Welcome to the realm of possibility.

Are you Deaf or hard of hearing? Do you want to become a scientist?  With the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program, getting a doctorate degree is now more possible than ever.

Program Intro

Deaf scientists are already out there, however…

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.

Doctoral Preparation

  • RIT Master’s degree in a science discipline
  • Three or more Doctoral-level courses
  • Multiple graduate research rotations

Degree Programs

Navigational Guidance

  • Personalized career development plan
  • Scientific and academic mentors
  • Deaf graduate and doctoral peer mentors

Meet the Team

Financial Support

  • Tuition paid- 90% first year, 72% second year
  • Conference travel funds
  • Two-years of paid research assistantships


Apply Today to Make Your Science Doctorate a Reality

Each year we will select three students who are beginning their Master’s degree, or are in a BS/MS program, at RIT.  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 professional, discipline-based conferences.

Who Are We?

The Bridges team is comprised of world-renowned researchers – each with their own labs – many who have experience working with Deaf people.  As a Bridges Scholar, you will have the opportunity to garner scientific experience within these labs. The team will collaborate with you on your quest to emerge as a Deaf scientist.

Meet the Team

What’s Happening?

Dr. Wyatte Hall, WoW Presentation!

Dr. Wyatte Hall, WoW Presentation!

Dr. Wyatte C. Hall Wyatte C. Hall, Ph.D.is a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Within the National Center for Deaf Health Research and the Public Health Sciences department, he...

Brienna Herold, 1st year Scholar, at WSDM18

Brienna Herold, 1st year Scholar, at WSDM18

Brienna Herold attended her first conference as a Bridges Scholar in Los Angeles, CA, February 5-9th.  She learned a lot of information applicable to her current lab rotation at the Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2018 conference! Image Description: female with...