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Bridge to the Doctorate

NSF LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program at UC Davis - 2017 Start


The UC Davis Bridge to the Doctorate program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP).  The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students matriculating into and successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in order to diversify the STEM workforce. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

In Fall 2017, the UC Davis-BD will support 5 newly enrolled PhD students with guaranteed support for five years, contingent upon satisfactory progress in their degree programs.

Student Eligibility

  • Verified participation in CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) or LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program at undergraduate institution
  • Bachelor’s degree in any STEM field
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Admitted to a UC Davis STEM PhD Program
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident

Program Benefits

  • Graduate application fee waiver
  • Full graduate tuition, fees, and stipend for 5 years commencing Fall 2017
  • Professional development workshops
  • Community building activities and mentoring for admitted cohort
  • Support in applying for dissertation fellowships


  • Interested candidates must first apply directly to their PhD program of interest at UC Davis.  Indicate your interest in participating in the LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate program in your statement.  Deadlines vary with program and range typically from December to January.  For more information on graduate admissions and programs, please visit:
  • Complete this application form by January 31, 2017.  Applications after the deadline will be considered if space allows.
  • If questions arise, contact: Steve Lee (Graduate Diversity Officer for the STEM Disciplines;