The National Science Foundation is looking to boost participation by more minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a two-year $987,000 grant to North Carolina State University.

The grant is to fund N.C. State’s Bridge to the Doctorate Program.

Twelve students will be selected and receive a $30,000 annual stipend over two years to cover tuition, fees and other expenses.

“This grant helps us attract top graduate students and boosts the presence of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines,” said Tony Mitchell, the program’s director. He also leads N.C. State’s Minority Engineering Programs and is assistant dean for student services in the College of Engineering.