Diversity Initiatives

As the first American research university, Johns Hopkins University has a long history of training the best and brightest scholars, scientists, and innovators who impact their local and global communities. You are about to embark upon a remarkable intellectual and social experience as you pursue advanced graduate study. 

Johns Hopkins offers professional development and fellowships to assist in the recruitment of graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including under-represented minority students, women, and students from economically or socially disadvantaged circumstances. Read more about the Krieger School’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.


Nathaniel Boggs Memorial Fellowship

The Nathaniel Boggs, Jr. Ph.D., Memorial Fellowship was established in 1999 by university trustee Paula Boggs, A&S ’81. It’s in memory of her father, who received Howard University’s first Ph.D. in biology. The fellowship provides a substantial stipend to the awardee.

Candidates for a fellowship must have an undergraduate degree from a historically black college or university, and pursue graduate work in select fields within the natural or physical sciences. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic performance, including GPA. 

Fields of study include biology, biophysics, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, mathematics, and physics and astronomy. Interested candidates should contact their prospective department to inquire about the fellowship.

Bromery Fellowship

The Bromery Fellowship is available to graduate students within the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Randolph W. Bromery received his Ph.D. in geology in 1968. He is an accomplished scientist, gifted administrator, and educational statesman. He served as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and president of Springfield College, among several other top appointments. Dr. Bromery also served on the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees and is now a trustee emeritus. Through this fellowship, Dr. Bromery and the department commit to providing equal access to graduate education for students from underrepresented minorities. Submit a letter or email of interest to Jenny Seat in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department for more information.

Kelly Miller Fellowship

Kelly Miller was the first African-American student to enroll at Johns Hopkins in 1887. He left the university before he completed his graduate degree, but later became a longtime professor of mathematics at Howard University, and a dean of arts and sciences. The fellowship is open to underrepresented applicants to any program.

The fellowship provides a $10,000 stipend for the first two years of the student’s program, and a $10,000 research fund to be used in the course of the fellow’s graduate career. There are currently 10 fellowships available per year.

Posse Fellowship

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences will offer up to five full-tuition Ph.D. fellowships (either a teaching assistantship or research assistantship) to Posse alumni admitted into any of its 26 full-time graduate programs. 

Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative is a $150 million effort that provides permanent funding to add a sustained cohort of approximately 100 new slots for diverse PhD students in JHU’s more than 30 STEM programs, and to establish and strengthen graduate program pathways for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Beverly Wendland Fellowship for Excellence and Diversity in the Natural Sciences

This new fellowship will be directed annually to a student who reflects a commitment to excellence in their area of study in the natural sciences and whose presence will add diversity to the academy. The recipient receives $12,000 funding over two years.

Professional Development

Graduate Diversity Fellows

This program provides graduate students with a paid opportunity to engage on campus through leadership and service, with a focus on diversity and professional development. The application is available through Student Employment Services in late spring, annually. 

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Open to all current graduate students in the Krieger and Whiting schools
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Must be available to work between 1 and 10 hours per week including the occasional evening and weekend
  • Must desire to provide support and assistance to people of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds


  • Attend on-campus recruitment events (e.g. serve on panels, give tours, or meet one-to-one with prospective graduate students) as a representative of the School of Arts and Sciences
  • Attend local and regional graduate recruitment fairs and pipeline-building events as a representative of the School of Arts and Sciences, and to give a graduate student perspective to potential applicants
  • Respond to email and phone inquiries of prospective students
  • Advise the Office of Graduate Affairs and Admissions on matters of policy, graduate student life, and issues of diversity