 2018.  Please understand that some programs have later deadlines.  Questions or concerns about deadlines should be directed to specific programs.  Individuals must select the checkbox for LSAMP students.

Please contact Dr. Keisha John, Director of Diversity Programs in the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs, at or 434-243-5482 for additional details about Bridge to the Doctorate at UVA.

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

Other Bridge to the Doctorate Funding Opportunities:

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.

Engineering Graduate Preview Event - University of Wisconsin Madison
Program Dates: November 14 – 18, 2018
Location: University of Wisconsin Madison
Overview: The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison invites applications for its graduate preview weekend, the ‘Opportunities in Engineering Conference’ (OPPS), November 14 – 18, 2018. Students selected to participate will have all travel, lodging, and most meals paid by the conference. The program targets students from undergraduate juniors through Masters candidates. Selected participants will hear faculty research presentations, tour labs, meet with current graduate students, and learn about funding opportunities. Contact Kelly Burton at or 608.263.4583 for additional information. The Submission deadline is Friday, October 5, 2018.

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.  The site's advance search tool allows individuals to filter programs by upcoming deadlines.

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.

GAANN Fellowship Opportunity - Computer Science
Overview: The University of Alabama has multiple Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Multiple GAANN Fellowships are available during the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters for students interested in pursuing a career in research and academics. The one-year, renewable fellowships provide a unique mentored teaching experience and the opportunity to participate as a teaching assistant in a study-abroad course. In addition, GAANN Fellows receive stipends of up to $34,000/yr, depending on financial need.

Eligibility Criteria:
• U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
• Admitted to the chemical engineering doctoral program at UA
• Excellent academic record
• Demonstrated financial need

The graduate application may be found at and computer science research opportunities at For additional information contact Dr. Jeffrey Carver ( or Dr. Travis Atkison (

GAANN Fellowship Opportunity - Chemical and Biological Engineering
Overview: The University of Alabama has multiple Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Multiple GAANN Fellowships are available during the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters for students interested in pursuing a career in research and academics. The one-year, renewable fellowships provide a unique mentored teaching experience and the opportunity to participate as a teaching assistant in a study-abroad course. In addition, GAANN Fellows receive stipends of up to $34,000/yr, depending on financial need.

Eligibility Criteria:
• U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
• Admitted to the chemical engineering doctoral program at UA
• Excellent academic record
• Demonstrated financial need

The graduate application may be found at and chemical engineering research opportunities at For additional information contact Dr. Heath Turner (

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC)- Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Application Deadline:January 28, 2019
Overview: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides $6,000 graduate research fellowships to students majoring in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Fellowships require students to participate in a faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with NASA’s mission. Awardees are required to use $1,000 from the Fellowship to support travel to related conferences and for research-related supplies and materials. Awards are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress.

• U.S. citizen
• Graduation date no sooner than May 2020
• Conducting research that supports NASA’s mission
• Grade point average of at least 3.0
• Must be receiving matching funds of at least $6,000 from applicant’s academic institution
• Enrolled as a full-time graduate student atone of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Application Deadline: November 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Overview: The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities. Visit to apply

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: December 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Overview: The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is highly competitive. Since its inception in 1989, NDSEG has awarded nearly 3,600 fellowships from over 58,000 applications to U.S. citizens and nationals who pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines at a U.S. institution of their choosing. Application details and materials can be found at to apply.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: Various deadlines – at 5:00 p.m. local time
Overview: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The application portal and additional information can be found at

Postdoc Funding Opportunities:

The NASA Postdoctoral Program
Application deadlines: November 1, 2018
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. Stipends begin at $60,000 and $10,000 is provided for professional travel.

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

Conferences and Learning Opportunities:

Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD)
Application Deadline: April 14 - 17, 2019
Location: Washington, DC (Marriott - Crystal City)
Overview: Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) is a collaborative effort of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND), and the ASEE Women in Engineering Division (WIED), NAMEPA (National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates), and WEPAN (Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network).
Conference registration will open in December 2018.
CoNECD is seeking abstract submissions that include both researchers seeking peer-reviewed conference papers as well as practitioners who wish to submit a presentation (e.g. Powerpoint) associated with a successful practice. Abstracts submissions are open until October 1, 2018. Submission information can be found at - Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Outreach, mentoring and recruitment of diverse K-12 students
• Mentoring, innovative recruitment and retention programs, and assessment of diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students
• Mentoring, recruitment, retention, leadership and professional development activities for diverse faculty, administrators and professionals in the engineering/computing workforce
(including work/life balance and dual-career issues, listening and negotiation, workplace climate, and innovative programs supporting diversity and inclusion)
• Company/university programs, policies or reviews that impact particular diverse groups (e.g. Title IX, transgender policies, veteran integration into academic institutions) including, for example, military experience to academic recognition
• Transformative research that informs the development of impactful and forward-thinking programs and policies on issues such as intersectionality of race and gender
• Integration of social justice into curricular and co-curricular activities
• Innovative curricular issues including inclusive pedagogies
• Managing identity across a global landscape in K-12 outreach, recruitment, retention, and academic success strategies
• The importance of cultural relevance and history in expanding the curriculum, pedagogy, classroom design, and worker spaces in academia and corporate settings
• Understanding inclusion, equity, access, and diversity in the effort to broaden participation, transform institutional leadership and promote student-centered success strategies in academia
• Unleashing the invisible factors of human potential to innovate, explore the unknown and develop community centered solutions to address diversity, inclusion, and access in industry and academia

Values-Based Academic Leadership Institute
Program Dates: October 5-6, 2018
Location: Broward College, South Campus (Pembrooke Pines, Florida)
Overview: Co-hosted by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. The Values-Based Academic Leadership Institute participants will explore the practices of a values driven leader, one who can produce transformative change by creating an environment of honesty, truth, and trust. Whereas other academic leadership development programs in higher education focus primarily on building management skills and acumen for the purpose of career advancement, the Values Based Academic Leadership Institute does much more. We take a holistic approach to all levels of academic leadership by grounding theory, practice, and institutional mission in personal and professional values to foster authentic, successful leadership.

REIL-Biology Workshop @ ABRCMS
Overview: REIL-Biology will host a day-long workshop on November 14, immediately preceding the 2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis, IN. The workshop will be held at the Indiana Convention Center from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  At the workshop, participants will work with faculty who have experience in course-based research to:
• hear about the benefits of course-based research experiences for students and faculty
• discuss the components of a course-based research experience
• describe barriers to incorporating course-based research experiences in introductory biology at their institution
• learn about strategies for overcoming barriers to implementing course-based research experiences
• work in institutional teams to begin to develop research modules for their introductory biology courses
• discuss approaches to assessing course-based research experiences
Travel funds are available to help defray the costs of institutional teams attending the workshop and conference. Individuals may register here.

Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference
Program Dates: April 11 - 13, 2019
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
The FWCA conference offers women of color faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country. The two-day conference features prominent women of color scholars as keynote speakers, panelists, performers, and workshop facilitators. Individuals can register online at