For Prospective Students

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia is pausing applications for the upcoming application cycle




No application fee or standardized test scores are required

Statement of Purpose

Applicants must submit a statement of purpose describing their motivation to undertake graduate study in the proposed field, what experiences thus far have sparked that interest, and any specific training that they hope to receive during the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship. If the scholarship or research of a particular faculty member at UVA is of particular interest, the applicant is encouraged to provide that information. This statement should be no longer than 750 words.

Statement of Inclusion

Applicants must submit a separate statement regarding any particular challenges that they have faced in obtaining access to sufficient undergraduate training to support their admission to a graduate program. This statement should reflect upon how the applicant’s participation in this program would advance the inclusion of underrepresented populations in the academy and research sectors. This statement should be no longer than 750 words.

Letters of Reference

Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty who have a strong sense of the applicant’s goals and capabilities.


Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts of their entire post-secondary academic record to the online application, including all undergraduate coursework and any graduate-level coursework. An applicant who is offered admission to the Bridge to the Doctorate program will be asked at that time to provide an official transcript demonstrating conferral of the bachelor’s degree.

Academic Writing Sample

Applicants in the humanities and social sciences must submit an academic writing sample from a course in their proposed field of study.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Admission and Matriculation

Initial admission decisions will be issued on April 1.  Matriculating students should plan to arrive at UVA in mid-July for orientation and summer workshops before the start of classes.


Applicants and faculty mentors who seek additional information regarding this program are welcome to contact the faculty liaison for their specific field of interest listed in the directory on this page, as well as Irtefa Binte-Farid, the Associate Director for Community Development and Recruitment.