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Future Faculty Diversity Program

The Future Faculty Diversity Program is an exciting and rewarding four-day program designed to increase the representation of faculty traditionally underrepresented in strategic priority populations in the United States, including American Indian/ Alaska Native, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander.

Applications are currently being accepted!

In collaboration with InclusiveVT, the 2023 Future Faculty  Diversity Program will be held October 1-4, 2023.

All applications are due by August 15, 2023 11:59 p.m. EST


More information coming soon! For questions email us at

Enhance the faculty pipeline by establishing and developing significant meaningful relationships with prospects, especially scholars traditionally underrepresented in their fields.

Provide the opportunity for participants to gain a greater awareness of Virginia Tech, which will enhance their ability to envision themselves as members of our community.

Develop a network of new scholars in priority research areas.

Be a graduate student or post-doctoral scholar within one year of seeking a faculty position at a research intensive institution,

Demonstrate career goals, research interests, and academic potential that align with Virginia Tech's mission and programs, and

Able to meaningfully contribute to the university's continuing commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

Underrepresented graduate students (A.B.D.) and post-doctoral scholars within one year of completion (Spring/Summer 2023) who are seeking a faculty position at a research-intensive institution are invited to apply for the 2022 Future Faculty Diversity Program.

Please be prepared to upload the required documents into ONE document in the following order with a page break in between:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the selection criteria above (1 page)
  2. Diversity Statement responding to the prompt: How does your commitment to diversity impact your role as a tenure track faculty member? (1 page)
  3. Research Statement (1-2 pages)
  4. Teaching statement (1-2 pages)
  5. Curriculum Vitae

Application currently being accepted!

For questions about the application process please contact Dr. Erica Cooper at

Q: My specific racial/ethnic identity categories (i.e., Asian, Asian-American) are not mentioned in the Future Faculty Development description. Can I still apply?

A: This program is designed to support groups who have been traditionally and historically marginalized in the United States based on a legacy of discrimination and exclusion, and who remain significantly underrepresented in a majority of fields in higher education. All applications that are submitted are reviewed.

Q: Can I still apply even though I am not planning to defend my dissertation (or complete my current postdoc) in the next academic year?

A: We encourage doctoral candidates to be prepared to defend within 9 months of applying to the program.  Current postdocs are also encouraged to apply to the program during their final year of the fellowship.