Welcome to the realm of possibility.

Are you Deaf or hard of hearing? Do you want to become a scientist?  With the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program, getting a doctorate degree is now more possible than ever.

Program Intro

Deaf scientists are already out there, however…

While the number of deaf scientists is increasing, there is a still a shortage, as deaf scientists are underrepresented in the behavioral or biomedical sciences. The University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology have partnered together and established the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program to address this gap.  With funding from the National Institutes of Health, our program aims to train and prepare eligible students while they are in one of the approved master’s degree programs at RIT.  Our program aims to increase the readiness of eligible Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who plan to apply to a doctoral level program in a behavioral or biomedical science discipline.

Doctoral Preparation

  • RIT Master’s degree in a science discipline
  • Three or more Doctoral-level courses
  • Multiple graduate research rotations

Degree Programs

Navigational Guidance

  • Personalized career development plan
  • Scientific and academic mentors
  • Deaf graduate and doctoral peer mentors

Meet the Team

Financial Support

  • Partial Tuition Waiver ($16,000 annually per scholar)
  • Conference travel funds
  • Two-years of paid research assistantships


Apply Today to Make Your Science Doctorate a Reality

Each year we will select three students who are beginning their Master’s degree, or are in a BS/MS program, at RIT.  As a Bridges Scholar, you will receive focused training to better prepare for entrance into your chosen doctoral program, gain laboratory experience, and have the opportunity to present at professional, discipline-based conferences.

Who Are We?

The Bridges team is comprised of world-renowned researchers – each with their own labs – many who have experience working with Deaf people.  As a Bridges Scholar, you will have the opportunity to garner scientific experience within these labs. The team will collaborate with you on your quest to emerge as a Deaf scientist.

Meet the Team

What’s Happening?

WoW Seminar with Dr. Edwin van Wijngaarden

WoW Seminar with Dr. Edwin van Wijngaarden

“Initiative, Mentorship and Luck: Reflections on an Academic Research Career (so far)” Join us THIS Wednesday, April 8, 12-1:00pm EST at this link: https://rit.zoom.us/j/904994556

Dr. Tina Goudreau Collison – WoW Presentation March 4, 2020

Please join us THIS – Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – at 4-5:00 PM in the RIT/NTID SDC 2405 for Dr. Tina Goudreau Colllison’s presentation entitled “What Should I be When I Grow Up and When Will I be Grown Up?”. (Interpreters will be...

Dr. Soya Mori – WoW Presentation April 6, 2018

Dr. Soya Mori – WoW Presentation April 6, 2018

Please join us tomorrow - Friday, April 6, 2018 - at 1pm in the RIT/NTID Campus Center Reading Room for Dr. Soya Mori's presentation entitled "An International Scholar: My Journey".