Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Graduate School

Bridge to the Doctorate at the University of Virginia logo

The first Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) cohort started Fall 2019; a second cohort is slated to begin in Fall 2020. Individuals will receive a stipend, the cost of education allowance, and participate in a mentoring institute. In order to qualify individuals had to be considered a Level 1 LSAMP student as an undergraduate and be admitted into one of UVA's Ph.D. programs. Dr. Keisha John, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Arts & Sciences, will serve as BD Program Director.

The Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship process is as follows:
 
Step 1: Visit UVA's Graduate Admission portal to learn about the various STEM departments and their graduate programs. To be eligible for the BD, you must be accepted into a STEM graduate program.
Step 2: Visit the Application Management page to create or continue an application. The application should contain a checkbox for Level 1 LSAMP students to select. To be eligible for the BD, you must have been a Level 1 LSAMP student as an applicant.
Step 3: Request a graduate school application fee waiver here.
Step 4: Completed applications are forwarded to the respective STEM departments for review by a faculty panel.
Step 5: UVA departmental faculty will nominate students. The Program Director and Advisory Board will review nominations and select BD fellows.
 
Please visit the following links for information about application deadlines: https://engineering.virginia.edu/future-grads/graduate-admission#accordion6763 (School of Engineering & Applied Sciences), http://graduate.as.virginia.edu/deadlines (The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences), and https://med.virginia.edu/bims/ (Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program).

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. Visit "Application Fee Waiver Information" for instructions and eligibility requirements. LSAMP Programs to include the VA-NC Alliance are listed underneath the "Organization Affiliation Eligibility" section.

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 https://engineering.virginia.edu/future-grads/graduate-admissions/about-deans-scholar-fellowship-program-page.

Additional Bridge to the Doctorate Funding Opportunities:

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

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, Boise State University
Currently accepting applications for Fall 2020 cohort
Overview: The Bridge to Doctorate program at Boise State is designed to support students through the critical first two years of graduate study. Fellows are welcomed to campus with a bridge to doctorate program orientation to build a community. Fellows receive additional mentoring, coaching, and support from faculty mentors and bridge to doctorate staff, to ensure their success in their STEM Graduate program. Fellows receive: Stipend of $32,000 annually for the first 2 years. Tuition and fee supplement, up to $12,000 annually; Continued funding support at unit level; Through to graduation with a doctorate (presuming making adequate progress towards degree); Individual faculty mentors provided to Fellows; Participation in annual PNW LSAMP Alliance Conference and Graduate Showcase.
Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible for the BD research fellowship, individuals must be admitted to a Boise State STEM M.S. or Ph.D. program for fall 2020; Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or permanent resident; Provide evidence of participation in LSAMP programs from the LSAMP Director/Coordinator at undergraduate institution. For additional information please contact Dr. Donna Llewellyn, Institute for STEM & Diversity Initiatives (ISDI) Executive Director or Catherine Bates, Institute for STEM & Diversity Initiatives (ISDI) Assistant Director.

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, Fresno State
Application Deadline: April 3, 2020
Overview: Participating students will focus on activities that will enhance their preparation for PhD studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CSU-LSAMP BD Program at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) includes completion of a Master of Science degree and entrance into a PhD program in a STEM discipline. CSU-LSAMP BD fellows are expected to complete the Master of Science degree in science, mathematics or engineering within 24 months. At the start of each new, NSF-funded CSU-LSAMP BD program, a cohort of 12 students are selected. The CSU-LSAMP Program Oversight Committee determines which CSU campus will be the performance site for each LSAMP-BD program, contingent upon NSF funding. Participants receive a $32,000 stipend per year stipend, a cost of education allowance, California residency graduate tuition and fees for two years towards completion of a MS degree in a STEM discipline, travel to professional conferences, mentorship, professional development and STEM PhD program application support.
Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible for the CSU-LSAMP BD research fellowship, you must (1) have been a participant in an LSAMP (also called CAMP or AMP) program at your undergraduate institution and (2) have applied to and been accepted for admissions to a Fresno State Graduate School and to the specific STEM department in which you intend to receive the Master of Science degree. Please note, some departments have very specific deadlines for receipt of your application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Resources:

Educational Testing Service provides GRE fee reduction waivers for individuals who demonstrate financial need or participate in national programs (such as LSAMP) that support underrepresented groups. GRE fee reduction vouchers may be used to cover 50% of the regular fee for one general test or one subject test. Visit https://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about/fees/reduction/ for additional details.

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 School Opportunities:

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Applications Due: May 2020
Overview: The goal of 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. Application Requirements | Benefits | Eligibility | Participant Obligations

Additional Graduate Funding Opportunities:

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.

Pathways to Science Postdoc Opportunities
Use this website to find postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring. https://graddiversity.virginia.edu/application-fee-waiver

Conferences:

The 8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference
Program Dates: April 18th - 19th (Viturally) 
Overview:
The Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference provides faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country. This two-day conference features prominent women of color scholars as keynote speakers, panelists, performers, and workshop facilitators. This year's speaker is Patricia Hill Collins. Please contact Virginia Tech's Office for Inclusion and Diversity at fwca@vt.edu for more details.  Update: Due to COVID-19 there will be a new virtual schedule.  A virtual writing retreat will be held on Sunday, April 19th.