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.

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.

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 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.

Graduate School Recruitment Events:

University of California - Merced
UC Merced welcomes graduate applications from LSAMP students and is providing a free application fee waiver for the Fall 2022 cycle. The UC Merced fee waiver request is located within their graduate application. Information about UC Merced's graduate programs can be found here. Note: UC Merced's priority deadline is December 15,2021 and the regular deadline is January 15, 2022.

University of Kentucky is also accepting applications for it's Biology Master's and Ph.D. programs until January 1st, 2022. Learn more about both programs and how to apply by visiting

Graduate School Funding Opportunities:

ODU Graduate Research Training Initiative For Student Enhancement (G-RISE)
Overview: ODU G-RISE is a training program that promotes diversity in the pool of students who complete a doctoral degree in biomedical research fields. Qualified students receive an award based on academic merit ($25,320 stipend, health insurance, and tuition waiver). The program also provides exceptional experiences from 6-week summer doctoral bridge program, internships to biotechnology companies and government national laboratories, and learning that is not bound by the classroom. Individuals need to complete the G-RISE Biomedical Supplemental Form and email it to Questions should be sent to or call 757.683.5873. Learn more about ODU's biomedical programs visit

Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: January 28, 2022 @ 11:59 PM
Overview: The purpose of the VSGC Graduate STEM Research Fellowship program is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in STEM and support NASA’s mission. Awardees will be required to certify through their academic department that basic research support of at least $6,000 in matching funds is also being provided before funds are released. These Fellowships are intended to enhance basic graduate support such as graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and non-federal scholarships and fellowships.
Graduate Research Fellowships require that students participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) and meets NASA’s mission. Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. This is a competitive fellowship program and awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise.
Eligibility: Applicants be a U.S. citizen; graduate date no sooner than May 2023; 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 fulltime graduate student in one of the following Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: William & Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech.

Databases for Graduate Funding Opportunities:

CARAT Database for Grants and Fellowships (maintained by Harvard University)

GRAPES Database (maintained by UCLA)

Pathways to Science Graduate School Opportunities
Overview: 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.
•  Fellowships for Masters Students
•  Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates
•  Postdoc Opportunities
•  Graduate programs and internships

Presidential Management Fellows
Overview: 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.