Bridges to the PhD

California State University-Los Angeles
Type Fellowship
Amount $15,000
Duration 2 YearsPlease contact program administrator for more details.


Program Objective

The aim is to increase the number of PhD researchers among the vast pool of untapped, underrepresented talent in the Los Angeles area. The program extends to the graduate level CSLA's efforts to further its role as a prime national source of well-trained minority biomedical scientists and complements existing transitional and undergraduate training programs with similar objectives.

Previous CSLA students in other programs, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, have gone on to PhD programs at major research universities nationwide, including the three campuses associated with the LABB_PhD Program.

Program Description

Cal State LA, USC, UCLA and UC Irvine offer a cooperative program leading to the MS degree at CSLA and the PhD degree at either of the other three schools. Students are admitted to the MS program at CSLA and simultaneously conditionally admitted to the PhD program of their choice at either of the cooperating institutions. On admission to the program, the Graduate Students are integrated into active research groups under the direction of the training faculty. The student selects his/her own research adviser at CSLA, and the nature and scope of the research project are arranged to suit the student's level and interests via consultation between the adviser and the student. All of the Cal State LA faculty members involved in the program are engaged in biomedical research, and normally the project selected by the student will lie in the general area of the adviser's current research interests. Also upon admission, the student chooses a co-mentor at the PhD-granting institution whose research interests will roughly coincide with those of the primary advisor. Through this co-mentor, the student will be exposed to the research environment of the doctoral institution by conducting research in the co-mentor's laboratory in the summer. Following completion of the MS program with a strong achievement level, the student is guaranteed admission to the PhD institution for their doctoral studies, with financial support.
A salary of $15,000 per year and fringe benefits for each Graduate Student is provided. In addition, the program provides: (l) payment of student registration fees; (2) $2,500 per year for research supplies, and (3) a travel allowance for students to attend scientific meetings to present research papers.

A participant's tenure in the program is a maximum of 2 years.


  • African American
  • Alaskan Native
  • American Indian
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Mexican American
  • Native American
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Puerto Rican
  • Women

More Information

Lisa Bautista
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
California State University-Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8202
Phone: 323-343-2395