Doctoral Scholars Program


SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

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New publication alert: Now is the Time to Focus on Faculty Diversity Now is the Time to Focus on Faculty Diversity graphic

Increasing Faculty Diversity

More than one-third of America’s college students are people of color. But racial and ethnic minorities make up only small fractions of college faculty. Nationwide, about 5 percent of faculty are African-American, about 3 percent are Hispanic and about 1 percent are Native American. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is working to change that.

The 2021 DSP Fellowship application is now open 

The goal: more minority Ph.D. students who seek
careers as faculty on college campuses 

The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support — not only financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars is crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members. And each fall, a thousand scholars and young faculty members convene to learn and support one another at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

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More than 1,100 Graduates and Counting

The goal of the Doctoral Scholars Program is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1993, the program has supported more than 1,800 scholars who have attended 107 institutions in more than 30 states.


Awards, Tenure and Promotions
DSP graduates making waves in the academy

Edward A. Brown accepted a full-time position with Potomac State College in West Virginia as an activities program manager with the student life division. Dr. Edward A. Brown

Dr. Brown plans and implements social and educational activities students and creates opportunities for student involvement at the college. He also oversees Student Union operations, works with student organizations and serves as advisor to the Student Government Association. 

Publication June 2016 6 pages

Partner, Support, Prepare and Recruit
Four Steps Forward To A More Diverse College Faculty

In the past two years, black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian Pacific/Islander students accounted for about one-third of all college enrollments in the United States. However, the proportion of faculty who represent these groups at public four-year institutions is less than 10 percent. 

This publication provides four actions policymakers and educational leaders can take to increase faculty diversity on college campuses in their states. 


Publication October 2015 | 16 pages | 15E10Chanell Turner, Bob Belle and Ansley Abraham

22nd Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
Exploring New Research Frontiers for Future Generations

The 22nd Institute on Teaching and Mentoring publication highlighted the research projects of 16 previous Institute attendees and how their contributions to the fields of biology, sociology, disease prevention, management and many others are impacting the global community. Each scholar is affiliated with the Institute’s partner organizations: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program.


What is your mentoring style?
How one DSP grad found her mentoring method

Carrie Eaton is an associate professor of mathematics at Unity College in Unity, Maine. Eaton teaches interdisciplinary mathematics and mathematics pedagogy to undergraduate students. Along with her teaching load, she developed a professional development program at the University of Tennessee to improve teaching practices in undergraduate classrooms.

Eaton shares her experience and advice for those establishing their mentorship style.

Q. How did mentoring impact your doctoral program experience?

Publication June 201512 pagesAnsley Abraham

Leading the Class
From Ph.D. Graduate to Tenured Faculty

The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program is excited to celebrate a new milestone. Over a 100 of the program’s graduates are tenured faculty at universities across the nation. This publication features eight and includes a list all 106 of the who are making a difference at their universities and in their communities.

Publication June 20152 pagesAnsley Abraham

The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program
New Institutional Partnerships

The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) has long partnered with SREB-region states to provide services that help minority scholars attain doctorates. Currently, as a result of the success of this model, institutions in and outside of the region are requesting to partner with the DSP, independent of state support. The program is now involved in an effort to work with these entities to continue to serve exceptional scholars.

Publication July 20148 pagesAnsley Abraham

Closing the Loop

For 21 years, SREB states have supported the nationally recognized SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program. The program has produced more than 700 Ph.D.s and supports more than 350 matriculating doctoral candidates.

Publication June 201316 pagesAnsley Abraham

A Generation of Success
The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Celebrates 20 Years

This brochure celebrates the success of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program on its 20th anniversary and describes the continuing need for — and contributions made by — minority faculty on the nation’s college campuses. It includes a timeline of program milestones, highlights the accomplishments of many program graduates, and looks at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring (also celebrating its 20th year).


Publication July 201016 pagesAnsley Abraham

500 Who Are Making a Difference

This brochure outlines achievements of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program and profiles the first, 230th and 500th graduates of the program, which won the prestigious John Hope Franklin Award from Diverse magazine. It also includes a list of all graduates from 451 to 500.


Publication June 20124 pagesAnsley Abraham

It’s About the Future
Celebrating 600 Graduates

The goal: Diversify the faculty of colleges and universities in SREB states. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program increases the number of minority scholars who earn Ph.D.s and become faculty members. This year the program celebrates its 600th scholar-graduate. That’s 600 new faces qualified to lead in campus classrooms, labs and administrative offices.

Publication October 201216 pagesAnsley Abraham

What Will Future Faculty Look Like?

This brochure describes the growth and success of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program since its founding in 1993 and outlines the need for — and contributions made by — minority faculty on the nation’s college campuses. It also features insights from several program graduates and a by-state list of program participants who recently received their Ph.D.s.