Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups

Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and women are underrepresented among M.S. and Ph.D. recipients in the natural sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a trend that continues throughout the academic pipeline–from starting assistant professors to senior academic administrators.  Grantmaking in this Foundation program aims to increase the diversity of higher education in STEM fields through college and university initiatives to support the education and professional advancement of high-quality scholars from underrepresented groups.  Grantmaking is divided into three subprograms.

In the Sloan Minority Ph.D. program (MPHD), the Foundation partners with select faculty, departments, and universities with proven track records of successfully recruiting and graduating minority Ph.D. candidates in STEM fields.  Funds provide fellowships to minority students, allowing successful degree programs to enroll, train, and eventually graduate more students than would otherwise be possible. 

The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) provides fellowships and administrative funding to four regional centers that foster supportive, interconnected communities devoted to successfully matriculating American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

In the Leadership Diversity program, the Foundation supports college and university efforts to promote the effective professional development of women and minority faculty for positions of academic leadership.

The MPHD and SIGP programs are administered by longtime Foundation partner, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), which receives applications, selects students for scholarships, administers awards, and supports recruitment efforts by participating faculty.

This program does not make grants to support projects in public or private schools at the pre-college level.


Program Director:
Elizabeth Boylan Bio