North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP)

The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program

The Bridge to the Doctorate Program (BD) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University is an NSF initiative within the NC-LSAMP Program. Aligned with the NC-LSAMP goal of increasing the number of underrepresented students interested in, academically qualified for, and matriculated into programs of graduate study, the goal of the BD Fellowship Program is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students earning a PhD degree in a STEM field. The Bridge to the Doctorate provides LSAMP baccalaureate degree graduates with financial and professional development support to facilitate the successful transition into STEM PhD programs.

Program Benefits

  • Annual BD Fellowship of $30,000 (Maximum of two years)
  • Tuition and normal fees, including health insurance
  • Academic and professional development

Program Eligibility

  • Participation in an undergraduate LSAMP program;
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Unconditionally accepted as a new STEM graduate student at NCA&T.*  Currently enrolled A&T graduate students are not eligible to apply.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in a STEM undergraduate major; and
  • Commitment to pursuing a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline.
  • Prior research experience at the undergraduate level

BD Fellow Requirements

Once admitted, BD Fellows must:

  • Be enrolled as a full time (minimum 9 graduate hours) in a STEM discipline at North Carolina A&T State University;
  • Be engaged in faculty mentored research during all academic sessions of the university (fall, spring and summer);
  • Make adequate progress towards a degree as demonstrated by maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Be committed to enrolling in a STEM PhD program upon completion of the Master’s program;
  • Participate in scheduled BD professional development activities, which may include seminars, journal clubs, Thesis Academy and Retreats, and;
  • Present research findings at local, regional, and national conferences.

Financial Awards

The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship carries with it a maximum of two years of financial support. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000 which is allocated for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Fellows may also be awarded the cost of tuition and fees, including health insurance. In addition, Fellows are eligible to receive professional development funds to participate in local, regional and national professional conferences.

Application Deadlines

Complete application packet for Fall, 2014 must be received by April 1, 2014.

LSAMP Program Staff and Contact Information

The NC-LSAMP office is located in the College of Engineering on the 6th floor of McNair Hall. For additional information, please contact us at or 336-285-2650.

Marcia F. Williams, Ph.D. - Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director
Juanda Johnson-Taylor - Program Manager
Ashley Carter - Program Assistant

Please note that acceptance to the BD does not infer acceptance to the Graduate School. You must apply to and receive an offer of unconditional acceptance from the University.