UCLA Competitive Edge: Summer Transition Program to the Doctorate

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Program Description

The Competitive Edge program is funded by the UCLA Graduate Division . This program is for newly admitted, entering doctoral students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a strong interest in pursuing a faculty or research position. The objective is to provide awardees with research and professional development experiences to enhance their success in UCLA STEM doctoral programs. Competitive Edge is six weeks of full-time, faculty-guided research and mentoring, as well as academic and professional workshops.

Continuation of this program is contingent on funding availability.


  • Individuals whose backgrounds are underrepresented in STEM
  • Strong interest in pursuing a university and/or research career
  • Accepted admission to a UCLA STEM doctoral program
  • U.S. citizen, national, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540

How To Apply

Nominations will take place through your department. Please contact your Student Affairs Officer if you are interested in being nominated.

For Further Information Contact

Estevan Hernández, Manager of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives at: (310) 825-3953 or via e-mail: ehernandez@grad.ucla.edu