The California Pre-Doctoral program is designed to increase diversity within the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students in the CSU.
What the California Pre-Doctoral Program Offers
In 2013-14, the California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 75 juniors, seniors and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable current students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and made to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The successful applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
The Role of California State University Faculty
CSU faculty members are an integral component of this program as they will work closely with you to prepare you for graduate studies.
Any CSU faculty member may identify and sponsor a promising upper-division undergraduate or master's degree student to the Pre-Doctoral Program. As a student adviser, the faculty member guides you through the program, and, depending upon your interest, may accompany you to UC and other doctoral-granting campuses for site visits, or to national symposia or professional meetings which expose you to your field of interest. The adviser may help acquaint you with information about academic careers, identify appropriate journal subscriptions and learning experiences, and ensure that you are prepared for doctoral study.