The Bridge-to-the-Doctorate Program (BDP) is an NSF initiative within the LSAMP Program to provide former LSAMP baccalaureate degree graduates with a fellowship for graduate studies. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of minority students that obtains a PhD degree in a STEM field.

The program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields. The program goals are accomplished through the formation of alliances. The Bridge to Doctorate provides support for eligible students from schools in the MS-LSAMP alliance to pursue a Ph. D in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Technology. Students will receive a $30,000 stipend along with full remission of tuition and fees during their first two years.

The Bridge to the Doctorate Program offers:
• Stipends $30,000 annually for two years
• Full Graduate Tuition and Fees
• Mentoring Assistance
• Academic Enrichment
• Academic Year Research Experiences
• Summer Research Experiences
• Travel to Conferences
• Workshop/Seminars/Speakers Series

• B.S. degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Participated in an undergraduate LSAMP Program
• Committed to pursuing a doctoral degree
• Acceptance into Jackson State University Graduate School
• Meet the requirements of a STEM Graduate Department or Program
• U.S. Citizen


Opportunities for the Bridge to Doctorial Program are afforded to all IMAGE Scholars who are pursuing a Doctorate Degree Yearly