Husky Bridge to the Doctorate STEM Program

School of Engineering


The NEW Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Program at UConn (2017-2019 Award # 1702132) is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation under the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, Apply now, and supports two-year fellowships for 12 doctoral students from African American, Hispanic and/or Native American populations during the first two years of study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at UConn. After the initial two-year LSAMP-BD funding, fellows are supported by other funding mechanisms to ensure their timely graduation.

The University of Connecticut is a member of the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (NE-LSAMP) program. This regional alliance is comprised of Six partners: the University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island, Tufts University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The BD Program targets qualifying students who intend to earn a Ph.D. within a STEM discipline in the School of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Pharmacy or College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The program is committed to:

  • Nurturing a diverse and interactive STEM community
  • Broadening minority participation in the STEM fields
  • Increasing the number of advanced degrees obtained by underrepresented students

The program offers:

  • Student stipends, up to $32,000 annually – for the first 2 years and Guaranteed support for the years 3-5 through Teaching or research assistantships
  • Tuition waiver
  • Health insurance
  • Faculty mentoring and advising
  • Mentoring community
  • Active support and links to research and internship opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in national and professional conferences
  • Enriched academic & professional development services and support


  • Must be admitted to the University of Connecticut Graduate School in one of the following schools or colleges: School of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Pharmacy or College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Provide evidence of participation in LSAMP programs from the LSAMP Director or Faculty at the undergraduate institution

Application Due: 

For late submissions please contact Aida. 

September 2019