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California Pre-Doctoral Program

If you are exploring whether a doctoral program is the right path for you OR you intend to pursue a doctorate once you graduate from CSUN, you should consider applying to the California Pre-Doctoral Program. 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 graduate 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 sponsor to develop an overall plan which prepares the student for enrollment in a doctoral program. The plan should be tailored to the specific goals and career objectives of the student.

Interested students must attend one of the Info Sessions in order to apply.  Once you have attended an Info Session, you will be granted access to the applicant Canvas site, where you will complete your application prior to the campus deadline of January 6, 2023.

Program Provides

  • Travel Funds for the student to visit U.S. doctoral-granting institutions and/or to attend a professional meeting appropriate to the student's development.
  • Funds for other related activities, such as student membership in professional organizations and subscriptions to journals, graduate school application and test fees, GRE preparation, and the cost of minor research materials.
  • A Summer Research experience at a University of California campus or other major research university, fully funded by the Pre-Doctoral Program, so that the Scholar can participate in doctoral-level research.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Eligibility is limited to junior, senior and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at any one of the CSU campuses at the time of application. At the time of award, applicants must be matriculated into a degree program and be enrolled in one semester or two quarters during the award year.
  • 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.
  • Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor who will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application.

Not Eligible

  • International students
  • Current or previous California Pre-Doctoral Scholars

Students interested in obtaining professional degrees (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or an MBA degree) are not eligible.

Student Informational Workshop

All Info Sessions are on Zoom and you will receive a link prior to the workshop.
Click HERE to RSVP.

  • Sunday, November 13th: 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Friday, November 18th: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 7th: 10:00am-11:00am
  • Sunday, December 11th: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Student Writing Workshop

All Info Sessions are on Zoom and you will receive a link prior to the workshop.
Click HERE to RSVP.

Special Note: Only students who have attended an Info Session may participate in the Writing Workshop.

  • Wednesday, November 16th: 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Thursday, December 15th from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Faculty Commitment to Mentor

If you are interested in becoming a California Pre-Doc faculty mentor, please click HERE to complete the Commitment to Mentor form.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, please visit the California Pre-Doctoral Program's website.