CSU Pre-Doctoral Program

About the CSU Pre-Doctoral Program

In 2020-21​, the California Pre-Doctoral Program awarded 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 given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while experiencing economic or educational disadvantage, as well as committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. All matriculated students enrolled on a CSU campus are eligible to participate.

Participant Eligibility

Applicants to the California Pre-Doctoral Program must be matriculated upper-division or master's degree students who are enrolled at a CSU institution as of Spring 2020 and who will also be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least the fall semester (or quarter term) of the academic year 2020-2021.

All CSU students, with the exception of CSU international students, are eligible to apply. Current or previous Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to re-apply. Each applicant must have a faculty mentor from the student’s home campus who will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application. The program is designed for students interested in obtaining research doctorates. Students interested in obtaining professional masters or doctoral degrees (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or an MBA degree, for example) are not eligible.

How to Apply

Please contact Dr. Claudia Garcia Des-Lauriers or Won Choi to initiate the application process. They are the coordinators for the Pre-Doctoral Program at Cal Poly Pomona who advise CPP students on the application process. Membership in the Kellogg Honors College is not required to apply to the Pre-Doctoral Program. The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars are selected by a committe at the CSU Chancellor's Office. For more information visit the Pre-Doctoral Program website. The internal Cal Poly Pomona campus deadline is February 5.