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The mission of Cal-Bridge is to increase the number of California State University (CSU) students completing their bachelor's degree and successfully entering a PhD program to study physics, astronomy, or a closely related field. Applicants will be evaluated for admission into Cal-Bridge based on their academic ability, potential, motivation to attend graduate school, and financial need. Students admitted to the program will become “Cal-Bridge Scholars”.

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Program Highlights

  • Full scholarship* support for the final two years at a participating CSU, based on demonstrated need
  • An additional year of scholarship funding to help cover first-year cost of graduate school at a participating UC campus
  • Mentoring from CSU and UC faculty team
  • Participation in professional development workshops geared toward success in completing undergraduate degree and entering graduate school
  • Opportunities to participate in research with CSU and UC faculty
  • Participation in STEM enrichment activities in a nurturing, friendly environment with other like-minded young scholars from across the CSU and UC systems


*Selected Cal-Bridge scholars attending a participating CSU will receive full scholarship support (upto $10,000) for up to their last two years of attendance at their home institution, to the extent allowed by their demonstrated financial need as determined by the financial aid office at their home institution.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Cal-Bridge, an applicant must be:

  • Currently enrolled in a participating CSU or currently enrolled in a participating community college and expecting to transfer to a participating CSU in the coming Fall (see Participating Schools for a complete list). Acceptance to Cal-Bridge is contingent on acceptance and enrollment to a participating CSU by the Fall of the Cal-Bridge application year.
  • Majoring in physics or astronomy
  • Enrolled in 2nd and 3rd year physics classes
  • Demonstrating academic ability and potential
  • Motivated to attend graduate school to study physics, astronomy or related fields at a participating UC or another institution

Application Information & Supporting Documents

  • Please fill out the application questions with your name and contact information (address/cell phone/preferred email)
  • Contact information of two (2) faculty members who will provide recommendation letters.
  • Academic information (major, overall GPA, etc.)
  • Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted)
  • Three short essays (250-500 words each)
  • The two (2) faculty members providing letters for you must upload their letters themselves.
  • Please do not upload password-protected documents

Note: Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive financial aid, but non-citizens selected to be Cal-Bridge scholars may receive all the other benefits of the program. In addition, sometimes private donations make it possible to give financial aid to non-citizens, and all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

If you are experiencing difficulties with the web application or have questions, please send email to for assistance.