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The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) is committed to increasing the representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in American business schools and corporate management.

Management Leaders for Tomorrow (MLT)

MLT's distinctive model provides know-how, navigation systems and network to ensure talented underrepresented minorities are able to get on and stay on the path to senior leadership.




Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) empowers talented underserved and underrepresented future educators to teach and serve as leaders in American education because diversity is essential to excellence. 

Government and Public Policy


Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.


Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internship program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process. Interns work in Congressional Black Caucus member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. Housing and a stipend are provided. This program is offered every summer. Recent graduates are eligible as long as they have not yet started post-graduate studies and have graduated no more than a year from the internship program start date.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute provides promising Latino undergraduate students experience of what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.


Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Summer Internship Program is an eight-week program that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work in Washington. D.C., and experience American politics and public policy. APAICS interns are placed in U.S. congressional offices and federal agencies. The program develops leadership and professional skills, encourages political and civic engagement, and fosters a strong interest in public service careers.



Humanities & Social Sciences

Purdue University: Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) The Purdue SROP has the goal of enhancing diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. It is our aim to encourage talented undergraduate students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers to pursue graduate education, and to enhance their preparation for graduate study. This program involves intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.. Application deadline early March.


Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI) This is a week-long program at the flagship New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. REDI is designed to encourage current students and recent graduates from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider graduate study in Literatures in English. At REDI, students will learn about the different subfields in English and American literature, and emerging fields and approaches, from Rutgers University faculty who are at the vanguard of these developments. Application deadline early March.


University of Maryland College Park: Summer Research Initiative (SRI) Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of nine academic departments that include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government and Politics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology. The program will also supplement student’s research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in University on-campus housing and a stipend of $2,700. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early February.


University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is committed to increasing diversity, gaining research experience, and pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Students design and conduct research projects, interact with faculty mentors, and receive GRE-preparatory courses during the summer program. Application deadline early February.


University of Texas at Austin: Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Each year the Population Research Center at UTA, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, hosts the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This eight-week summer program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, offers eight very selective upper-division undergraduate students from both UT-Austin and from around the country the opportunity to study social demography through course work and a mentored research experience with senior PRC graduate students. The program pays for tuition, room and board, and computer expenses. Students also receive a stipend for participation in the program, which allows the selected students to fully concentrate on their REU experience over the 2-month program.


Multiple Disciplines:

The Leadership Alliance offers summer research experiences in all academic disciplines. SR-EIP participants are engaged in scholarly research projects at 21 member institutions and one corporate partner. Programs involve weekly seminars and regularly scheduled field trips and social and cultural activities. The institutions set high standards and offer outstanding, closely mentored research experiences. With one common application, students can apply to up to three of 22 program sites. Interested students should review these research areas carefully and make selections that best match their own interests and experience with the selected institutions’ programs. Program runs for 10 weeks. Application deadline early February.


Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program provides sophomores and juniors an opportunity for direct involvement in research. Each student who is selected to participate in the program will work with a faculty member in the student’s area of interest on an individual or ongoing research project. The student will present their project at a research forum at the end of the program. Each student chosen to participate in the SROP will receive a $4000 stipend, access to $500 for research supplies, round-trip airfare, housing and a campus meal subsidy of $450. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early February.


University of California Berkeley: Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) The SROP program offers research experience through mentorship with faculty or advanced graduate students for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (not graduating in the summer or spring, except UC Berkeley students). It is an eight-week program that offers a summer stipend, travel expenses and GRE preparation. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early February.


University of California Irvine: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) UCI’s unique Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate diversity students with outstanding academic potential an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The program provides students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree and enter academic careers with the tools needed to facilitate the application, admission, and enrollment process for graduate school. The program is open to virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, education, humanities, social sciences, social ecology, biological sciences, engineering, computer science, physical science, etc.). Please visit the program website for more information. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early February.


University of Michigan: Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) The SROP program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research across a variety of disciplines. SROP allows undergraduates the opportunity to work on graduate level research projects with faculty. Students work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Students participating in the 4-week program will receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses, room and board in University on-campus housing, GRE preparation, access to campus facilities, and a fee waiver to apply to a future Rackham Graduate School doctoral program.  Application deadline: early February.




Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.   SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions.  SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.


MIT Summer Research Program MSRP facilitates the involvement of talented undergraduate students in research aspects of the fields of engineering and science-particularly those who are underrepresented in these fields. This summer program seeks to identify talented college sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors from around the country who could benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. The program features supervision by an MIT faculty member and postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student; weekly seminars/workshops; preparation and delivery of a research poster and paper; individual counseling on academic careers; hands-on training in active, “real-world” laboratories; and participation in social and cultural activities in the area. Application deadline late January.


Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy has a longstanding tradition of training undergraduates in the biomedical Sciences through summer research programs. In 2003, the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) established the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) to bring together all undergraduates conducting biomedical research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. We host approximately 70 students each summer from institutions across the country.


CalTech MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowship The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided. Application deadline early January.


Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico trains up to 10 undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of a University of NM faculty mentor from Biology and/or Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer program includes a seminar series, journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, ethics training, and field trips. Students will conduct independent research on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and present results at a research symposium at the end of the summer. The program includes faculty mentors in ecology, evolution, behavior, geology, and meteorology. Working at the LTER site invites close interactions among students, faculty, and graduate students. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. Lodging and laboratory space for REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST. Students must be U.S. Citizens. Application deadline early April.


Yale University: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship The SURF Program is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue research careers at the Ph.D. level. The program is particularly interested in identifying and providing research experience to talented underrepresented minority students. Application Deadline early February.


National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Medical and Dental School


Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

The SMDEP program offers students a variety of academic and career experiences that will support their dental and medical school career preparation. All the housing costs and most meals are covered by the program. Scholars are provided with a $600 stipend which is typically distributed at the midway and at the end of the program. Some program sites offer travel assistance awards. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also provides a needs-based scholarship for travel to and from the program site.


Carnegie Post-Baccalaureate Research Program Fellows receive support and training to develop a range of professional skills in the areas of education systems, networked improvement science, writing, research, public speaking and group facilitation, and work and project management. Fellows are also exposed to the deep expertise and large professional network of Foundation staff. Fellows report to a mentor who also manages their day-to-day work. Mentors provide professional coaching and guidance as well as feedback for professional growth and development. Additionally, all fellows are supervised by the Fellowship Director.


The Princeton Emerging Scholars in Political Science Program aims to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in political science. The ESPS program provides students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to explore their research interests and prepare for graduate school through intensive research, coursework, and mentoring.


The Yale Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a NIH-funded internship program for recent bachelor’s degree recipients to gain the research skills and academic credentials to become competitive applicants to, and successful students in, highly selective doctoral programs. PREP students conduct independent laboratory research under supervision of a faculty mentor, who is selected from among 350 faculty members in the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) at Yale. PREP students also take Yale courses and participate in program-specific seminars and workshops as well as institutional training activities with beginning graduate students in the BBS. All PREP students are expected to apply to Ph.D. programs for admission to begin graduate study following successful completion of the internship.