Learn how to start your journey as a future leader in STEM with a fully funded doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University.
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.
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.
Click on a school of interest to see their VTSI eligible programs.
From eligibility to deadlines, click on the topics below to learn what you need to know before starting your application.
Applicants must indicate interest in the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative when applying to the JHU PhD program.
There are two deadlines to keep in mind:
Are you ready to submit your application? Review this checklist first before you submit.
To be considered for the VTSI, you must complete and submit all components of the individual PhD program application by the December 1 deadline. This includes the VTSI supplemental components and all supporting materials including letters of recommendation.