BRIDGE Program

The BRIDGE (Building Research Inclusion and Diversity in Graduate Education) program aims to promote academic excellence and enhance diversity and inclusiveness in population health sciences. BRIDGE is for students and trainees underrepresented in graduate study who are seeking advanced training in population health sciences at Duke University.

Check back for informational sessions on BRIDGE soon!

Program Benefits


Training in population health sciences from the Duke Pop Health Summer Institute, Master of Science or PhD or post-doctoral training with financial support through BRIDGE. Awardees may receive:

  • Partial or full tuition scholarship for graduate study or post-doctoral training (scholarships are distributed to recipients on a pro-rated basis at the beginning of each semester contingent on maintenance of good academic standing)
  • 100% tuition for Duke Pop Health Summer Institute

Mentored Research

Participate in hands-on research activities with mentorship from top research leaders. Dedicated faculty members offer:

  • One-on-one training in a research internship or fellowship
  • Support for preparing and submitting scientific publications and external grant funding

Professional Development

Advance professionally in a supportive environment. Group learning on critical skills for advancement, including:

  • Networking and salary negotiation
  • Interview skills
  • Scientific writing

Transition Support

Grow your career with continued opportunities beyond training. Ongoing decision-making support for career transitions, including consideration around:

  • Faculty positions
  • Continued graduate education
  • Job placement

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a record of superior academic achievement and also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from a background that is underrepresented in graduate study
  • Demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity through their work or volunteer experience or leadership of student or community organizations. A commitment to diversity may include efforts to reduce health, social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender
  • Experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances
  • First generation U.S. citizen or are the first generation in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university

Application Process & Other FAQ's

The deadline to apply for BRIDGE is the same as the program deadlines for the M.S., Ph.D. and Summer Institute. For further information about financial support, please contact The Graduate School at Duke and for questions about the BRIDGE program, contact the program directors: