Are you a talented student from a historically underrepresented minority group with a STEM degree? If so, STARS Fellowships, initially funded by the National Science Foundation, are available to help you earn a doctorate.  Apply now to the Strategic Advancement of Rising Scholars (STARS) Fellowship Bridge to the Doctorate program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Northeastern is a global, experiential R1 research university with selective PhD programs that prepare students to become knowledge creators in high-demand fields. All programs are distinguished by outstanding faculty, resources that foster interdisciplinary study, and research that is use-inspired – designed to address urgent societal challenges.

Accepting applications now!

STARS Fellows receive these resources:

  • Two full years of PhD Fellowship funding plus an additional three years of additional support through research and teaching assistantships.
  • Tuition, fees, Health insurance and a competitive stipend
  • Funds for travel and participation in national conferences
  • Professional and career development
  • Faculty advising and a mentoring support network

Apply today!

Positions open until filled.

  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Participants shall be from one or more traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Participated in an LSAMP program as an undergraduate student
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a STEM field
  • Acceptance into an eligible STEM graduate program at Northeastern University – applicants are encouraged to apply for this Fellowship concurrently
  • Intention to pursue a PhD in a STEM discipline


  • Visit to explore degree programs
  • Complete the PhD Fellowship interest form below
  • Apply to the graduate program
  • Application fees will be waived for eligible students
  • Interested applicants are encouraged to submit the form below.



The STARS Fellowship program was created by the National Science Foundation LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program (NSF Award #HRD-1812412), which is committed to engaging students from historically underrepresented minority groups (African American, Native American, and Latino) in graduate study within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields of study. In 2022 the National Science Foundation funded a second LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program (NSF Award #HRD-2204746) to Grow the STARS Fellowship program.

Eno Ebong faculty in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University
Penny Beuning (purple sweater) and Mary Jo Ondrechen (black blazer) Northeastern chemistry and chemical biology professors received an NSF grant to study enzyme activity in lab and computationally.
Nasir Abayomi Yussuf, PhD’19 works on nanorods in Professor Hanchen Huang’s lab in the Northeastern University Egan Engineering/Science Research Center. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Jonathan Esole, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics was named a Next Einstein Fellow for 2017-2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Biology Professor Rebeca Rosengaus studies insect disease vectors, sustainable methods of stopping the spread of West Nile Virus, and the role of global warming in bringing tropical (and malaria-carrying) mosquito species further north, potentially increasing the incidence of malaria in new areas.