Doctoral Scholars Program

The VCU Graduate School has partnered with the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program to provide support services to underrepresented minority students seeking their Ph.D. and plan to become college or university professors. Preference will be given to STEM disciplines. The Institutional Award is for scholars who are within the first year of their Ph.D. program or are expecting admission before the fall semester begins. The Institutional Award offers three years of program support. In addition, the award provides professional development support and covers expenses associated with attending the Compact for Faculty Diversity Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

For the first two years, the Graduate School will pay university tuition only (not fees), $25,000 stipend support and administrative cost. In the student’s third year, school/department will pay university tuition, stipend support for each student commensurate with similar fields who are at the same level and administrative cost. The school/department will pay the university fees for this Institutional Award. 

The VCU Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Doctoral Scholars Program, Institutional Award.  Deadline Date: March 12, 2021 

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered, applicants must meet these requirements.

  • The University will implement an inclusive and holistic approach to its implementation of this program consistent with its overall approach to diversity; University will include in its outreach underrepresented candidates representing racial, ethnic, and economic diversity, age, gender, LGBTQ status, national origin, disability status, as well as veterans and first generation college-educated.
  • Must be accepted into campus-based Ph.D. program.
  • Must hold (or will receive) a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the beginning of the fall semester of the year of the application. The program particularly encourages applicants who seek Ph.D.s in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal permanent resident status.
  • Must not be employed outside of your department or discipline.
  • Must plan to become a full-time college or university faculty member after earning a Ph.D.


Please complete the Google Form application.

  • One or two-page letter of interest (including statement of teaching goals)
  • Transmittal letter of recommendation from the graduate program director, department chair or associate dean of graduate education. (May be included in the application materials section or submitted to to be attached to the completed application) 

o Include department, discipline, or major field of study

o Include Area of specialization

Please note that applications will also be reviewed based on letters of recommendation submitted with the graduate admissions application. If you have any questions, please call Melissa Tyler at 828-2261.

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