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.

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 Opportunities:

Partial List of current and past BD Programs
Map of current 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 Previews:

TigerView 2020 Program - University of Missouri
Application Deadline: Priority deadline July 24th. Deadline 11:59 PM (Central Time), July 31st, 2020.
Program Dates: October 4th - 7th, 2020
Overview: TigerView Program at the University of Missouri (MU) is designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who actively pursue a graduate degree. The Graduate School pays all costs associated with official events of the visit (i.e., travel, lodging, tours, and meals in Columbia). Participation in the program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate degree program in which one is interested. The program starts on the evening of October 4th, followed by two days of programming, and the return home on October 7th, 2020. MU offers 151 graduate degree programs, more than 60 graduate student organizations, and over 70 research, centers, institutes, and core facilities to support your graduate education. MU also promotes students’ growth through professional development series, gradESSENTIALS, and personal support through the Center for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education.

Summer Horizons Program - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Program Date: July 10, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Overview: UMBC will host the annual Summer Horizons program for undergraduate students and others who are interested in learning more about graduate school admission, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The (free) morning workshop will feature sessions on the application timeline, what is considered a strong application and why should you consider graduate school. There will be a panel hosted by current graduate students, and the keynote speaker will be the President of UMBC, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (watch 2013 TED Talk). Summer Horizons is co-sponsored by PROMISE AGEP and the Meyerhoff Graduate Biomedical Fellows Program.

Graduate School Opportunities:

LSU Department of Chemistry Seeking Applicants for Graduate Program
Priority Deadline: July 15, 2020
Overview: The Louisiana State University (LSU) chemistry department seeks applicants for its graduate programs. LSU has an outstanding reputation with regard to the production of minorities (#1 in the country) and women (#1 in percentage of women who receive PhDs). Visit to learn more and start the application process. Download the recruitment letter and additional details.

Additional Graduate Funding Opportunities:

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.

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