University of Virginia
University of Virginia


Apply to graduate school at U.Va.:

VA-NC LSAMP 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 LSAMP student and email it to Dr. Cheryl Apprey ( Following her approval of your request, Dr. Apprey will email a code to you to include on your application.

Bridge to the Doctorate:

LSAMP 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 corresponding links periodically for updated information on application procedures and deadlines.

           Sites with confirmed BD openings:

  Previously funded BD programs:

Graduate school preparation retreats

The Graduate School Preparation Retreat is hosted annually at one of the VA-NC Alliance's partner institutions. Retreat workshops included: completing the graduate application, crafting a personal statement, securing letters of recommendation, and exploring funding opportunities. At the end of this retreat, students develop a better understanding of the graduate school application process, and complete at least one graduate school application. Student feedback from the graduate school preparation retreats: 

      • "I learned a great deal about graduate school and the tasks that should be completed."
      • "I was able to finish my personal statement, so I'm more prepared for graduate school."
      • "I learned a lot, especially about where I stand now and what I need to know."

Additional graduate school funding opportunities:

Postdoc funding opportunities: