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Qualification and Application Requirements

Qualification Requirements to the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Preference will be given to member of underrepresented minority group as defined by the NSF:
    Hispanic, African-American, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander.
  • Have a B.S. degree in a STEM discipline from a LSAMP institution and provide evidence of participation in an LSAMP undergraduate program.
  • Meet the requirements for and be admitted to the NMSU Graduate School at NMSU in a STEM Ph.D. program
  • Have a strong commitment to pursuing and completing a Ph.D. degree.
  • Have a miminum GPA of 3.0

Note:Only twelve (12) total positions are available in each cohort. Applications will be reviewed until all 12 positions are filled. The availability of these positions is subjected to the NSF funding approval.

Application Requirements to the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship

  • A completed Bridge to the Doctorate application form, including student information, and a signed formal agreement, accepting and agreeing to commit to the pursuit of a Ph.D.
  • A 5-6 page, double-spaced statement of educational and career objectives
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Copy of B.S. Diploma or copy of Letter of Completion
  • A nomination letter from a professor in your discipline who has agreed to work with you as mentor.
  • Graduate Plan of Study prepared and signed by mentor or academic advisor
  • Two (2) Letters of Support from faculty members in your discipline that addresses the following (one letter must be from you mentor):
    • 1. How the faculty member is acquainted with you and your work.
    • 2. The quality of your work and potential for success through the doctoral program in your discipline.

Professors willing to participate as mentors for the BD program should submit a short plan addressing the following;

  • 1. Strategies you are going to follow to develop in your student a strong understanding of the requirements of a PhD degree.
  • 2. Specific encouraging activities to increase the level of confidence in the student to pursue a PhD.
  • 3. Projected actions to financially and academically place the student in the appropriate path to the PhD, here at NMSU or in another institution. Please indicate the mechanism of support for nominated student following the two-year period of the BD grant, i.e., how you intend to either continue financial support for the student beyond the BD program, or how you plan to network with colleagues to place the student in a Ph.D. program elsewhere. NSF requires that “BD applicants must present an action plan describing dollar support and sources for continuing students in years three and beyond towards doctorate degrees. Action plans identifying strategies for connecting the transfer of third-year BD recipients interested and eligible for admission to STEM doctoral programs are required.”
  • 4. A short statement in which you agree to collaborate with the New Mexico AMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program to advance the student to the PhD by allowing BD personnel and evaluators to monitor the student’s progress at the end of each semester and by completing an annual survey addressing the student’s performance
  • 5. A two-page biographical sketch developed in a format suitable for inclusion in NSF proposals. The biographical sketch should include: name and affiliation, education, a brief (one-paragraph) description of your current research interests and activities, a list of external grants (current and pending) that support your research, and selected publications. (Basic format: 12-point font, one-inch margins, and Times New Roman font.)

Application checklist:

  • Bridge to the Doctorate application form
  • Statement of career goals and objectives
  • Nomination letter from a NMSU faculty member willing to be your mentor
  • Two letters of reference from faculty members in your discipline
  • Un-official Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of your B. S. Diploma and/or Letter of Completion
  • If you are not a US citizen, attached a notarized copy (both sides) of your alien
  • Registration permanent resident (“Green”) card.
  • Graduate Plan of Study prepared and signed by mentor or academic advisor
  • Mentor’s short plant
  • Mentor’s biographical sketch

Your mentor should request an application packet to:

Bridge to the Doctorate Program
New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation
MSC 3 AMP; New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001; Las Cruces, NM 88003-88001

For more information contact:

Dr. Imelda Olague, Bridge to the Doctorate Program Coordinator
Phone: (575) 646-8060 E-mail: