Cal NERDS

NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Program

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.

Faculty mentors are key to guiding our NERDS
Faculty mentors are key to guiding our NSF B2D Grad Student Fellows

Overview

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 2018 cycle. Additional NSF B2D information can be found here:

NSF B2D Fellow Maribel in her mechanical engineering research lab
NSF B2D Fellow Maribel in her mechanical engineering research lab

http://lsmce.org/lsamp-community/map-of-lsamp-community/bridge-to-doctorate-map/

Eligibility Snapshot

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

Masters students are not eligible to apply

Please send your questions to Director Diana Lizarraga via text at #510.778.5165 or via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Text is preferred and faster.