Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program

Funding Agency:
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program (GDEP) provides $5,000 over two years to support underrepresented Ph.D. candidates enrolled in a North Carolina university and conducting biomedical research.  The opportunity is designed to provide enrichment support for student success.

To address access to enrichment opportunities and supporting resources, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund is piloting a second cycle of the Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program (GDEP) in 2019.  The Fund is committed to funding the next generation of scientists and researchers and seeks to support PhD students in increasing diversity in science.  The primary goal of GDEP is to enhance the graduate student experience and provide early exposure to various professional environments and networks for which future research and/or professoriate opportunities might manifest.

Funds will support the following:

  • Activities for the graduate student to travel and participate in or present at conferences, workshops, courses, and training.
  • Costs associated with the purchase of equipment, materials, and supplies related to their research, presentation, short course enrollment, workshops, and training.
  • Participation in a peer network system of diversity and/or underrepresented graduate students.

Deadline: July 2, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program Award:

  • Must be a graduate Ph.D. student enrolled at a North Carolina Institution of Higher Education (public or private) and within their 2nd to 5th year of studies at the time of application.
  • Must be post preliminary/qualifying exams at the time of application
  • Must be nominated by a graduate advisor at the nominating institution. Applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution.
  • Must be underrepresented minority (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) 

If an institutional commitment by Duke University or a Duke University institutional signature is required for your application, the application must be reviewed by the Office of Research Administration (for School of Medicine and School of Nursing) or Office of Research Support (Campus Schools and Centers).



Funding Type



African American
Grad/Prof Students
Minorities encouraged
Native American
Women of Color


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 2, 2019