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The University of Connecticut (UConn) is looking for qualified applications for the Bridge to the Doctorate program (fall 2017) that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), apply now!

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, 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: 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 NEW grant offers:

  • Student stipends, up to $32,000 annually
  • Tuition and fee supplement, up to $12,000 annually
  • Health insurance
  • Faculty mentoring and advising
  • Opportunities to research and internship at companies and national research labs
  • Opportunities to participate in national and professional conferences
  • Academic support
  • Professional development workshops
  • Mentoring network and Career development


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

How to apply?

Contact Aida Ghiaei (

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UConn is a member of the NE-LSAMP Alliance which consists of the following universities:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute(WPI)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Northeastern University

University of Rhode Island(URI)

University of Connecticut

Tufts University