The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows Program is an initiative from the Graduate School or Arts and Sciences at UVA. It was developed out of a deep commitment to diversifying UVA’s graduate programs, the professoriate and the research workforce. It seeks to support post-baccalaureate students from groups that are underrepresented in their disciplines and who have not had sufficient training and research experiences to prepare them for admission to doctoral programs.
The Anthropology Department at the University of Virginia encourages underrepresented students that would like to pursue a doctorate in anthropology to apply to Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows program.
The Program will support post-baccalaureate students from groups that are underrepresented in Anthropology and who have not had sufficient training and research experiences to prepare them for admission to a doctoral program. Through the Bridge Program, we will provide students an opportunity to prepare for admission to a graduate program in archaeological, linguistic, or socio-cultural Anthropology.
The Bridge Program provides two full years of fellowship support for students to enroll in a combination of courses, supervised research, and UVA’s intensive graduate student professional development curriculum known as “PhD Plus.” There are no teaching responsibilities.
For information on our graduate program in Anthropology, please see our page on the Graduate Program in Anthropology Overview.
Students will receive $30,000 per year in living support and full payment of their tuition, fees and single-person coverage in the University’s student health insurance plan for a period of two years.
Each bridge fellow will work individually with faculty to develop a customized academic plan that will identify opportunities for additional coursework, that will develop research skills specific to the anthropological subfield the fellows wished to specialize in, and will develop a competitive portfolio for applying to doctoral programs.
For more information on the requirements to apply, see the Bridge to the Doctorate program website.
For admission to the Anthropology Bridge Program, students should have a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to potential faculty mentors to discuss possibilities for collaboration and mentoring before applying.
Applicants and who seek additional information regarding this program are welcome to contact Sylvia Tidey, the faculty liaison for Anthropology, as well as Jasmine Crenshaw, director of diversity programs in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs; Keisha John, associate dean for diversity and inclusion; and China Scherz, associate dean for graduate programs.