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This page provides information on outside scholarship or grant opportunities for funding doctoral dissertations, master's theses, and/or professional research. Click on each item below for more information. 

The University of Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship program, funded by the National Science Foundation, welcomed a new cohort in August 2018.

The fellowship and programming support underrepresented minority students as they launch and complete science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) PhD degree programs. 


  • Tuition, fees and student health insurance waiver for first two years
  • Stipend of $32,000 annually for first two years
  • Continued funding at unit level for up to three additional years for qualified PhD candidates
  • Personalized mentoring
  • Travel funding for professional conferences
  • Links to research and professional opportunities
  • Enriched academic services and support


  • Participation in an LSAMP program during undergrad
  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Acceptance into an eligible STEM graduate program at the University of Oklahoma Norman campus (may apply concurrently with Bridge to the Doctorate)
  • Intention to pursue a PhD in a STEM discipline listed below

Eligible programs of study include: 


  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Geophysics
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Paleontology
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology

Mathematical Sciences

  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science


  • Aerospace
  • Architectural
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Petroleum

Send questions to Dr. Rodney Bates ( with "LSAMP BD interest" in the subject line.

Sample Application (PDF)

Bridge to the Doctorate Application


The NSF GRFP is the nation's oldest and most established fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Since 1952, NSF has provided funding for over 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships. To date, 42 fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Applicants must be a United States (US) citizen, US national, or a permanent US resident by the application deadline. First- or second-year graduate students may apply. If awarded, this fellowship provides $34,000 per year for three years and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.

To get more information and resources, visit

The IDRF program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies.

IDRF is open to full-time graduate students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. We accept applications for research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives, as well as research on multiple countries and/or multiple world regions.

For more information about the program and details on current and former fellows, we encourage you to visit our website at

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