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 Recruitment Events:

University of Kentucky: Department of Biology Open House
Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky will be holding a virtual open house on Friday, October 29th from 12 PM - 2 PM EST on Zoom. Individuals can register at

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.

Postdoc and Faculty Opportunities:

University of New Hampshire Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars
Application Deadline: November 16, 2021
Overview: The University of New Hampshire invites your application to the Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars. This 2-year postdoctoral appointment will provide opportunities to hone your scholarship in preparation for the professoriate through mentoring, professional development, support funds, a minimum salary of $50,000, and benefits. The flyer link, below, describes the range of professional development experiences and the opportunity to apply for a tenure track faculty opening in the 2nd year. We have 12 postdoctoral openings across five colleges.  View the flyer

NASA Postdoctoral Program
Application Deadline: 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)

Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Mentoring Program
Application Deadline: March 25, 2022
Overview: American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is recruiting for the Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Mentoring Program. FRED provides year-long individualized feedback on grant proposals for senior postdocs and junior faculty from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM or at minority-serving institutions. Both participants and mentors are being recruited for this highly successful program.
The grant also serves senior postdocs and junior faculty at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and other institutions with a strong commitment to recruiting students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM. FRED mentees obtain a mentor who agrees to participate in the program for a year-long mentorship opportunity. Mentors provide grant feedback and much more to contribute to successful grant submission.

Cell Bio Virtual 2021 Attendance and Childcare Grants
Application Deadline: November 26, 2021
Overview: For Cell Bio Virtual 2021 – An ASCB|EMBO Meeting, ASCB is offering both Cell Bio Virtual 2021 Attendance and Childcare Grants. The grants are only available to a US citizen or permanent resident. The grants will be made available to members who fall under NIH’s Interest in Diversity Notice and are underrepresented within the Society. Through its Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) grant, ASCB can offer funding to ensure access to the meeting for undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, and junior faculty who identify as underrepresented minorities (see definition below).* Underrepresented minorities in these career stages, as well as junior faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions or faculty at minority serving institutions in the United States can apply for these grants. Since actual travel is not required to attend the meeting, the grants will provide a waiver for registration and abstract fees.

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.