How to Apply


BRIDGES is an NSF-funded interdisciplinary graduate training program in ecosystem genomics that trains diverse students to communicate (1) across the entire “genes-to-ecosystems” scale, and (2) among the different cultures of science and the people that practice science, to solve real world problems that matter.

Opportunity and Eligibility

All who are applying to one of UA’s seven graduate programs (EEB, SPLS, ENVS, BE, HAS, SNRE, EIS) for matriculation in fall 2021 are encouraged to apply to join NSF BRIDGES’ first training cohort! U.S. Citizens and permanent residents are also eligible to apply to competitive NRT fellowships of $34,000 per year for up to two years. Those not eligible for fellowships are nonetheless encouraged to apply to our program, to avail themselves of the program’s benefits including interdisciplinary training, travel funding, and opportunities in professional development, and outreach. BRIDGES (and accepting home departments) will work with accepted International students to identify possible paths of funding support.

Before Applying

Finding a graduate program and faculty mentor(s) and research group that aligns with your interests is crucial for success in graduate school. Before applying to BRIDGES, please learn about our research groups and mentors by looking at their websites and contacting prospective mentor(s) whose interests most closely relate to yours. If you are unsure who to contact, please email the BRIDGES program manager.

To Apply

Fill out an application by clicking the Apply Now button below. The application includes a ½-to-1 page statement of interest in the BRIDGES program plus a 1-2 page statement of your research interests, a CV or resume, and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Applications for fellowship funding received by December 1, 2020 will have priority, but we will consider applications on a rolling basis if fellowships remain available.

Need more information?

Interested applicants should contact Heather Ingram at