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-achieving scholars from underrepresented groups.

Grantmaking is divided into two subprograms:

Sloan Minority Ph.D. program (MPHD) aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who graduate from Ph.D. programs in STEM fields through the support of a select number of University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs). UCEMS are campus-based initiatives that provide scholarships, mentoring, and other professional support to minority graduate students in STEM.

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 addition, this program makes a number of grants supporting select initiatives that promote the education and professional advancement of women and underrepresented minorities within STEM fields in academe.

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