The University of Iowa is dedicated to building a university-wide network of faculty committed to minority outreach and education.  Our community is composed of 174 senior researchers across 25 STEM departments and programs. Our goal is to substantially increase the number of minority scholars earning Ph.D.s in STEM fields.  Our community of seasoned and committed faculty mentors will work closely with our Sloan Scholars to ensure that they have the support and mentoring necessary to guarantee their success.


Our UI/Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring will provide scholarships to students entering doctoral programs in one of the Sloan departments. These highly competitive scholarships will supplement the full support (RA, TA, etc.) provided to these students during their doctoral studies. They may be used for activities in furtherance of these studies.

Selection Criteria- Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria.

  1. Promise of the nominee for success in their program. This includes the nominee's preparation for graduate study and evidence of academic excellence.
  2. The department's plan to achieve student success by supporting the student financially as well as intellectually.
  3. The plan for mentoring this student from acceptance all the way to degree.

Qualifications- As per Sloan Foundation guidelines all Sloan Scholars must be US Citizens belong to one of the following groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Alaskan Native.

University of Iowa Sloan Programs:
Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Free Radical & Radiation Biology
Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Scientists Training Program
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Molecular Physiology & Biophysics


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance; and to improve the quality of American life.  Though founded in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan Jr., then-President and CEO of General Motors, the Foundation is an independent entity and has no formal relationship with the General Motors Corporation. The Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. 

The Foundation is unique in its focus on science, technology, and economic institutions. It believes the scholars and practitioners who work in these fields are chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity. In each grant program, the Foundation seeks proposals for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is interested in projects that it expects will result in a strong benefit to society, and for which funding from the private sector, the government, or other foundations is not widely available.


The University of Iowa

With just over 30,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909.

Iowa is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It's home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers, the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop, and hundreds of options for affordable, accessible education.

The University of Iowa is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.