NSPIRE Bridge-to-PhD program is currently taking applications

7 February 2024

Fully funded opportunity for post-baccalaureates

1. Earth Science REU at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Deadline February 22, 2024

2. For graduating seniors (Deadline March 1, 2024):

The INSPIRE Bridge-to-PhD program is currently taking applications for the next cohort of four INSPIRE Bridge Scholars!  Applications are submitted via Columbia University’s Bridge-to-PhD Program.

The Bridge-to-PhD Program is a two-year, non-degree program that provides research and academic experiences to post-baccalaureates who intend to enter STEM graduate programs.  This program aims to increase acceptance to and demystify the research activities associated with doctoral programs.  

Please share this email, links and attachments with any post-baccalaureate who would like to move towards a PhD program in the future and who would benefit from a fully funded, 2 year, post-bacc pre-PhD program here. 

If you are participating in any conferences this month please consider spreading the word about the INSPIRE Bridge-to-PhD program and let me know if you have questions or would like additional information!

Program Eligibility

Bridge Scholar applicants must have:

  • A four-year degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • A desire to apply to Ph.D. Programs after completing the Bridge Program
  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident status. 

The application to the INSPIRE Bridge-to-PhD program can be accessed by either site:

*Applications close on March 1, 2024*


Implementing Novel Solutions for Promoting Cultural Change In Geoscience Research & Education

INSPIRE is a five-year program that began in November 2022. It is funded through NSF’s Cultural Transformation in the Geoscience Community Program. INSPIRE is implementing a multi-faceted solution for transforming culture, shifting power, and authentically engaging underserved communities within earth, environmental, and climate sciences. The program offers research experience, training and mentoring for participants in two early-career cohorts: (1) post-baccalaureate Bridge-to-PhD Scholars and (2) early-career Visiting Fellows. Individuals from both cohorts will engage with researchers at Lamont and within the Columbia Climate School.  The INSPIRE community-focused summer program, led by partners at New York City College of Technology, will offer participants an opportunity to share earth and climate science with local communities and to engage in earth/climate science research co-design.