Bridge to the Doctorate

KY-WV LSAMP has been awarded funding for the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program. National Science Foundation grant will support 12 students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing graduate degrees in STEM disciplines at the University of Kentucky. BD Fellows will receive $32,000/year stipend as well as support for cost of education for two years through the NSF grant. Fellows will receive continuing support from the university after the conclusion of the grant funding. Fellows will also receive coaching, academic and community support, professional development, and access to opportunities for research, writing, and presentation. For more information on requirements and the application process, contact Fara Williams, Project Director, 859-218-6326,

KY-WV LSAMP BD Cohort I Application and Nomination Process: Many methods will be utilized to recruit/encourage students to pursue Bridge to the Doctorate fellowships. Since not all those interested in BD will be current graduate students at the University of Kentucky, both an application/information document and a nomination document will be required for consideration. The application/information document will be completed by the student. This document will provide student demographics, student contact information, undergraduate LSAMP alliance contact information, and essays on the student’s research interests and career goals. Also requested will be letters of recommendation and permission for LSAMP to access information from the University of Kentucky systems including, but not limited to, transcripts and GRE scores. The nomination document will be completed by the student’s home department at the University of Kentucky. For students who have already begun their graduate studies and/or were former undergraduates at UK, the student should make the request of their academic advisor, Director of Graduate Studies, and/or the department head. For students who have not, yet, begun taking classes at UK, the LSAMP office will assist them in communicating with their chosen department faculty in order to receive the nomination. ​Both documents must be received in order for the applicant/nominee to be fully considered for the BD Fellowship.

PDF Student Information/Application Form            Electronic Student Information/Application Form        

PDF Department Nomination Form             Electronic Department Nomination Form

If completing PDF documents, they should be emailed to or mailed to KY-WV LSAMP, University of Kentucky, 161H Jacobs Science Building, Lexington, KY  40506-0174.

  • BD Eligibility
    • US Citizen or permanent resident
    • Baccalaureate degree in a STEM discipline earned, or to be earned, at an LSAMP institution
    • Priority given to students who participated in LSAMP as an undergraduate
    • Commitment to the pursuit of a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline
    • Admitted to the University of Kentucky in a STEM graduate program
  • Fellowship Benefits and Features
    • $32,000 per year stipend for two years
    • Tuition and health insurance for two years
    • Community of support with faculty, staff, and students
    • STEM professional development
    • Grant writing opportunities and support
    • Support beyond the two years of the fellowship
  • BD Timeline (subject to change)
    • Monday, June 8, 2020: Begin accepting applications and department nominations
    • Monday, February 15, 2021: Application Deadline
    • February 18-March 1, 2021: Application Review
    • Friday, March 5, 2021: Candidates selected for Zoom interviews
    • March 15-19, 2021: Zoom interviews with candidates
    • Thursday, April 1, 2021: Notifications sent to candidates 
    • Thursday, April 15, 2021: Deadline for acceptance of award for Fellows
    • June 1, 2021: New Fellows begin receiving support
    • Before fall classes begin: BD Fellow Retreat/Orientation 
    • Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled. Though all 12 positions have been filled, there may be an opportunity for partial support. Students currently enrolled in a STEM graduate program at the University of Kentucky may contact Fara Williams if they are interested and meet the eligibility requirements above. 
KY-WV LSAMP BD Cohort I: NSF Grant HRD 2004710​ 
University of Kentucky; June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2022 
Dr. Robert DiPaola, Provost, Acting Co-Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dr. George Wright, Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity 
Dr. Martha Peterson, Acting Dean, Graduate School 
Dr. Johne Parker, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Brett Spear, Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics