Diversity Fellowship Programs

Hot Metal Bridge Post-Bac Program

This two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship program is designed to help talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented in their academic disciplines, including first-generation graduate students and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, to bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and a graduate training program. Fellows enjoy financial support and mentoring by both faculty and graduate students as they prepare themselves for a successful program of doctoral studies. Of those who have completed the program since 2011, 80 percent have gone on to graduate studies at Pitt and elsewhere.

The featured programs for academic year 2019–2020 are:

  • Humanities: History of Art and Architecture
  • Natural Sciences: Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Neuroscience; Psychology
  • Social Sciences: Anthropology; Economics

For additional information, please see Hot Metal Bridge Post-Bac Program

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship Program

This program is intended to enhance the diversity of the University of Pittsburgh's graduate student population. The program provides financial support and academic guidance to doctoral candidates from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program

McNair students are eligible to be nominated by departments for multi-year fellowships that generally carry stipend and tuition coverage. We waive graduate application fees for all graduate programs in the Dietrich School and will also pay for any McNair scholar admitted into one of our graduate programs to visit our campus. Applicants should direct all inquiries to their prospective department.

Campus Partners

If you work with undergraduates from underrepresented populations who have expressed an interest in one of our departments or programs, or who might wish to learn more about the Dietrich School, please contact Director of Diversity Initiatives Philippa Carter at pkc3@pitt.edu. We would be happy to work with you and your students to arrange an all-expense paid campus visit, schedule a call or meeting with a Dietrich School Diversity Liaison, or put you in touch with one of our graduate students mentors.