The Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM is designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering Ph.D. programs in STEM disciplines. Funded by the Vice Provost's office at Columbia University and by the National Science Foundation, the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program is an intensive research, coursework, 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’s Bridge to the Ph.D. Program must have:

  • legal permission to work in the U.S. (for example, 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 year they apply are also eligible);
  • a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale;
  • a demonstrated commitment to applying to Ph.D. programs within two years of beginning the Program.


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

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


To apply to the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • a cover letter describing yourself, current educational or professional status, gaps in your educational history (if any), and anything else that the admissions committee should consider;
  • a current resume;
  • unofficial or official undergraduate transcripts (upon acceptance into the program, an official transcript will be requested);
  • a statement of interest (a maximum of 750 words, double-spaced). This statement must address:
    • your qualifications, including prior research experience; 
    • your scholarly interests; 
    • your long-term education and career goals; 
    • your demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity in the natural sciences;
    • several faculty members whose research interests align with yours.
  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from research mentors or academic instructors. 


For more information or questions about the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Kwame Osei-Sarfo <ko2439@columbia.edu>.


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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