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The Bridge to the Doctorate application period is currently OPEN. Applications will be accepted for AY 2018-2019 beginning on May 1, 2018. Minimize    

The UTEP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship Program is soliciting applications for the Fall 2018 semester.

The BD project is open to first-year, STEM doctoral students.  This includes qualified M.S. students in their last semester of studies with a confirmed STEM Ph.D. acceptance, qualified STEM Ph.D. students in their first semester of study, and senior undergraduate students who will complete their B.S. degree by July 2018 and who have been accepted into a UTEP STEM Ph.D. program.  Each two-year fellowship includes a $64,000 stipend plus full tuition and fees, including student health insurance. 

Minimum Qualifications are:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must have participated in a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program as an undergraduate.  Program participation/certification will be confirmed with the B.S. degree-granting institution.
  • Must have participated in a federally-funded (NSF, NIH, DoD, DoE, etc.) undergraduate research experience prior to B.S. attainment.
  • Must have received a Bachelor’s degree from an LSAMP campus in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better.
  • Must be admitted into a STEM Ph.D. program at UTEP by June 1, 2018 and have no more than 18 doctoral credit hours.

The application packet must include the following items:
  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Formal letter of acceptance into a UTEP doctoral program in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics
  3. Personal Statement, Relevant Background Statement, and Future Goals Statement (3-page limit for all three).
  4. A Graduate Research Plan Statement that includes a description of your proposed research and intellectual merit (2-page limit).
  5. Three letters of recommendation.  One letter must be from the proposed research mentor.  All letters must be included as part of the packet in individually-sealed envelopes.
  6. CV or resume
  7. Undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable only if they include your student ID number and the seal of the University. 

Applications are due in hard copy format to the UT System LSAMP Office by 5:00 pm local time on Monday, June 25, 2018.  The address is:

UT System LSAMP Office
500 W. University Ave.
The University of Texas at El Paso
Engineering 301 (Attn: Ariana Arciero-Pino)
El Paso, TX 79968

Applications and/or letters of recommendation are not accepted via email.  Mailed applications must be received by 5:00 pm local time on June 25, 2018.  Local students may hand-deliver complete applications to the UT System LSAMP Office by the specified deadline.

Students with the most competitive applications will be contacted to schedule an interview. Phone interviews will be arranged for students who apply from locations outside of the El Paso area or who are on summer internships. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Program Funding Information Minimize    

The UT System LSAMP program is funded by the National Science Foundation grant number HRD-1202008. Funding for the Bridge to the Doctorate projects is provided by NSF grant numbers HRD-0832951 (BD 2008-2010), HRD-0929727 (BD 2009-2011), HRD-1139929 (BD 2011-2013), and HRD-1301858 (BD 2013-2015).
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