Initiative for Minority Students: Bridges to the Doctoral Degree

This program provides support to institutions to help students make a critical transition in their development as scientists.

Sponsor: National Institute of General Medical Sciences; NIH


This program targets students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation and/or populations disproportionately affected by health disparities (targeted groups). Nationally, the targeted groups include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands, and/or rural Appalachians. Bridges students who receive support in the form of salaries/wages must belong to the targeted groups; must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents; and must be matriculated full-time in biomedical or behavioral science fields in associate degree programs at the participating community college or in master’s degree programs at the participating master’s degree institution in the consortium. It is the responsibility of the applicant institution to establish the qualifications of students prior to their participation in the Bridges program.

How to Apply