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Clemson University Bridge to Doctorate Program

About the program

The National Science Foundations’ Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program has awarded $1 million to establish the inaugural Clemson University Bridge to Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Program (CUBD). Through this funding, along with additional resources provided by the University, full financial support will be provided to a cohort of 12 incoming underrepresented Ph.D. students enrolled in select programs in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS) or the College of Science.

The CUBD cohort will be comprised of diverse scientific leaders with expertise in advanced materials research. This effort will drive fundamental advances in inorganic and organic materials to inform and define future research directions for developing advanced materials and systems across a spectrum of applications.

CUBD Team from left to right: Dr. Oliver Myers, Tonyia Stewart, Dr. Cindy Lee and Dr. Rajendra Bordia.


Oliver J. Myers, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Inclusive Excellence for Undergraduate Studies, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Tonyia Stewart, M.Ed. 

Director for Graduate Recruitment & Inclusion, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Cindy Lee, Ph.D.

Chair,   Department of Engineering & Science Education
Professor,  Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Rajendra K. Bordia, Ph.D.

George J. Bishop, III Chair Professor of Ceramics and Materials Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering


  • $32,000 stipend for student's first two years of education and research through the NSF’s funding.
  • The University will cover the cost of education and fees for student's remaining three years at Clemson.
  • Faculty and peer mentoring, advising and advocacy.
  • A built-in network for professional development and support.
  • Access to leaders from Clemson’s STEM ALL-IN program.
  • Dedicated research advisor.


We are currently not accepting applications at this time - Please check back January 2024 for Fall opportunities.

Students will begin in the Summer or Fall 2022 semester in one of 12 programs available. Those interested in participating in the ’22 CUBD cohort must meet the following admissions requirements:


  1. Verified participation in LSAMP Undergraduate programs.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in STEM discipline.
  3. 3.4 minimum GPA.
  4. Admitted to Clemson University STEM Ph.D. program.
  5. U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

Meet our Bridge to Doctorate students:


  • Vincent and Jasmine Davidson
  • Deon Wallace, Jr
  • Jesus Badal
  • Ryan Mbagna-Nanko
  • Sevrina Tekle
  • Makayla Headley
  • Destinee Cooper


  • Jakini Kauba
  • Brandon Sanders
  • Ryan Watts
  • Samirah Muhammad

Their Stories:


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NSF information

About the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation:

The LSAMP program honors the life and legacy of Congressman Louis Stokes.  He was the first African-American congressman in Ohio who was a champion for the social and economic justice and was a tireless advocate for expanding opportunities for underrepresented groups.  Clemson University is proud to have been selected to continue the commitment and legacy of Congressman Stokes through this Bridge to Doctorate Program.