Welcome to the realm of possibility.
Are you Deaf or hard of hearing? Want to become a scientist? With the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program, getting a doctorate degree is now more possible than ever.
Deaf scientists are already out there.
While the number of deaf scientists is increasing, there is a still a shortage, as deaf scientists are underrepresented in the behavioral or biomedical sciences. The University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology have partnered together and established the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program to address this gap. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, our program aims to train and prepare eligible students while they are in one of the approved master’s degree programs at RIT. Our program aims to increase the readiness of eligible Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who plan to apply to a doctoral level program in a behavioral or biomedical science discipline.
You will be offered guidance on how to enroll in the University of Rochester doctorate programs, as well as opportunities for internships at U of R labs.
Connect with Mentors
As a Bridges Scholar, you receive the support of your peers and Deaf and hard of hearing faculty. You’ll also learn strategies from others who have gone before you.
The program covers some of the Scholars’ Masters’ tuition and offers funds for school supplies, conference travel, and paid research assistantships.
Apply Today to Make Your Science Doctorate a Reality
We will select three students each year to come to RIT for their Master’s degree. As a Bridges
Scholar, you will receive focused training to better prepare for entrance into your chosen
doctoral program, gain laboratory experience, and have the opportunity to present at