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.

LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Funding Opportunities:

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

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 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

Postdoc and Faculty Opportunities:

NASA Postdoctoral Program
Application Deadlines: November 1, 2021 @ 6 PM EST
Overview: The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers U.S. and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar, may apply. Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation as well as subsidized health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional and programmatic travel. Please email if there are any questions.

Eligibility Criteria
• Must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by January 30, 2021
• Must maintain the status of postdoctoral researcher throughout the fellowship year
• Must be American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident
• Must be affiliated with a U.S. based academic or research institution
• Must plan to conduct their postdoctoral studies and research in the U.S.
• Must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and mathematics
• Cannot be in a faculty position
• Must commit to at least twenty hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events)

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.