The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is dedicated to nurturing, mentoring and connecting the exceptional diverse talent that exists at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions (MSIs) to STEM graduate education and future leadership in STEM careers.
As the nation’s first research university and the nation’s leader in annual federal research funding for over 40 years, Hopkins is a great place to learn, do science, and grow in STEM. Our Hopkins faculty and students together do phenomenal research, giving rise to extraordinary discoveries that have positively transformed our nation and our globe. VTSI scholars will join one of our exceptional STEM PhD programs for their own graduate journey of discovery, working closely with the world’s leading scholars and scientists.
Providing students excellence in mentorship is an absolutely core value for our Hopkins graduate programs. VTSI scholars will work jointly under the guidance of outstanding STEM program faculty mentors and dedicated VTSI mentors alike, with whom VTSI scholars will meet regularly for individual check-ins and complementary advising, mentorship and sponsorship, all dedicated towards ensuring that VTSI scholars fully thrive personally and professionally along their journey at Hopkins and beyond.
The VTSI is fully committed to ensuring that as its scholars advance to take on the mantle of future leadership in STEM, that they are able to do so in ways in full alignment with their own individual life aspirations, fully attentive to their own internal voice. In synergy with Hopkins STEM graduate programs, the VTSI will provide and support professional, career, and experiential life design opportunities to provide a robust foundation for VTSI scholars to soar in their future STEM careers.
Our Hopkins students are phenomenal in many ways – they do amazing science, their diverse histories, identities and life journeys bring exceptional community and much richness to the Hopkins space, and they are devoted in service to Baltimore, the broader national and global community, and those coming in the path behind. VTSI scholars will belong to and be embraced within this outstanding community of scholars at Hopkins. VTSI scholars also will come together regularly for dedicated VTSI social and community activities that will extend across the entire course of the Vivien Thomas STEM PhD scholar’s journey at Hopkins.
Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars will receive an annual stipend ($40,000 for Academic Year 2022-2023) plus full tuition, health and other benefits.
The Hopkins community is tremendously excited to welcome the inaugural cohort of Vivien Thomas Scholars in 2022!
To be considered for the VTSI, you must complete and submit all components of the individual PhD program application, and the VTSI supplemental components by December 1, 2021. All supporting materials including letters of recommendation also must be received by December 1.
All VTSI applicants will receive a waiver of the JHU application program fee. Fee waivers will be granted through the program application portal.
All applicants to the Bloomberg School of Public Health first must submit their individual PhD program application through SOPHAS. VTSI applicants then will need to submit the VTSI supplemental materials via a School of Public Health application portal made available to applicants upon completion of the SOPHAS application. School of Public Health applicants should submit their SOPHAS application no later than November 15 to gain access to and submit the VTSI supplemental application components by December 1.
For application fee waivers, VTSI applicants should contact the individual School of Public Health PhD program office before November 10 and prior to submission of your SOPHAS application. Please refer to the individual program home page on SOPHAS for more information.