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HI Bridge to Academia Fellowship Program

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HI Bridge to Academia Fellowship Program Description and Components

Thank you for your interest in participating in the HI Bridge to Academia Fellowship Program.

This project seeks to create pathways to degree completion and the professoriate for doctoral fellows and faculty teaching at HBCUs and other higher education institutions. The Alliance’s HBCU Instructors Bridge to Academia Project (HI Bridge) consists of model activities identified from the literature as significant to supporting doctoral students in being fully socialized into the academy. 

The HI Bridge Fellowship Program is a cohort program in which, during each year, 12 ABD candidates who are instructors at HBCUs, will be engaged in career preparation activities such as research seminars, research advising, faculty mentoring, research presentations, peer collaboration, networking, early career professional development sessions, and alumni follow-up meetings.  These activities are designed to support the candidates in completing their PhDs, and also prepare them for success in their faculty careers.

The HI Bridge Fellowship program is two years in duration and features a one year Research and Scholarship phase as well as a one year Early Career Faculty phase. There will be three cohorts in total (‘20-‘21, ‘21-‘22, and ’22-’23). HI Bridge Fellows receive:

  • Research advising
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Peer cohort
  • Networking opportunities
  • $2,000 yearly stipend ($4,000 across two years)
  • VT Summer Institute travel and lodging
    • Research presentations
    • Professional development opportunities
  • Certificate of Completion
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Who Should Apply?

Please consider submitting an application to the HI Bridge to Academia Fellowship Program. Priority applicant criteria are as follows:

  • Individuals working as instructors at HBCUs 
  • Individuals majoring in a STEM approved field of study
  • Individuals who have completed all coursework (non-dissertation) in their doctoral program. 
  • Individuals in academic good standing for completing a PhD. 
  • Individuals motivated to complete doctoral programs of study. 
  • Individuals interested in expanding upon knowledge and skills for achieving success as a tenure track faculty member.

Application Process

To complete the HI Bridge to Academia Fellowship Application you will need to upload the following documents directly into the online application:

  • C/V
  • Unofficial transcript
  • If you have any questions, please email

Interested in applying? Click the link below. Applications will remain open until the cohort is filled.


  • Applications for the HI Bridge to Academia Fellowship program are open. If you have any questions please email
  • The HI Bridge to Academia Summer Research Institute. We will be conducting a virtual HI Bridge to  Academia Fellowship Conference on July 11-13. During this conference, fellows will be presenting their research and participating in professional development activities designed to prepare their careers as faculty scholars.
  • HI Bridge to Academia Summer Writing Challenge. We will be facilitating a writing group this summer for HI Bridge to Academia Fellows from June-August, 2021. This summer writing program will focus on dissertation work and publications.
  • HI Bridge to Academia Fellowship Highlights. We would like to acknowledge three of our HI Bridge to Academia Fellows that have successfully defended their dissertation. Congratulations to Lewis Lott, Elise Simmons, and Melissa Weir!

Meet the Fellows!

** Coming soon!