Puerto Rico Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PR-LSAMP) is accepting applications for the NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Program for 1st year graduate students at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and Mayagüez Campus

Who Qualifies

  • Must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States
  • Current and former undergraduate PR-LSAMP students
  • First time graduate students in a STEM field in August 2018
  • Students accepted at UPR-Río Piedras & Mayagüez Campus


The BDP Fellowship offers the following benefits during the first two years of graduate studies, subject to successful academic performance:

  • $32,000 fellowship per year for two years
  • Up to $4,000 per year for tuition, institutional fees, and health coverage
  • $3,500 per year for travel expenses
  • $2,250 per year for research and educational materials 

Standard NSF Application Requirements:

  • Applicant was an LSAMP participant student during his/her undergraduate studies
  • Applicant intends to pursue a PhD degree STEM field in a 5 year period
  • Applied and was accepted at UPR-Rio Piedras or Mayagüez Campus to begin graduate studies in August 2018
  • Apply to the NSF-GRFP on the established deadline
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.10 or higher 

Puerto Rico Bridge-to-the-Doctorate Program Requirements – Fellows are required to: 

  • Meet each semester all the requirements established by the Graduate Program, and the Bridge to the Doctorate Program
  • Maintain academic progress as mandated by the student’s Graduate Program
  • Complete nine credits per semester, for a minimum of 36 credits of graduate work by the end of the two year fellowship
  • Take and pass the qualifying exams on the date established by the Graduate Program
  • Submit the thesis proposal on or before the date in which the BDP fellowship ends (July 2020)
  • Be a mentor to an undergraduate PR-LSAMP student
  • Participate in all BDP activities, as established in the program’s calendar for each semester
  • Serve as role model to high school students

Apply today!
Deadline: July 24, 2018

Contact:         Dr. Eduardo Nicolau, Principal Investigator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Javier Figueroa, BDP Academic Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Required Application Documents

  1. Personal Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement
  2. Graduate Research Plan
  3. Two (2) Reference Letters (one must be from research mentor)
    • The applicant must submit a minimum of 2 reference letters from Faculty members with knowledge about the student’s potential to become a successful graduate student. One of the reference letters shall be from the student’s research mentor as an undergraduate or as a graduate student.
    • The letters must be sent to the Principal Investigator at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the subject line: BDP2018_LastName_First Name
  4. Official Academic Transcripts
    • Attention: Javier Figueroa
      Resource Center for Science and Engineering
      PO Box 23334
      San Juan, PR 00931-3334
  1. Copy of the Letter of Acceptance to the Natural Sciences or Engineering Graduate Program*

*If the program to which you applied only sends a single acceptance letter, please upload it twice in order to comply with the electronic registration system’s requirements.

  1. Copy of the Letter of Acceptance to a Graduate Program
    • This is the letter that confirms that the student have been accepted to the University as a graduate student. This letter is typically sent from the Dean of Graduate Studies at UPR-RP or from the Office of Graduate Studies at UPR-M.
  2. Receipt of Academic Transcript (PDF)
  3. List of the 2 Faculty Reference Writers with Contact Information

All documents, except reference letters, must be uploaded before 5:00 pm EST on July 24, 2018 at https://prlsamp.rcse.upr.edu/index.php/e-registration


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