University of Virginia
University of Virginia


Interested in 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.


Apply to graduate school at U.Va.:

VA-NC Alliance students applying to graduate school at the University of Virginia may submit a request by email to the Office of Graduate Student Diversity Programs for a fee waiver. Please mention in your request that you are an Alliance student and email it to Dr. Phil Trella ( Following approval of your request, Dr. Trella will provide you with a code to you to include on your application.

Bridge to the Doctorate:

Alliance students are eligible to apply for Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) programs which provide up to two years of funding for graduate school.  Conduct regular internet searches to identify new BD sites funded by the National Science Foundation. Click here for a report on the National Science Foundation's 2010-2011 Bridge to the Doctorate program. Sites that are anticipated to sponsor a new cohort of BD students are listed below. Check the links periodically for updated information on application procedures and deadlines. **Many of the following BD sites have rolling admissions and will accept applications until the position(s) are filled. Students are therefore encouraged to contact the program directors even if you have missed the deadline.

Current BD programs:


Bridge to Doctorate Program, Binghamton University, Binghamton New York


Program provides: $30,000 stipend annually for first two years; tuition, fees and student health insurance waver for first two years; level funding in years 3, 4, &5 if qualified to advance to PhD; faculty mentoring; participation in professional conferences and meetings; links to research and professional opportunities; enriched academic services and support. Eligibility Requirements: Participation in a LSAMP program during undergrad; bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline with a 3.0 GPA or better; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; acceptance into a STEM graduate program at Binghamton University; desire to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline.


Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, University of Texas, Arlington

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until filled (12 total fellowships)

LSAMP-BD fellows receive a $30,000 stipend each year for two years as long as the program goals are met. Program provides: funding for tuition and fees, student health insurance, research supplies, and travel to professional conferences to present research results; intensive mentoring and academic support to assist them with the successful completion of their graduate studies. Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; preference will be given to a member of an underrepresented minority group; must be admitted to UT Arlington in a STEM BS to Ph.D. or Ph.D. program in fall 2014 or spring 2015; provide evidence of participation in an LSAMP undergraduate program; have a strong commitment to pursuing and competing a Ph.D. degree; satisfactory GPA.


Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison


The WiscAMP-BD program will provide generous support for LSAMP-eligible students who have completed their STEM bachelor degrees at an LSAMP institution within the last 2 years. WiscAMP-BD students will be part of a diverse community of graduate research scholars in STEM, receive individualized faculty mentoring, and have access to ongoing academic and career development resources.


In order to apply for the award, students must first be accepted into a graduate program in STEM at UW-Madison and complete the attached BD application form. The graduate school deadline for application varies according to department and program. LSAMP-eligible students who will be ready to begin their graduate school studies in fall 2015 should apply now to ensure timely consideration and admission into the graduate program of their choice. There are over 50 STEM graduate programs at UW-Madison that students can apply to and qualify for WiscAMP-BD support. If students have questions about which program(s) they should apply to, please contact the Kelly Burton ( with questions about physical and engineering disciplines and Abbey Thompson ( with questions about biological and natural science disciplines. Download application here.


Bridge to the Doctorate NSF Fellowship Program, University of California, Irvine


Beginning Fall 2015, the UCI-BD will support 12 newly enrolled Ph.D. students during their first two years of doctoral studies. The cohort will receive guaranteed support for an additional three years, contingent upon satisfactory progress in their degree programs. Eligibility requirements: verified participation in CAMP or LSAMP undergraduate program, bachelor’s degree in any STEM field, minimum 3.0 GPA, admitted to UCI STEM Ph.D. program, U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Download application here.


Vanderbilt University Bridge to the Doctorate Program


Program provides: tuition and a stipend for the completion of a master’s degree; customized curriculum; research training; one-on-one mentoring. Vanderbilt offers a full range of doctoral programs in engineering and science fields. Eligibility requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; baccalaureate degree earned or to be earned from an LSAMP institution; undergraduate major in science or engineering discipline; commitment to the pursuit of the Ph.D. in biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering or  physics and astronomy.


Delaware State University Bridge to Doctorate Program


Program provides: student stipends of $30,000 annually; tuition and fees paid and enrollment in a health insurance benefit program; individualized faculty mentoring and coaching; participation in professional conferences and meetings; links to research and professional opportunities; enriched academic services and support. Eligibility Requirements: Students must have participated in an LSAMP Program as an undergraduate; have obtained a degree in a STEM discipline from an LSAMP institution by May 2015; have not yet begun graduate studies; pursue a Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline at DSU and continue into PhD studies; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 3.0 GPA. Download flyer here.


Previously funded BD programs:

Additional funding opportunities:


DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program


Program provides: Supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period ranging from 3 to 12 months. Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizen at the time of application; at least 18 years of age at the time of application; enrolled full-time in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective; must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution; must have established a defined graduate thesis project and graduate thesis advisor; must be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or select areas of environmental sciences at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or its territories.


Opportunities in Genomics Research Extensive Research Program at Washington University


Aug 3 - Jun 30, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri

Program provides: research experience as part of a lab team led by one of many renowned scientists at Washington University School of Medicine; enrichment activities such as: journal club, career counseling and workshops, presentation and writing skill help sessions, and GRE preparation; competitive postbaccalaureate salaries. Eligibility Requirements: must have completed a BS within two years of application; competitive GPA; US Citizen or Permanent Resident; STEM major (some exceptions). Dowload flyer here.


Ford Foundation Fellowship


Pathways to Science graduate school opportunities


Presidential Management Fellowsin 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.



Postdoc funding opportunities:


Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Award provides $50,000 over three years to support the development of an underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellow conducting biomedical or medical research at a degree-granting institution. Check eligibility requirements and apply online.


Pathways to Science postdoc opportunities


Graduate school preparation retreats:

Graduate school preparation retreats are held annually at VA-NC Alliance's partner institutions.Workshop topics include: completing the graduate application, writing a personal statement, securing letters of recommendation, and exploring funding opportunities. By participating in these workshops, students develop a better understanding of the graduate school application process and they have the opportunity to complete at least one graduate school application.