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Doctoral Diversity Program

The Doctoral Diversity Program (DDP) is part of our Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM) pipeline effort. The DDP will support post-baccalaureate students interested in pursuing medical school or PhD training in a health-related field who are also interested in biomedical research. DDP Scholars will be matched with a research mentor and will receive assistance, such as tutoring and stage-appropriate professionalism skills training, towards successful entry and completion of medical and/or graduate school.    


DDP Scholars will experience four core activities: Research, Health Care, Community, Professional Training, and Personal Growth

  • Research: Each DDP Scholar will conduct research in their chosen mentor’s lab or clinical research unit, with day-to-day guidance by an experienced research team member. Scholars will participate fully in the scientific and intellectual life of the research team, including weekly meetings and department seminars.
  • Health Care Community: In addition to their research mentor, Scholars will form lasting multi-generational scientific and social bonds with the DDP community at Hopkins. DDP Scholars will also meet healthcare role models through weekly ‘Lunch and Learn’ talks during the Summer and will have opportunities to shadow health professionals.
  • Professional Training: Scholars will take commercial GRE, MCAT or DAT preparation courses, if needed, and participate in workshops designed to improve their speaking skills, improve their inter-personal skills and better understand their own strengths and ‘blind spots’ when interacting with others in a professional setting. Scholars will improve their writing and editing skills in a biomedical writing course. 
  • Personal Growth: Scholars will meet with the DDP Director, Dr. Deidra Crews , to identify specific areas to strengthen and create an individual development plan.

Who Should Apply

  • Students from low-income and educationally under-resourced backgrounds who are interested in medical school and/or graduate school in a health-related field.  
  • Please contact Catherine L. Will for questions about DDP eligibility or general application questions.

Apply to DDP

Annual Stipend and Benefits

  •  $28,000 plus health insurance

Learn more about the pipeline initiative, activities, and accomplishments of our scholars.