The NSF Bridge-to-Math-Doctorate program in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington allows qualified students who have completed a bachelor's degree (or who will have a bachelor's degree by the time they start the Bridge program) to participate in a two-semester academic program with a minimum stipend of $19,250 and full-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.

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 have already a bachelor's degree in mathematics
  • intend to be enrolled full-time during the Bridge program's two academic semesters
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • We are currently accepting applications to our Bridge program. To start the program in August 2025, we are asking the applicants to complete their application by February 1, 2025. 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 explain how to proceed further for a formal application to the UT Arlington Graduate School.

    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: July 8, 2024