Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program

About the Award

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.


Please see the Request for Proposals.


Please review the Request for Proposals document.  If you have further questions, please email Program Officer Alfred Mays.