A.S.P.I.R.E. & R.O.A.D. to PhD

Graduate A.S.P.I.R.E Program

Academic Success Program in Research Empowerment

2017-2018 A.S.P.I.R.E. students at the End of the Year Banquet.

Applications for Spring 2019 Due December 1st.   

Program Brochure

To apply, please submit the following Graduate Bridge ASPIRE Program Application to the Office of Graduate Studies

The Graduate Studies ASPIRE scholars’ program provides minority graduate students with networking, mentoring, and academic success programming to promote professional development and to strengthen their graduate school experience. Program training consists of professional development in teaching/classroom management, career planning and communication skills, academic success seminars, and mentoring experiences to facilitate a smooth adjustment to the academic rigor of graduate education.  In addition, ASPIRE scholars attend a series of external workshops as well as cultural and other educational activities. All program participants receive $2000 in scholarship ($750-Fall, $750-Spring, $500-Summer), $600 in textbooks.

Bridge ASPIRE members at the 2017 End of the Year Banquet & completing civic engagement with Montgomery County Food Bank

R.O.A.D. to PhD Program

Resource & Outreach for Academic Diversity

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for future application dates.

To apply, please submit the following Graduate Application to the Office of Graduate Studies


The ROAD to PhD program provides qualified students with the tools to adjust smoothly to the academic rigor of doctoral education.  Inspired by research completed at the Council of Graduate Schools, the ROAD to the PhD delivers holistic student mentoring and academic student support by:

1) providing networking and academic success training of doctoral students from admission all the way through completion;

2) working with candidates on individualized completion goals and career preparation. Doctoral students will work with Graduate Studies staff and disciplinary faculty mentors to build a comprehensive plan of research and professional development;

3) providing financial assistance. All program participants receive $3,600 in scholarship funding ($1200-Fall, $1200-Spring, $1200-Summer) and other program incentives annually.