The Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM is intended for applicants interested in the disciplines of astronomy, the biological sciences, chemistry, the environmental sciences, economics, engineering, physics, psychology, and statistics. More information about the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM can be found here:

Applications for the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM are due by February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST).  
Sponsored by the Vice Provost's Office for Faculty Diversity, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Department of Economics at Columbia University, the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM aims to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering Ph.D. programs. The Bridge Program offers an intensive research, academic, and mentoring experience for post-baccalaureates who wish to strengthen their graduate school applications and to prepare for the transition into STEM graduate programs.

Applicants to Columbia‚Äôs Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM must have: 

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
  • a four-year degree from an accredited college or university (students who will graduate with a four-year degree in the spring of the current application cycle are eligible to apply);
  • a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale;
  • a clear commitment to applying to Ph.D. programs within two years of beginning the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM.

The Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM strongly encourages applicants from historically underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to: 

  • Blacks/African Americans;
  • Hispanics/Latinos/as/x;
  • Native Americans/Alaska Natives;
  • Pacific Islanders.

Also, we consider applications submitted by individuals from other social, cultural, economic, and/or educational environments that have may have prevented entry into STEM graduate programs.  

To apply to the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM, please submit the following documents through this application portal: 

  • a cover letter describing yourself, your current educational or professional status, gaps in your educational history (if any), and anything else that the admissions committee should consider;
  • a current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • an unofficial or official undergraduate transcript(s) for any institution attended after graduating from high school (upon acceptance into the program, official transcripts will be requested);
  • a statement of interest (a maximum of 750 words, double-spaced). This statement must include:
               1. your qualifications, including prior research experience;
               2. your scholarly interests;
               3. your long-term education and career goals;
               4. your commitment to fostering diversity in STEM;
               5. the names of faculty members whose research interests align with yours.
  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from research mentors or academic instructors. Please note that requests for letters of recommendation must be made through this application portal. Your letter writers will not receive the notification to submit their letters until you have submitted the application. Give them ample notice of your intent to apply, so they can upload their letters when you submit your application. 

You can find additional resources and tips for preparing cover letters and resumes/CVs from Columbia University Center for Career Education.  

For more information or questions about the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM or this application, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Kwame Osei-Sarfo <>.

Hello Bridge alumni and former directors, 

During the symposium, it was brought to my attention that we should generate an alumni directory, so you can stay in touch with each other. Since the  Vice Provost Office has revamped the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program's webpage, I would like to integrate a password-protected alumni directory on the new webpage. 

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