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 2018, we are asking
the applicants to complete their application by February 1, 2018. An early application is strongly encouraged.
The application process is as follows.
Via an e-mail to Prof. Aktosun
, 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)
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
For inquiries or further information about our NSF Bridge program
you may contact
Dr. Tuncay Aktosun
Prof. Jianzhong Su
Our NSF Bridge program is managed by a team consisting of Profs. Jianzhong Su,
Ren-Cang Li, and
Last modified: October 19, 2017