Cal-Bridge creates opportunities for historically underrepresented groups, including women, underrepresented minorities (URMs), members of the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities, and first generation students, to participate and advance in STEM fields including physics, astronomy, computer science, and computer engineering, to increase their numbers in PhD programs targeting our UC and other partner institutions.

Forty percent (40%) of Cal-Bridge scholars identify as women, whereas only 20% of PhD earners in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science or Engineering are women. Similarly, almost 60% of our scholars identify as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Native American, while only 6% of Physics & Astronomy and ~10% of Computer Science & Engineering PhDs identify with those groups. Our scholars come from CSU campuses across California and enroll in PhD programs across the country.

Apply to Cal-Bridge Program

Students interested in earning a PhD in physics, astronomy, computer sicence/engineering or closely related field should apply to Cal-Bridge.

The application deaadline for this year is April 10, 2024. Click the button below to learn more about the program.

Cal-Bridge Summer Research

Participate in cutting edge research in astronomy, physics, planetary and space science, or astrobiology, at one of 15 world class research institutions. 

Application deadline is February 1 of each year. Click the button below to learn more about the program.

Science by Diverse Scientists

The Cal-Bridge Science by Diverse Scientists speaker series highlights the scientific contributions of minoritized members of the physics and astronomy community (including Cal-Bridge alumni).