Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Graduate School

Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) will start in Fall 2019. Individuals will receive a stipend and the cost of education allowance. A three-week residential transition program and mentoring institute will be provided. 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. 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

Other Bridge to the Doctorate Funding Opportunities:

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, Fresno State
Application Deadline (fall 2019 Cohort): April 12, 2019
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, Boise State University
Overview: LSAMP Bridges to the Doctorate: Pacific Northwest (PNW) Graduate Fellows Program are seeking applications from students motivated to pursue a STEM graduate degree. Located in Idaho’s capital city, Boise State University has a growing research agenda and plays a crucial role in the region’s knowledge economy and famed quality of life. All programs are distinguished by outstanding faculty, resources that foster interdisciplinary study, and cutting edge research that provides students the skills to solve global challenges.
Recipients of this PNW Graduate Fellows program will receive: 2 years of fellowship funding, plus 3 additional years creating a 5-year full funding package for their PhD studies; • tuition, fees, health insurance, and a $32,000 stipend annually*; travel funding to national conferences; professional and career development support; faculty advising and a mentoring support network.
Applicants must be admitted to a Boise State STEM M.S. or Ph.D. program for fall 2019. Individuals must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or permanent resident, and provide evidence of participation in LSAMP programs from the LSAMP Director/Coordinator at undergraduate institution. Boise State’s graduate application may be found at Deadlines for STEM graduate programs are available at *If program does not receive NSF funding, Boise State is still committed to supporting this cohort. Without NSF funding, stipends will be in line with the current supported stipends at Boise State (a minimum of $15K with averages for STEM fields in the mid $20k range per year) with full tuition paid.

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, Howard University
The Washington Baltimore Hampton Roads (WBHR) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship (LSAMP-BD) program, with generous funding from the National Science Foundation aims to recruit, retain, and graduate increased numbers of under-represented minority STEM (science, technology, engineering,and mathematics) professionals. Fellows receive intensive mentoring and academic support to assist them with the successful completion of their graduate studies. Once the initial two-year LSAMP-BD funding has been completed with satisfactory progress in the program, fellows will receive assistantships and full or partial tuition support by other HU funding mechanisms to ensure their timely graduation. The fellowship includes a $32,000 annual stipend, cost of education allowance, covers travel to professional conferences and research supplies. For more information or details on how to apply, email or call 202.865.8568. Information about graduate admission deadlines may be found at

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:

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:

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.

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.

GAANN Fellowship Opportunity - Computer Science
Overview: The University of Alabama has multiple Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Multiple GAANN Fellowships are available during the Fall 2019 semester for students interested in pursuing a career in research and academics. The one-year, renewable fellowships provide a unique mentored teaching experience and the opportunity to participate as a teaching assistant in a study-abroad course. In addition, GAANN Fellows receive stipends of up to $34,000/yr, depending on financial need.
Eligibility Criteria:
• U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
• Admitted to the chemical engineering doctoral program at UA
• Excellent academic record
• Demonstrated financial need

The graduate application may be found at and computer science research opportunities at For additional information contact Dr. Jeffrey Carver ( or Dr. Travis Atkison (

GAANN Fellowship Opportunity - Chemical and Biological Engineering
Overview: The University of Alabama has multiple Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Multiple GAANN Fellowships are available during the Fall 2019 semester for students interested in pursuing a career in research and academics. The one-year, renewable fellowships provide a unique mentored teaching experience and the opportunity to participate as a teaching assistant in a study-abroad course. In addition, GAANN Fellows receive stipends of up to $34,000/yr, depending on financial need.
Eligibility Criteria:
• U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
• Admitted to the chemical engineering doctoral program at UA
• Excellent academic record
• Demonstrated financial need

The graduate application may be found at and chemical engineering research opportunities at For additional information contact Dr. Heath Turner (

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: Various deadlines – at 5:00 p.m. local time
Overview: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Postdoc Funding Opportunities:

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadlines:
July 1, 2019 | November 1, 2019
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.

Conferences and Learning Opportunities:

The GABBR LSAMP, Makers S-STEM, and HBCU-UP Joint Annual Research Conference
Date: April 6, 2019
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center - Tuskegee University
Overview: A joint research conference and graduate school recruitment fair held on the campus of Tuskegee University. Students can meet with recruiters from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Individuals should contact Mohammed Qazi at 334.728.2773 or for more details.

Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD)
Application Deadline: April 14 - 17, 2019
Location: Washington, DC (Marriott - Crystal City)
Overview: Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) is a collaborative effort of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND), and the ASEE Women in Engineering Division (WIED), NAMEPA (National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates), and WEPAN (Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network).
Conference registration will open in December 2018.
CoNECD is seeking abstract submissions that include both researchers seeking peer-reviewed conference papers as well as practitioners who wish to submit a presentation (e.g. Powerpoint) associated with a successful practice. Abstracts submissions are open until October 1, 2018. Submission information can be found at - Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Outreach, mentoring and recruitment of diverse K-12 students
• Mentoring, innovative recruitment and retention programs, and assessment of diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students
• Mentoring, recruitment, retention, leadership and professional development activities for diverse faculty, administrators and professionals in the engineering/computing workforce
(including work/life balance and dual-career issues, listening and negotiation, workplace climate, and innovative programs supporting diversity and inclusion)
• Company/university programs, policies or reviews that impact particular diverse groups (e.g. Title IX, transgender policies, veteran integration into academic institutions) including, for example, military experience to academic recognition
• Transformative research that informs the development of impactful and forward-thinking programs and policies on issues such as intersectionality of race and gender
• Integration of social justice into curricular and co-curricular activities
• Innovative curricular issues including inclusive pedagogies
• Managing identity across a global landscape in K-12 outreach, recruitment, retention, and academic success strategies
• The importance of cultural relevance and history in expanding the curriculum, pedagogy, classroom design, and worker spaces in academia and corporate settings
• Understanding inclusion, equity, access, and diversity in the effort to broaden participation, transform institutional leadership and promote student-centered success strategies in academia
• Unleashing the invisible factors of human potential to innovate, explore the unknown and develop community centered solutions to address diversity, inclusion, and access in industry and academia

Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference
Program Dates: April 11 - 13, 2019
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Overview: The FWCA conference offers women of color faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country. The two-day conference features prominent women of color scholars as keynote speakers, panelists, performers, and workshop facilitators. Individuals can register online at