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 corresponding 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:

Previously funded BD programs:

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.


Additional graduate school opportunities:

Postdoc funding opportunities: