Bridge to the Doctorate

To date, the California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate activity has supported 93 underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students in in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] disciplines.

UC Los Angeles (UCLA) will host the 2014 Cohort of the UC Bridge to the Doctorate (BD)* which will support a graduate student cohort of 12 URM STEM Ph.D. students from LSAMP campuses across the nation.

The program will provide the cohort stipends and cost-of-education funds for the first two years, followed by support from UCLA's Graduate Division, the student's home STEM department and/or external fellowship funding for the following three years for a total of five years of support.

This unique opportunity will advance the diversity of STEM graduate programs at UCLA through the recruitment, training and retention of a group of 12 talented doctoral students. BD students will benefit from UCLA's state-of-the-art research facilities and connecting with a network of their peers, post-docs, and nurturing faculty. Furthermore, UCLA is committed to providing the BD scholars a welcoming campus environment and tools for success in graduate education which will significantly impact retention and doctoral degree completion. Collaborations between UCLA CAMP, Graduate Division and STEM departments across campus have been paved to ensure the success of the UCLA BD program.

The UCLA BD Graduate Research Training Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences and Graduate Division in partnership with the Lead Campus, UC-Irvine, of the University of California Alliance for Minority Participation and the National Science Foundation.

*Pending approval


  • Verified participation in an LSAMP program at undergraduate institution (see Link for "NSF LSAMP Verification Form" below)
  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field- Master's students are NOT eligible
  • Admitted to a UCLA STEM PhD program (to begin studies Fall 2014)
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be member of a historically underrepresented group

    Only students applying Fall 2013 are eligible for the UCLA Bridge to the Doctorate program. The University of California, Irvine (UCI) will host the next Bridge to the Doctorate program and will begin take applications Fall 2014 (to begin studies Fall 2015).

    NSF LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Fellowships Offers:

  • Full graduate tuition/fees and stipend for 5 years (contingent on succesful academic progress)
  • Mentorship training
  • Opportunities to mentor underrepresented students at UCLA and in the community
  • Professional preparation and support in applying to postdoctoral positions and external funding
  • Community

    Program Components

    First Year-Professional Workshops and Seminars
  • Strategies for successful grant writing and the NSF Fellowship
  • Presenting your work
  • Post- Doc roundtable / panel
  • Academic career panel
  • Non-academic career panel
  • Innovation and the role of creativity in scientific research
  • Preparing to advance to candidacy
  • Career planning
  • Financial planning for graduate fellows
  • Publishing in scientific journals

    2nd Year-Leadership and Mentoring Academy
  • "Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists" created by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching
  • BD Scholars will learn the elements of good mentoring
  • BD Scholars will develop a mentoring philosophy and create a project for mentoring undergraduates
  • BD Scholars will be granted a certificate of completion from the Graduate Division

    3rd Year and Beyond- Scientific Presentations, Writing, Communication and Mentorship
  • Lunchtime programming that focuses on sharpening presentation and writing skills
  • Assistance with procuring travel grants to conferences and symposia
  • Instruction in the writing of graduate academic documents
  • Assistance with procuring extramural funding
  • Opportunity to mentor undergraduate LSAMP/ CAMP and transfer students
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP) that will help BD Scholars identify long-term goals that fit with their skills interest and values

    THE UCLA APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. However the UC Irvine Application for Fall 2015 is open until March 15th.
    Please contact: Kika Friend, M.A., CAMP-UCI Program Coordinator:, 949-824-2363

    Download the Bridge to the Doctorate Flyer

    If you have any questions contact the Bridge to the Doctorate Program Representative,
    Katie Cosby at