Diversity Resources

The scientific community seeks to actively develop a diverse group of talented professionals to maximally capture the tremendous talent that exist across our societal space. Inclusive excellence attained through capture of diverse talent in the scientific workforce is critical to maximizing our achievements in science. Our greatest discoveries come from optimally leveraging a diverse set of perspectives engaged to solve problems.

There are numerous funding and training opportunities that support the success of scientists from groups currently underrepresented in the STEM workforce.


Biomedical Scholars Association
The goals of the Biomedical Scholars Association are to provide academic support, academic advising, social support, networking opportunities and professional development to all members. We aim to create meaningful change both within and outside the Hopkins community. Our commitment to diversity includes fostering cultural understanding amongst our members and the population at large.

Hopkins UMB SACNAS chapter
The Hopkins-UMB SACNAS group is dedicated to building a support community for the currently underrepresented Hispanic/Chicano and Native American STEM students at both schools by promoting professional development and engagement in scientific research.

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
$60K support over three years to support career development activities of underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows. This is not a research grant.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships
One-year stipend support at $45K, Ford Fellows conference and access to Ford Fellow alumni network

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray Fellowship
Two to four-year support at $60K salary plus $20K expense allowance

William T Grant Scholars Program
Five-year support for research on programs, policies or practices that reduces inequality in youth outcomes or strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

PhD Funding Opportunities

Alfred P Sloan Minority PhD scholarships
Sponsored by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), the Alfred P. Sloan Minority PhD Scholarships are gifted for underrepresented doctoral students pursuing a major related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
Valued at $24,000, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships provide three-year doctoral grants to minorities who are currently engaged in pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD) degree. Eligible recipients must be U.S. citizens or green card holders, enroll in a research-based program at a non-profit U.S. institution, have superior academic achievement, and be committed to a career in teaching or research at the university level.

UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Merck Science Initiative offers at least 12 dissertation fellowships for $53,000 annually to African American PhD students enrolled full-time with a major in any life science, physical science, or engineering discipline. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, attend a regionally accredited institution, have completed all doctoral qualifying exams, exhibit outstanding academic ability, and be within one to three years of completing dissertation research.

ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship
Fellowships, a 5-year program to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science. Specifically targeted at women or students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field, the program is open to students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world.

Postdoctoral positions with a goal of transitioning to academic faculty positions

Binghamton University Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship
Two-year appointment at $50K with $13K allowance for research and travel

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
Includes University Michigan, University of Colorado, University of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon, and more institutions across US. 75% of previous fellows have received faculty positions.

Brown University Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research University Alliance (RUA) is made up of a nine-university partnership that includes Berkeley, Caltech, Georgia Tech, Harvard, UCLA, University of Michigan, Stanford, University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington. RUA’s goal is to diversify the future professoriate nationally by creating robust professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Prioritized discipline includes mathematics, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Vanderbilt Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship
Three-year term at $60K stipend with travel and research funds

University of Pennsylvania Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity
Three-year appointment at $50K plus $2K travel funds $5K research funds and $5K relocation expenses

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity
Two-Year appointment at $47,476 stipend and research funds.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship Program STEM
$47,476K stipend, $3,000 research funds and $2,000 relocation expense

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoc and Dissertation Fellowships
Liberal Arts Teaching Faculty position. The pay is equivalent to first year lecturer position, teach one semester long course, attend departmental seminars and engage with students. Postdoctoral fellowships are also available that provide salary equivalent to first year faculty member. Postdocs are required to teach 60% of faculty course load.

Northeastern University Future Faculty Fellowships
12-month appointment $50K plus $5K for travel and professional development

Harvard Medical School Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
NIH recommended stipend plus $1,250 for professional development

Fellowship Opportunities - Non-Academic Careers

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellowships
Fellows work on legislative and public policy issues | 20-month program | $40K with benefits

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Initiative
Nine-month fellowship to work on STEM or health policy initiatives with congressional offices, federal agencies or the White House.