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Bridge to Doctorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored BD Fellowship for under-represented minority students promotes success by providing the holistic support and financial resources needed to obtain a doctoral degree.

The Bridge to Doctorate (BD) Fellowship Program is committed to engaging students from underrepresented populations in graduate study within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields of study in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) or College of Engineering & Computing (CEC).

BD Fellows

Bridge to Doctorate (BD) fellows are committed, mindful learners who are actively engaged in the process to become leaders. See a list of participating programs.

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors are expected to support BD Fellows in following years via funded research projects and other national fellowships.


We will not be accepting Applications for Fall 2022.  Please stay tuned for Fall 2023.  For additional questions, please contact Dr. Mike Matthews ( or Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson and (


More Information

For more information about the BD program, please contact:

Dr. Mike Mathews, (CEC) and Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, (CAS) are leading this effort on behalf of the colleges.

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