NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program

NSF Florida Georgia Lois Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate at Florida International University (FIU) provides a unique opportunity to promising underrepresented (Hispanic/Latino and African-American/Black) minority students to successfully complete science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PHD degree programs.

The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of underrepresented minority students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PHD degree programs. Recognizing the importance of increasing the participation and success of under-represented students for enhancing innovation, and improving the nation’s global economic leadership, the program helps students successfully transition into post-graduate careers within industry, government, and academic through funding and professional development support.


The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for underrepresented students who are planning to matriculate in a graduate program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). The program is especially geared towards encouraging students who might not have considered pursuing a doctoral degree but have the demonstrated potential to do so. The eligible students must have been affiliated with or participated in LSAMP activities.

Award Benefits:

  • $32,000 annual stipend plus full tuition/fees for first 2 years
  • Competitive funding up to 5 years for STEM PhD at FIU
  • State of the art research projects with faculty mentors
  • Professional development seminars, workshops, and social events
  • Travel funding to professional meetings
  • Early and sustained professional collaboration in STEM disciplines
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • Localized and Electronic mentoring programs
  • Health insurance included


To qualify, students must have:

  • Earned a BS degree in a STEM discipline
  • Participated in an LSAMP or AMP program
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Admission to a FIU STEM graduate program (Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, Engineering & Computing)

Program Leadership

Lidia Kos, Ph.D.

FIU BD Co-Director

Alla Mirzoyan, Ph.D.

FIU BD Co-Director