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Bridge to the Doctorate Program

In May 2004, the National Science Foundation (NSF) notified the WBHR-LSAMP that the Alliance would be funded for Phase III of the AMP program. As a part of Phase III, the Alliance was allowed to submit a supplement/proposal for the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Program.

Howard University, a Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive Institution, is the lead school for the BD Program. Howard, in addition to being a Research Extensive Institution, Howard University offers Doctoral degrees in 16 STEM fields.

Subject to fund availability, the BD program supports twelve (12) students a year. The students receive full tuition support and a stipend of $30,000 per year for the first two years of graduate study from the NSF. Students are not permitted to hold a separate job during this time. The job of the BD student is to obtain a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline.

Since 2004, Howard University has hosted 49 Bridge to the Doctorate students. These students earned bachelors degrees in engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, and the biological sciences and are matriculating toward Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science and the biological sciences to include pharmacology, biology, microbiology, physiology/biophysics, anatomy, and genetics.

The following qualifications requirements apply to the Howard University Bridge to the Doctorate Program:

  • The student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. or its possessions.
  • The student must have participated directly or indirectly in the LSAMP program at the undergraduate level.
  • Must be a first-time graduate student. We are prohibited from accepting students who have already begun matriculating in graduate studies.
  • The student must meet requirements for and be accepted to or have applied to the Howard University Graduate School in a STEM discipline. Application to the Howard graduate school is separate from application to the BD program.
  • The student must be recommended by two faculty members from his/her home school or from the Howard University graduate program.   

Any BS graduate with a degree in one of the STEM disciplines who meets the above criteria is eligible to apply. However, students who meet the above criteria and have majored in and intend to do graduate study in chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, and atmospheric sciences are particularly sought.

To apply

Please call 202-865-8568 to ascertain the WBHR-LSAMP university at which the program will be sponsored and the contact information for the Bridge program at that school.

For the Howard University program:

Download and print the Bridge to the Doctorate Program Application Form and mail it, along with a copy your transcript, proof of citizenship and a resume to:

Washington Baltimore- Hampton Roads Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
Bridge to the Doctorate Program
Howard University
1840 7th Street, Suite 320/321
Washington, DC 20001

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