Who are the Bridges Scholars?
How many Bridges Scholars are accepted each year?
Two-three Scholars will be accepted into the program each year.
How do I apply?
Can international students apply for this program?
What is expected of me during the application process?
If accepted to the program, what will be required of me?
- Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above
- Commit to continue their graduate training in a doctoral program in a biomedical or behavioral science discipline
- Participate in all of the required Bridges activities
- Travel to professional conferences
How long is the program?
Funding is two years per Bridges Scholar, correlating with your master’s degree program.
What type of assistance does this program provide?
This program provides:
- Interpreting services
- Tutoring support
- Travel coordination and expenses
- Funds for books and supplies for UR courses/research needs ($1000 per year)
- Paid research assistantships in labs at RIT and URMC
- Partial tuition waiver ($16,000 annually per Scholar)
Do I have to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology?
Do I have to attend the University of Rochester for my PhD?
Do I have to do a research assistantship?
Yes. Throughout their time in the program, all Bridges scholars are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week in assigned laboratories during the semester, and up to 40 hours weekly during the summer.
What is required to be able to stay in the Bridges program?
It is likely that if a Bridges Scholar receives more than one C, they will be asked to leave the Bridges program (but might be able to remain in the RIT Master’s program). An A/B average is acceptable, but an A average is preferable to maximize the Scholar’s chance to successfully enter a doctoral program.