AGEP History

In 1998, NSF’s Minority Graduate Education (MGE) program awarded eight universities nearly $2.5 million each (5-year total) to significantly increase the number of domestic underrepresented-minority students who receive PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) fields. Because African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders are traditionally underrepresented in STEM, the program focused on positively impacting these groups.

In 1999, changing the name of the MGE program to the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program, in parallel with making awards only to formal alliances, signaled a dramatic and significant shift in NSF’s approach to broadening participation in STEM. The name change also signaled an expansion of the target objective to include increasing the number of underrepresented minorities entering the professoriate. 2005 marked the first year that all of the institutional projects funded through AGEP represented formal alliances.creating a truly unique community.

In an expansion of the term “alliance,” the AGEP projects increasingly cooperate with each other toward the same end and collaborate with other programs funded through NSF, a variety of federal and state agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. These programs include NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. Program, other foundations, and many regional and professional groups.

A list of current AGEP awards can be found in the AGEP Directory and a searchable list of AGEP Universities involved with AGEP is available. NSF programs can be found through NSF’s web site. Many of the other collaborating programs can be found on the AAAS AGEP Links and Resources page.