The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic nonprofit organization, established in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors. The Sloan Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economics aimed at improving the quality of American life.

The purpose of the Alfred P. Sloan Minority PhD (MPHD) program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who graduate from Ph.D. programs in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially in fields where national trends document persistent underrepresentation through the support of University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMS). A secondary aim is to change the demographics of STEM faculty in U.S. colleges and universities by paying special attention to the preparation of doctoral students from underrepresented minorities (URM) for careers in academia through professional development activities and interactions with mentors and a community of scholars during the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

UCEMs are designed to assist universities that are national leaders in educating underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, institutions that can serve as catalysts and models for other educational institutions around the country.