The NSF Bridge-to-Math-Doctorate program in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, allows qualified undergraduate seniors to spend 12 months at UT Arlington while being a full-time student at their own home institution and provides a stipend of $10,000 for the year. The participating seniors are mentored and involved in coursework during the two academic semesters and research in the summer with the goal of preparation for doctoral studies.

The NSF Bridge program also allows qualified beginning graduate students to participate in a two-semester academic program with a minimum stipend of $16,500 and tuition support, with the possibility of summer participation with additional financial support.

The goal of the NSF Bridge program is to prepare the participants for doctoral programs in the mathematical sciences through preparatory coursework and mentoring. The participants are mentored to apply to doctoral institutions in the mathematical sciences to start a Ph.D. program after their involvement in the NSF Bridge program. The program will run for three onsecutive years, with 10 participants (including both seniors and beginning graduate students) each year.

Students from underrepresented minority groups and from the Gulf State Math Alliance institutions are especially encouraged to apply. In order to qualify for admission to the program, a student must:
  • be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • commit to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the mathematical sciences
  • be a senior math major or a beginning graduate student
  • be enrolled full-time during the program's two academic semesters
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • We are currently accepting applications to our program. To start the program in August 2017, we are asking the applicants to complete their application by February 1, 2017. An early application is strongly encouraged. The application process is as follows. Via an e-mail to Prof. Aktosun at, please send us the following:
  • The transcripts (at this stage it is okay to have non-official transcripts)
  • A personal statement (this does not have to be in a perfect form)
  • A resume
  • Names and e-mail addresses of three references

    If we need any clarification or further information, we will request them by e-mail. After viewing the application materials, we will communicate with each applicant by e-mail and set up a skype interview.

    For inquiries or further information about our NSF Bridge program you may contact Dr. Tuncay Aktosun (e-mail: or Prof. Jianzhong Su (e-mail:

    Our NSF Bridge program is managed by a team consisting of Profs. Jianzhong Su, Theresa Jorgensen, David Jorgensen, Ren-Cang Li, and Tuncay Aktosun.

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    Last modified: December 20, 2016