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Summer Bridge Program

This series of workshops is designed to introduce students from under-represented communities to the process of selecting, applying to, and preparing for success in history graduate programs. While staying on our campus from May 16-19, participants will discuss career and research trajectories, meet historians working in diverse careers, and receive training on how to complete graduate application materials; they will meet current graduate students in history and will work one-on-one with history faculty to develop research plans. 

The seminar-style setting of the Bridge Program will help participants from neighboring states develop a cohort, which we hope will foster connections that will ensure beyond the program as participants continue to share information about career prospects and possibilities, conference opportunities, and to deepen relationships around their common interests.

Participants:Students from communities that are under-represented in the historical profession are invited to apply. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age, should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and should be rising college seniors (or recent grads) with a strong interest in pursuing graduate studies in history.

Application Process: Prospective participants will send a brief prospectus stating their academic/career goals and research interests and they will provide one letter of recommendation from a faculty member with whom they have taken a history course. The application deadline is March 1, with notification of outcome by March 15.

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Lodging: Lodging is included, and covered by the College. Participants will stay at The Graduate hotel, right off of campus.

Meals:Meals are included and covered by the College. Participants will receive UTK meal cards. 

Stipends: We have budgeted for participant stipends, travel vouchers, and meal per diems. Stipends are $250.00 per participant who completes the program. Participants who apply to UT’s graduate program in history will also receive application fee waivers when applying to graduate school.

Entertainment: Because we want participants to love the Vol experience as much as we do, we have designed evening entertainments. In addition to welcome and closing receptions, we have planned a graduate student evening of dinner and a movie and an evening cruise on the Tennessee River sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Engagement.

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