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.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Opportunities:

Clemson University Bridge to Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Program (CUBD)

The National Science Foundations’ Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program has awarded $1 million to establish the inaugural Clemson University Bridge to Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Program (CUBD). Through this funding, along with additional resources provided by the University, full financial support will be provided to a cohort of 12 incoming underrepresented Ph.D. students enrolled in select programs in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS) or the College of Science.

The Bridge to Doctorate Scholars will pursue their PhD in one of twelve departments in two Colleges. The unifying theme of the research will be a focus on advanced materials. The selected scholars will receive a stipend of $ 32,000 per year for five years and the tuition will be fully paid. Additional details are in the attached brochure and at: Questions, contact CUBD at

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.

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.

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.

Graduate Level Professional Development Opportunities:

Future Faculty Career Exploration Program
Program Dates: September 21 – 24, 2022
Application Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2022
The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is a rigorous four-day program designed for historically underrepresented scholars of color to experience a "behind the scenes" glimpse into life as a faculty member here at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Participants will have the opportunity to engage with RIT's diverse administration, faculty, and students while on campus. The program offers additional opportunities to enhance interview skills, practice job-talk presentations, and explore the research, teaching, and service expectations of RIT Faculty members.

This competitive, nation-wide search welcomes scholars from all disciplines offered at RIT. We encourage you to explore our colleges and departments to see how your research or artistic endeavors best align with the RIT vision of engagement and innovation. If chosen to participate, RIT will cover your transportation, lodging, and meals for the duration of the program. The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is considered a best practice, and was one of the first faculty diversity and recruitment programs in the nation. Our longstanding history is due to the continuous institutional support of the President and Provost, and the divisions of Academic Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion. The application can be accessed here. Please contact Marie Gillum, Assistant Director for Faculty Diversity and Recruitment, at