CSU Pre-Doctoral Program

About the CSU Pre-Doctoral Program

In 2019-20, the California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 70 juniors, seniors, and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable these 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 having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the university level. All matriculated upper division and graduate students, with the exception of International students, are encouraged to apply.

Program Details

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool from which the California State University draws its faculty. It does so by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. A special emphasis is placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs at one of the University of California campuses.

Each of the applicants selected will be designated a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar and will work closely with a CSU faculty mentor to develop an overall plan that leads to enrollment in a doctoral program. The plan should be tailored to the specific goals and career objectives of the student.

In addition the program provides:

  1. Travel Funds for the student to visit U.S. doctoral-granting institutions and/or to attend professional meetings appropriate to the student's development.
  2. Development Funds for other related activities, such as student membership in professional organizations, subscriptions to academic journals, graduate school applications and test fees, GRE preparation, and the cost of minor research materials, for example.
  3. A Summer Research Experience opportunity at a University of California campus or other U.S. major research university, fully funded by the Pre-Doctoral Program, so that the scholar can participate in doctoral-level research prior to applying to a Ph.D. program.

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 2019 and who will also be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least the fall semester (or quarter term) of the academic year 2019-20.

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.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected on the basis of three major criteria: potential for success in completing a doctoral program, probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan, and level of economic and educational disadvantage.

How to Apply

Please contact Dr. Suketu Bhavsar or Won Choi to initiate the application process. They are the coordinators for the Pre-Doctoral Program at Cal Poly Pomona. They are responsible for advising CPP students and provide access to the Pre-Doctoral Program application submission webpage. The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars are selected by a committe at the CSU Chancellor's Office. For more information contact the CPP campus coordinators or visit the Pre-Doctoral Program website at http://www.calstate.edu/predoc.