APS Bridge Program

Mission Statement

The APS Bridge Program is an effort with the National Science Foundation to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students, including Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students.

The goal of the program is to:

  1. Increase the number of physics PhD’s awarded to URM students to match the fraction of physics bachelor's degrees granted to these groups
  2. Foster widespread adoption of inclusive practices in physics graduate programs to reduce inequities and benefit all students
  3. Build knowledge of inclusive practices and institutional change strategies
  4. Support URM students throughout their educational careers to professional employment through partnerships with aligned programs and organizations

Inclusive Graduate Education Network

The APS Bridge Program is a part of the larger Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), a partnership of over 30 societies, institutions, organizations, corporations, and national laboratories poised to lead a paradigm shift in increasing the participation of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority (UREM) students who enter graduate or doctorate level programs in the physical sciences.

Visit the IGEN site for more information

Student Application

The ideal candidate for this program is an underrepresented minority student that is a current or former undergraduate physics major, who for various reasons does not have the necessary coursework, research experience, or guidance to successfully apply for admission and complete a physics PhD program.

Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in the spring for the next cycle's application.


For general inquiries, contact us at bridgeprogram@aps.org.

Meet the APS Bridge Team

NSFThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0958333. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.