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Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

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.

VTSI Provides:

Exceptional Research Training

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.

Excellent Advising and Mentorship

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.

Professional and Career Development Activities

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 of $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!

Who Should Apply

Eligible JHU PhD Programs

Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

  • Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences

Whiting School of Engineering

  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

School Of Medicine

  • Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Cross-disciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (XDBio)
  • Functional Anatomy and Evolution
  • Health Sciences Informatics
  • Human Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathobiology
  • Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

Learn more about the programs

How to Apply

To apply to the VTSI, you will need to complete:

School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and School of Medicine Programs: The individual program application for the VTSI PhD program to which you are applying and the supplemental VTSI components included in the program application. Please refer to the individual program website through the program links below to access individual program applications. All VTSI applicants will receive a waiver of the JHU application program fee. Fee waivers will be granted through the program application portal.

School of Public Health Programs: The SOPHAS application and the supplemental VTSI components to be submitted via a School of Public Health application portal that will be 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 in order to gain access to and submit the VTSI supplemental application components by December 1. VTSI application fee waivers for School of Public Health program applications must be obtained prior to submission of an applicant’s SOPHAS application. For a fee waiver, please contact the individual School of Public Health PhD program office before November 10. Please refer to the individual program home page on SOPHAS for more information.

School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Medicine and School of Public Health Programs: VTSI supplemental questions to which applicants will be asked to submit responses are available at this link.

To be considered for the VTSI, you must complete and submit all components of the individual PhD program application, including the VTSI supplemental components by December 1, 2021. All supplementary application material including letters of recommendation and transcripts also must be received by December 1.

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