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California Pre-Doctoral Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program provides financial assistance for students interested in exploring and preparing for a doctoral program. Through this program the CSU Chancellor’s Office provides assistance as the Sally Casanova Scholars award to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who wish to pursue doctoral degrees. The funds may be used for students to visit U.S. doctoral-granting institutions, obtain membership in professional organizations, subscribe to academic journals, GRE preparation, and to cover the cost of graduate school application and test fees.

Dollar Amount: $3,000 + funded summer internship opportunities

Deadline: The deadline for the 2021-2022 Pre-Doc application review has passed. Please check back for information for 2022-2023.

Program Materials: For additional information please email the program coordinator, Erma Cross (

Process for Awarding: Sally Casanova Scholars are selected by the Chancellors Office 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.

Chancellor’s Office Website: CA Pre-Doctoral Program

For additional information please contact the Office Graduate Studies at (909) 537-5058 (select option 2), or email Erma Cross at