VP's Diversity Graduate Assistantship 


The LSU College of Agriculture has established The Vice President’s Diversity Graduate Assistantship for African American students. This program’s goal is to increase and enhance diversity, equity and inclusivity into the graduate programs of the College of Agriculture and will include four $25,000 assistantships to support funding for PhD graduate students.



These funds will be provided through the office of the Vice President for Agriculture/Dean of the College of Agriculture. The assistantship will include a waiver of both in-state and out-of-state tuition. LSU College of Agriculture’s Office of Student Services will help with recruitment efforts. Students who received the assistantship can hold it for up to three years. Successful candidates should have at least a 3.5 GPA for undergraduate work and/or for previous graduate work.



Interested students must be accepted into the LSU Graduate School. To be considered for this assistantship, submit an application that includes a letter of professional intent. A letter of support must also be submitted from your major professor and/or advisor.

apply for the Diversity Assistantship

Submit a letter of support

The Vice President’s Diversity Graduate Assistantship program will be available in the fall semester of 2023. The deadline is March 1.



Dr. Allen Rutherford
Executive Associate Dean
120 Woodin Hall

Dr. Mike Salassi
Program Leader for Plant and Animal Sciences
Office of the Vice President for Agriculture

LSU College of Agriculture