Tennessee-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at Vanderbilt University

Bridge to the Doctorate Program

(sponsored by the National Science Foundation – pending approval of funding)


The TLSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Program at Vanderbilt University provides students with customized coursework, research training, professional development, and one-on-one mentoring, leading to (i) a Master’s degree and (ii) strong preparation for admission to the Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt or other leading institutions.┬áThis program offers tuition and a stipend for the completion of a master’s degree in available STEM disciplines with the ultimate goal of earning a Ph.D. in the chosen discipline. Pre-applicants selected to submit full applications will receive a follow-up email with instructions for submission.


  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Baccalaureate degree earned, or to be earned, at an LSAMP institution.
  • Undergraduate major in a science or engineering discipline.
  • Commitment to the pursuit of the Ph.D. in biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, or physics and astronomy
  • Priority is given to underrepresented minority students.

To be eligible to submit a full application, click here to complete the pre-application by February 15, 2015. (The deadline has been extended to February 22, 2015.)

About Nashville:

With a metro population of approximately 1.73 million people, Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine and was ranked as the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine. Forbes magazine rated Nashville as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country’s highest job growth over the coming five years and as the third most creative city behind Boston, Mass. and just ahead of Austin, Tex. Major industries include tourism, printing and publishing, manufacturing, music production, higher education, finance, insurance, automobile production and health care management.

About the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program:

All students accepted for the Vanderbilt BD Program will be affiliated with the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program whose mission is to increase the number of underrrepresented minorities in the STEM academe and workforce. The program provides additional mentoring and professional development as well as a supportive community of students, post-docs and faculty.


Dina Myers Stroud, Ph.D.


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