Graduate Studies

  • Student Funding banner

California Pre-Doctoral Program

CSUN Application Deadline: Friday, February 7th, 2020

CLICK HERE to view this year's flyer 

Students must attend an informational workshop in order to apply to this program.
Current workshop dates:
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019; 10am - 11:30am (UN 277)
Thursday, November 21st, 2019; 10am - 11:30am (UN 277)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019; 10am - 11:30am (UN 211)

Please click HERE to register for a workshop

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 leads ultimately 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:

  • 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.

General 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. International students are not eligible to apply.
  • 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.
  • Current or previous California Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  • Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor 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 degrees (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or an MBA degree) are not eligible.

For more information about the program, please visit