Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Programs

National Action Council For Minorities In Engineering


Cornell Engineering StudentThe purpose of the Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Scholarship Programs is to assist efforts to diversify the U.S., Ph.D. degree-holding workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented doctoral students in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially in fields where national trends document persistent underrepresentation. A secondary aim is to change the demographics of STEM faculty in U.S. colleges and universities by paying special attention to the preparation of doctoral students from underrepresented minorities (URM) for careers in academia.

The Alfred P. Foundation partners with select universities that have proven track records of successfully recruiting and graduating minority Ph.D. candidates in STEM fields. Funds provide fellowship to minority students, allowing successful degree programs to enroll, train, and eventually graduate more students than would otherwise be possible.

The Foundation's programs are managed by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc. (NACME), since 2001 and has two components, the MPHD and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) Programs. Since its establishment in 1995, the program has provided direct support to over 2,500 minority Ph.D. students in these fields.

Minority Ph.D. Program (MPHD)

The MPHD component offers substantial scholarship support to underrepresented minority students who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, natural science and mathematics at approved university departments at current University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs).

Prospective Scholars

You already know how important graduate school is to expanding your career opportunities. Obtaining a Ph.D. not only broadens and deepens your intellect, but it prepares you for top positions both in academia and industry.
But, choosing where you study for your graduate degree is as important as choosing to pursue one.

The UCEMs participating in the Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program were selected because they have demonstrated a commitment to educating African American, American Indian, and Latino leaders. Each has a track record of preparing women and men from historically underrepresented groups for leadership in engineering and technology, mathematics and science-based disciplines.

How to Apply

We encourage you to survey the universities supported by Sloan in your discipline. First, apply for admission to one of those universities. Then, contact the Sloan Program Director about applying to become a candidate for a Sloan Scholarship. Scholars are selected based on their application, faculty recommendation, appropriate field of study, and financial need.

If selected as a Sloan Scholar, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the UCEMs work together to guarantee you financial support as long as you are making satisfactory progress toward your degree. Beyond the monetary assistance, you receive the mentoring and guidance that often spells the difference between beginning and completing a degree.

Current Sloan scholars:

Below are the forms for current Sloan MPHD scholars awarded in 2012-13 and prior years.
MPHD Payment Request
MPHD Professional Travel Request
MPHD Academic Report
Graduate Contact Sheet

Below are the forms for current Sloan UCEM scholars awarded in 2013-14 and later years.
UCEM Spending Plan
UCEM Academic Report
UCEM Expenditure Report
Graduate Contact Sheet

UCEM Logos

Cornell University
Georgia Tech
The University of Iowa
University of South Florida

Schools & Disciplines

The following University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring are currently funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Program Director


Eligible Fields of Study


Cornell University

Dr. Alan T. Zehnder


Sara Xayarath Hernandez

Associate Dean for Engineering Diversity Programs

Director Diversity Programs in Engineering

Agricultural & Life Sciences

Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin

Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering


Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Fred S. Cannon



Dr. Stephanie D. Preston

Professor, Environmental Engineering


Senior Director
Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs

Agricultural Sciences
Earth & Mineral Sciences
Information Sciences and Technology
Human Development
Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs

University of Iowa

Dr. Phil Kutzko



Dr. Colleen Mitchell

Professor, Department of Mathematics


Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

STEM fields


University of South Florida

Dr. Jose Zayas-Castro


Mr. Bernard Batson

Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering


Director, Diversity Programs
College of Engineering

Marine Sciences

Programs of Exemplary Mentoring

The Foundation has approved grants to the following PEMs to catalyze programs and through their example, these institutions will increase activity and success in the recruitment and retention of URM doctoral students.

Arizona State University
Michigan State University
Purdue University
Texas A & M University
University of Arizona
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Michigan
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio

MPHD Legacy Programs

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has supported URM Ph.D. scholars at selected university departments between 1995 and 2012. These departments have been granted Legacy status. Designation as a Sloan Legacy Program for institutions without a UCEM or PEM award will continue until June 2017.

How Universities Can Become Part of the Ph.D. component of the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program

The Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program is currently fully subscribed and is not accepting new applications to participate at this time.

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