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SoTxDoctoral Bridge

What is the South Texas Doctoral Bridge program?

The South Texas Doctoral Bridge program is a partnership between Texas State University in San Marcos (Master’s degree granting institution) and UT Health at San Antonio (Doctoral degree granting institution). Together, we work to provide master’s level students with the necessary academic preparation and skills to facilitate their successful transition into research-intensive PhD programs in the biomedical sciences.  The South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to promote the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups in the pursuit of advanced degrees in biomedical research. To support this effort, we provide financial and academic support, and professional development activities to support students during their Master’s degree at Texas State University to prepare them to transition to a biomedical PhD program at UT Health or any PhD granting institution.

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


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


Learn more about the program (eligibility and requirements)

Download the brochure

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Bridge students




NIH provided funding for the South TX Doctoral Bridge program