Bridge to the Doctorate Program at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU)


Through collaborations between the Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) and the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering (RGPCOE) at PVAMU, 12 first-time graduate students in five RGPCOE departments and one BCAS department will be nurtured for two years as a cohort community, beginning in fall 2024.


The Fellows will benefit from a program of academic and personal development activities and social support, to sustain their commitment and success in their degree programs and advancement toward doctoral programs by August 2026. Also, fellows will be assisted in applying and securing funding for PhD studies at one of our partner institutions (e.g. Texas A&M University, John Hopkins University, etc.) after completing MS degree at PVAMU.

The PVAMU BTD program will support 12 Masters of Science students for up to two years with a $32,000 stipend and up to $12,000 in educational expenses per year.   


  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have participated in a LSAMP program as an undergraduate.  Program participation will be confirmed with your B.S. degree institution. See LSAMP Directory here
  • Must be admitted into a STEM Master’s program at PVAMU to begin in Fall 2024
  • Must be interested in completing a doctoral degree after completing a MS degree at PVAMU

Eligible STEM MS Programs at PVAMU (Note: students must pursue a MS degree program with thesis option)

  • MS in Chemistry (concentrations in analytical, computational, inorganic, materials, organic, and polymer chemistry, and biochemistry)
  • MS in Computer Science
  • MS in Computer Information Systems
  • MS in Engineering (concentrations in mechanical engineering; chemical engineering; and civil and environmental engineering.)
  • MS in Electrical Engineering

 Bridge to the Doctorate Application Process:

  • Bridge to the Doctorate applicants must complete a PVAMU graduate admissions application to an eligible STEM MS program with thesis option through our Graduate Admissions system and be admitted for Fall 2024.
  • Waivers for the PVAMU graduate admissions application fee will be provided to the first 30 applicants for the PVAMU Bridge to Doctorate Application program. If you are interested in applying for a graduate admissions application fee waiver, please answer yes to this question on the  Bridge to Doctorate  Application form. You will receive an email with instructions on the process for securing the waiver.
  • Additionally, applicants must complete an online Bridge to the Doctorate Application Form. March 1, 2024 is the priority deadline.

The application form requires the following items in PDF format:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Personal Statement (up to 2 pages), focused on relevant academic background, research interests/plans, and future goals
  3. Statement (at least 2 paragraphs) discussing interest in pursuing PhD degree after completion of MS at PVAMU
  4. Unofficial copy of transcript
  5. One letter of recommendation (academic recommenders are strongly preferred) for the BTD fellowship program


PVAMU BD Website and Application Form


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