Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Graduate School

Bridge to the Doctorate at the University of Virginia:

Bridge to the Doctorate will start in Fall 2019 at UVA. To be considered, applicants must have been a Level 1 LSAMP student as an undergraduate and be admitted into one of UVA's Ph.D. programs.

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:

GradCatalyst - MIT Office of Graduate Education Diversity Initiatives
Tuesday, April 24 at 12 PM EST | Thursday, April 26 at 5 PM EST
GradCatalyst is an interactive workshop that covers the unwritten rules to preparing for, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school. Sessions are led by current MIT graduate students and MIT alumni in various schools across the country.

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:

Bill Anderson Fund - BAF Fellows
The William Averette Anderson Fund was created to expand advanced studies in the field of Disaster and Hazard Research and Mitigation within minority communities with the initial focus on increasing the number of African American scientists, practitioners, and policymakers. BAF Fellows are students in the fields of hazard and disaster research who would provide input about how best to assist them in achieving their goals of completing their degrees, searching for funding, developing mentoring relationships and providing links to career opportunities. Applicants should be African American and other historically underrepresented groups in the field of Hazards and Disaster Research and Mitigation, or from a community disproportionately affected by hazards or disasters. Individuals should also be newly enrolled in PhD programs or those who are in and/or finishing the first year in their PhD programs. The application deadline for new Fellows is September 15, 2018.

Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) – Extensive Study program at The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis
OGR is an NHGRI funded post-baccalaureate program (, committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students who pursue PhD’s in genomics and related fields. Our postbac includes research and enrichment activities such as GRE and graduate school preparation. Areas of research that our students have pursued as a part of OGR include: genomics, bioinformatics, cancer biology, microbiology, developmental biology, cell biology and physiology. Candidates can interview with several faculty via phone or Skype prior to choosing a mentor. We’re also happy to connect students to program alumni who are currently matriculating in our PhD programs.  The application deadline is May 18, 2018; program dates August 8, 2018 - June 30, 2019. 

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:

The NASA Postdoctoral Program
Application deadlines: July 1, 2018 and 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.

Non-Academic Research Internships Graduate Students (INTERN)
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018 to be considered for FY 2018
INTERN, supported by NSF grants, will provide graduate students opportunities to develop skills that prepare them to be successful for a broad range of academic and non-academic career paths. In addition to deep and broad preparation in their technical areas of expertise, skills and knowledge regarding communication, innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and management, policy and outreach are becoming increasingly valuable to enter any sector of the workforce.
NSF will provide support for supplements to current NSF grants awarded by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Directorate for Engineering (ENG), and Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), to enhance professional development opportunities for graduate students as described below. Supplements to existing NSF awards will enable the PIs of grants to request up to six months of additional support for graduate students to pursue new activities aimed at acquiring professional development experience that will enhance their preparation for multiple career pathways after graduation.


SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase: Science and Engineering for Social Good
Program Dates: June 3-5, 2018
Location: Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) is joining Stony Brook University to host the SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase. The Conference is part of a broader effort to build partnerships advancing collaborative research, education, and professional development projects that will solidify SUNY’s leadership role in advancing science and engineering that supports social good at the local, statewide, national, and global level. Conference themes include, but are not limited to, the following areas of critical civic and social importance: energy and environment, health, broadening participation in STEM (human resource development), education and the technological workforce), integrating STEM and the arts and humanities, infrastructure development, technology and security, social media, and data science. Special attention will be given to efforts that achieve synergy across sectors (academia, industry, government and NGO’s) and across lines of inquiry (research, education, policy, and project development).