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South Texas Doctoral Bridge


South TX Doc Bridge logo with partner university logos

What is the South Texas Doctoral Bridge program?

The South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), promotes the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups in the pursuit of advanced degrees in biomedical research by providing financial and academic support, and professional development activities. The program is a partnership between University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and Texas State University in San Marcos.

To participate in the program, you must also be enrolled as a master's student at Texas State University.

Students at TXState University on the quad

How do Bridge Scholars benefit from the program?

Bridge Scholars will receive the following from the South Texas Doctoral Bridge program:

Financial support during master's studies:

  • Tuition reimbursement for up to 2 yrs of M.S. program
  • Wages from graduate research assistantship, currently valued at $19,065 annually
  • Travel funds to present research at state or national meetings (up to $1500)

Preparation to improve competitiveness for admission to Ph.D. programs:

  • Access to career-development activities designed to increase strength of application
  • GRE and interview preparation
  • Individualized career mentoring and guidance


Read more about the program (e.g., eligibility, program requirements)

Download the brochure

I'm interested! How do I apply?

I have a question. Who should I contact?

TxState campus bridge

NIH provided funding for the South TX Doctoral Bridge program