University of Virginia Bridge to the Doctorate in Mathematics

The University of Virginia Mathematics Department invites applications for a small cohort of students in the Bridge to the Doctorate in pure mathematics. As part of a deep commitment to diversifying our graduate programs, the professoriate and the research workforce, the Bridge to the Doctorate seeks to support post-baccalaureate students from groups that are underrepresented in their disciplines and who have not had sufficient training and/or research experiences to prepare them for admission to doctoral programs. In mathematics, successful applicants will show outstanding mathematical potential and aptitude, but may have been limited by mathematics options at their undergraduate institutions, by a late start in mathematics, or other factors.


Our bridge program provides two full years of fellowship support without teaching responsibilities, for students to enroll in a customized selection of courses, guided research opportunities and UVA’s intensive graduate student professional development curriculum known as “PhD Plus.” Each bridge fellow will work individually with faculty to develop an academic plan that may include a combination of graduate and undergraduate mathematics courses, as well as development of a competitive portfolio for applying to doctoral programs.


Bridge fellows may have the opportunity to complete a master’s degree. Qualified students may be considered for promotion into UVA’s own doctoral program after the first or second year.


Students will receive $24,000 per year in living support and full payment of their tuition, fees and single-person coverage in the University’s student health insurance plan for a period of two years.


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Application deadline: March 1, 2020.