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: (School of Engineering & Applied Sciences), (The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences), and (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

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.

All-Nations LSAMP – Bridge to Doctorate Program, University of Idaho
Overview: All-Nations LSAMP – Bridge to Doctorate Program is seeking to fund a cohort of 12 Native American/Alaska Native doctoral students in STEM disciplines to enroll as soon as Fall 2020. Participating students choose their STEM-based field and pair up with professors with matching expertise. Fellows will receive a $32,000 LSAMP stipend for 2 years with additional funding if needed, mentorship, professional development opportunities, STEM Ph.D. program application support, learning community, and pbe part of a cohort of Native American Scholars.  These students and their professors are encouraged to integrate traditional ecological knowledge, an indigenous way of seeing science and the environment, into their studies. If you have any questions please complete the Request for Information form or contact Kate Strum, Director of Graduate Student Support Programs.
Eligibility Criteria:
1. Be/have been a part of their undergraduate LSAMP.
2. Identify as Native American or Alaska Native (this particular BD is more specific than the general LSAMP).
3. Be interested in pursuing a PhD in a STEM program at U of I:  Animal Physiology, Bioinfomatics & Computational Biology, Biological Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Entomology, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geology, Material Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Natural Resources, neuroscience, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Plant Science, Soil & Land Resources, and Water Resources.

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.

Bridge to the Doctorate Program (Garden State LSAMP), Rutgers University - Newark
Applications for Fall 2020 cohort being accepted until February 1, 2020
Overview: The award-winning Garden State LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) will host a National Science Foundation (NSF) Bridge to the Doctorate program at Rutgers University-Newark. The program will support a cohort of twelve (12) graduate students from LSAMP programs around the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs beginning in Fall 2020. This is a unique program that tailors the graduate experience to best suit the goals of the student. Fellows receive a Annual stipend of $32,000 plus tuition for the first 2 years, and continued stipend and tuition support for years 3-through-5 from the academic department. Individuals receive a community of support among local, regional and national B2D Fellows, research assistance from the Garden State LSAMP and participate in annual Garden State LSAMP Alliance Conference and Graduate Showcase.
Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible for the Garden State LSAMP BD fellowship, you must (1) be admitted to a Rutgers University, Newark Ph.D. program for Fall 2020 (2) a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and (3) evidence of participation in an LSAMP program from the Director/Coordinator at an undergraduate institution. For more information please contact Professor Alexander Gates, Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Executive Director, Garden State LSAMP or Dr. Taja-Nia Henderson, Dean of the Graduate School-Newark.

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, University of South Carolina
Applications for Fall 2020 cohort opening Fall 2019
Overview: Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) fellows are committed, mindful learners who are actively engaged in the process to become leaders within the scientific community at the national and global level. This fellowship is designed to establish a bridge to the terminal degree — the PhD — by providing 12 underrepresented minority science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral students with: 1). Tuition and fees paid and enrollment in a health insurance benefit program; 2). Student stipends of $34,000 annually for two years; 3). Individualized faculty mentoring and coaching; 4). Participation in professional conferences and meetings; 5). Links to research and professional opportunities; 6). Enriched academic services and support by staff dedicated to the promotion of future leadership in the scientific enterprise.

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, University of Texas at Dallas
Applications for Fall 2020 cohort are now being accepted
Overview: The University of Texas at Dallas has a new BD program and is recruiting for Fall 2020. UT Dallas offers a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Information about the Biomedical Engineering program can be found at Please contact UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) if you have BD related questions.

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.

Additional Graduate School Opportunities:

IUPUI Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP)

Overview: The Indiana University Purdue University Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP) provides multi-tier support to recent college graduates who are members of underrepresented racial minority or disadvantaged populations, for gaining admissions to Ph.D. programs in biomedical, neuro and behavioral sciences. IPREP is funded through the National Institutes of Health and draws on the programmatic and research strengths of the major health and life sciences campus of IUPUI. Training is provided in addictions neuroscience, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology, human performance and kinesiology, medical neuroscience, basic biomedical sciences (anatomy and cell biology, microbiology and infectious disease, musculoskeletal biology, pharmacology, and physiology) and other areas in biological behavior sciences toward the goal of matriculation into these graduate programs.The long-term goal of IPREP is to improve diversity in the community of graduate students and faculty for these five targeted Ph.D. programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
IPREP fellows receive a twelve-month salary of $29,511 plus health insurance and other program benefits such as conference attendance, while working with an active research faculty mentor in a scientific area relevant to the individual’s career interests. On-line application for the 2020-21 IPREP cohort is available at The early decision option is available and strongly encouraged. For additional information about IPREP, contact or call 317-274-2877. Positions are filled as suitable applications are received, individuals may want to consider applying early. The deadline for applications is March 1st, 2020.

Virginia Tech: National Capital Region Graduate Programs

Virginia Tech Engineering is nationally ranked for research and offers an exceptional graduate experience. When considering program options and research focus, you are encouraged to reach out to faculty members to learn more. Three engineering departments offer master's degree programs at Virginia Tech’s two teaching locations in Old Town Alexandria and at the Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church. They are Computer Science Graduate Programs, Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Programs, Industrial and Systems Extended Campus Graduate Programs.

IPREP Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program
Application will open on November 1st, 2019 and close March 1st, 2020.
Overview: The Indiana University-Purdue University Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP) prepares recent college graduates, who are students from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged populations, for admission to graduate programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. IPREP is funded through the National Institutes of Health and draws on the programmatic and research strengths of the major health and life sciences campus of IUPUI. Training is provided in addictions neuroscience, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology, human performance and kinesiology, medical neuroscience, basic biomedical sciences (anatomy and cell biology, microbiology and infectious disease, musculoskeletal biology, pharmacology, and physiology) and other areas in biological behavior sciences toward the goal of matriculation into these graduate programs.The long-term goal of IPREP is to improve diversity in the community of graduate students and faculty for these five targeted Ph.D. programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Application instructions may be found at -

2019-2020 MIT Grad Catalyst Workshop Registration Form
Overview: Interested in pursuing a graduate education? Consider participating in MIT's interactive webinar providing participants with useful information for applying to and thriving in graduate school. Sessions are open to all students exploring the option of graduate education.
Topics include: Why Graduate School, The Graduate Application Process, Goal Setting, Applying for Summer Research Programs and much more!
Upcoming sessions: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at 6pm EST | Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5pm EST | Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1pm EST | Monday, May 11, 2020 at 4pm EST

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:

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.  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. Use this search tool to find federally funded graduate opportunities.

Graduate STEM Research Fellowships 2020-2021
Deadline: January 31, 2020 at 11:59 P.M.
Overview: Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides $6,000 graduate research fellowships to students majoring in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Fellowships require students to participate in a faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with NASA’s mission. Awardees are required to use $1,000 from the Fellowship to support travel to related conferences and for research-related supplies and materials. Awards are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. Allied Health Science Majors are not eligible for this program.
Eligibility Criteria:
• U.S. citizen
• Graduation date no sooner than May, 2021
• 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 full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech

Postdoc Funding Opportunities:

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadlines:
March 1, 2020, 6:00 PM
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.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. 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. Questions should be sent to
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.

Pathways to Science Postdoc Opportunities
Use this website to find postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.


The 8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference
Program Dates: April 20th - 21st, 2020 in Blacksburg, Virginia
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 for more details.