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Application Process

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Funds are provided for two years of graduate study through the National Institute of Health (NIH) with the objective to broaden participation of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It seeks to remove students’ hesitancy about entering graduate school and the concurrent fear of creating additional financial indebtedness.  However, students must meet the following requirements to be considered:

Application Requirements

● Students with a previously completed B.A./B.S. degree pertaining to Biomedical Science fields (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry).  

● Required GPA: 3.00*

● Students interested in Biomedical Sciences

● Students must intend to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. joint degree in Biomedical Sciences upon completion of the EKU M.S. degree

● Underrepresented Students - Native Appalachian**, Hispanic, African American, Native American, Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander, disabled, low income†‡

● Submit a complete Graduate Packet that contains:

(1) EKU Bridge Program Application ( pdf / doc ) - email completed application to (Note: In order for you to be admitted to the Bridge program, you must also be accepted by EKU's Graduate School).

(2) Email two reference letters ( pdf / doc ) to

(3) EKU Graduate School Application - submit online

Students will be admitted only in the Fall semester. The deadline to apply is June 1st. Early applications are highly recommended. Applications received after June 1st may be accepted if positions are available. (email questions to

* Students who do not meet the minimum requirements maybe considered under special circumstances. Contact the Bridge Program for questions regarding eligibility.

To confirm your eligibility in terms of underrepresented status, and academic preparation needed to succeed in this program, you could fill-out the brief preliminary application and email it together with a scanned copy of your transcript(s) from your bachelor’s degree to We will screen this preliminary application to let you know whether you are eligible to proceed with a formal application by submitting the complete Graduate Packet.

**To be eligible as Native Appalachian the students should have graduated high-school from an Appalachian county.

Appalachian Counties in Kentucky: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.

Refer to for Appalachian Counties outside of Kentucky.

† Documentation will be required to prove eligibility under disabled and low income categories

‡ Students who qualify under low income category are Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below the established low income thresholds. These thresholds published annually are available at Contact the Bridge program if you need help determining your eligibility under this criterion. To be eligible, you should be able to demonstrate that you have qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance, or you have received any of the following student loans: Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program, or you have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.

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