Interested in graduate school?
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 (email@example.com). 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.
Additional funding opportunities:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb 9, 2015
Provides Graduate Research Fellowships in the amount of $6,000 to supplement and enhance basic graduate support. Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizen; full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions (Va Tech, UVa, Old Dominion, William and Mary, Hampton); graduate date no sooner than May, 2016; may apply prior to entering graduate program; must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM and supporting NASA’s mission; minimum 3.0 GPA. Dowload flyer here.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2015
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.
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:
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.
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.