Bridge Program

The Departments of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University have a two-year post-baccalaureate program. This program is designed to increase the diversity of candidates who aim to enter graduate school, at Princeton or elsewhere, and would benefit from an additional two years of post-baccalaureate research and class work before beginning graduate school. We especially encourage historically underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy to apply. Students will receive the same support as a first year graduate student. The application deadline is March 1, 2019 . Application details are given below. There is no application fee.

For details of the program in Astrophysics, please visit . The application process is similar for both.

The Program in Physics 

The post-baccalaureate program has the following features:
  • Two year program.
  • Advanced undergraduate classes or graduate classes in statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, classical mechanics and other advanced topics.
  • Participate in independent research with one of the research groups. See the department web sites for information on research activities in the departments:
  •  Full academic year (10 month) stipend, full tuition waiver, full summer stipend and $2,000 research and travel fund.

In partnership with the American Physical Society 


There are two ways to apply: 

  1. Through the graduate school application process Bridge program candidates will be selected from the applicant pool. 
  2. Apply online though

The following are required:  

  • A one-to-two page resume or curriculum vitae which lists your contact information, education, awards, relevant research experience and accomplishments.
  • Statement of research interests that includes your career goals and what you hope to accomplish through this program.
  • Statement on your vision of diversity, and what perspectives you will bring to this program.
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcript(s).
  • For the Physics Department we need a scanned copy of your GRE scores for both the general test and the physics subject test.  For the Department of Astrophysical Sciences the GRE scores are requested but not required. • Three letters of recommendation upload to the site. These should be sent separately by those making the recommendations.

Further Information 

Please contact Professors Herman Verlinde & Jim Olsen (Physics Department:, and Professor Jeremy Goodman (Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences: for further information about the Physics and Astronomy Departments respectively.