The NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Program (NSF B2D) program was created to help support a cohort of twelve underrepresented STEM students in their doctoral studies.
UC Berkeley’s NSF B2D program is connected to the NSF LSAMP network of alliances. Through this program, the NSF seeks to continue its goal of increasing the number of ethnically underrepresented students completing STEM doctoral degrees by offering recipients the opportunity to enroll in graduate program without the financial burden. Typically each B2D fellows receives a $30,000 fellowship during their first two years, and the cost of the next three years is paid for by the department (contingent upon availability of funding). Other benefits include advising and advocacy, professional development, conference travel, a supportive community, and access to a diversity student center.
Typically one UC campus receives the grant each year. UC Davis has received the 2016 NSF B2D program. UC Berkeley hopes to be given the opportunity to write this grant for the 2019 cycle if approved by our new statewide office at UC Riverside. Additional NSF B2D information can be found here:
U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Students have typically been from Native American, Hispanic, and/or African-American backgrounds.
Verified NSF LSAMP scholar alumni
Bachelor degree in STEM earned by start of program
Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
Admitted to a UC Berkeley Ph.D. program in STEM for year in question