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Shape our Future. Become a Vivien Thomas Scholar.

Learn how to start your journey as a future leader in STEM with a fully funded doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University.

Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative

Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Thomas, the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is dedicated to nurturing, mentoring, and connecting diverse talent at historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions to STEM. At Johns Hopkins University, you are empowered to share your unique experiences and grow in discovery on your path to becoming a leader in your field.

As a Vivien Thomas Scholar, you will benefit from:

Research Training

Learn with the world’s leading scholars and scientists at the nation’s first research university.


Thrive personally and professionally during your graduate journey and beyond, with guidance and support from excellent mentors.


Join other Hopkins students and scholars whose diverse histories and life journeys bring exceptional community and richness to the Hopkins space.


Discover the benefits VTSI offers: among them, full tuition, a robust stipend, health insurance, and a waiver of the PhD application fee.      

Choose from over 30 exceptional Hopkins STEM 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 and Statistics
  • Chemical and Biomolecular 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

Ready to start your journey as a future leader in STEM?

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