Eligibility is limited to junior, senior and graduate students that are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at any one of the CSU campuses at the time of application. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Announcements and application forms for the program are circulated each year in early December through the office of each campus Pre-Doctoral Program Coordinator.
As part of the application process, applicants must work closely with a home campus CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan leading ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program. This plan is tailored to the applicant's specific goals and educational objectives. Activities specified in the plan are undertaken during the award year (quarter or semester academic calendar).
Applications are due to the CSU Office of the Chancellor in early April each year - see application for due date. However, they must be submitted to the applicant's campus Pre-Doctoral Program Coordinator, and not directly to the Office of the Chancellor. The applications are reviewed each May by faculty and administrators from throughout the CSU and UC systems who are experts in the disciplines in which they read. These reviewers forward their recommendations of the top scholars to the California Pre-Doctoral Program Advisory Board who confirms the selections by mid June.
Contact the campus coordinator for an application and more information.
The award year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year. This period does not include the optional eight to ten week Summer Research Internship Program that takes place during the summer following the award.
This is a one-time award. Current or former Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to reapply.
Internal campus deadlin for the 2018-2019 application: February 2018
CSUSM Office of Graduate Studies