U-Rise and Bridges


CSUN has been awarded an Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-RISE) program to support research training for honors undergraduates in their last two years of their undergraduate careers. The U-RISE program at CSUN is specifically designed to prepare students to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree in basic biomedical science. Grants cover tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, and trainee-related expenses for research supplies and travel.



  • Current CSUN students considered underrepresented in the field of biomedical research as described by the National Institutes of Health  
  • A desire to obtain a Ph.D.
  • Applicant must be at least a junior and two years from graduating. 
  • Declared majors in:
    College of Science and Mathematics 
    Department of Health Sciences
    Department of Psychology
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Citizenship: The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment in the case of an institutional award. A non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the U.S. They are generally persons born in lands, which are not States, but are under U.S sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration, for example, American Samoa. An individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence must submit a notarized statement, upon activation of the award, indicating possession of the alien registration receipt card (I-151 or I-551). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for support from the NRSA. 

              *$ 14,3404 Annual (Set by NIH)
            *$ 1,200 per year
             *$ 1,000 Total Per Year Per Participant
               Program provides approximately 60% partial payment for tuition and fees.  Amount is set by the NIH.

*2023-2024 allotments - Stipend payments, supplies, and other training expenses, travel allotments and tuition/fee payments are subject to change based on level of 2024-2025 funding.