California Pre-Doctoral Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages, placing special emphasis on those who enter doctoral programs at UC campuses. Applicants work closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan leading ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program.

Those who are selected as Pre-Doctoral Scholars will be awarded $3,000 to be used as outlined in the above-mentioned plan, which may include application fees, test fees, membership in professional organizations, and travel to doctoral granting institutions or professional conferences. Up to $500 in additional funds may be provided to the faculty mentor for joint travel. The program also provides summer research internship opportunities at doctoral granting institutions. Students participating in the summer internship component are matched with professors according to their areas of interest.

Eligibility:  Junior, senior, and graduate students in the CSU, especially those from environments where university teaching is not a common career goal.

To Apply:  Applications will become available in mid-November, 2015 for download from this page. The application cannot be submitted online, but may be downloaded and typed for submission. Transcripts are also required. Submit applications and transcripts to the Graduate Studies Office, Stevenson 1041.

For more information and specific requirements for application to the Pre-Doctoral Program at SSU, contact the Graduate Studies Office by phone (664-2237) by email,

More Information: For detailed information on the program, click the link below.