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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

Upcoming Information Sessions: Learn about the Pre-Doctoral Program by attending an upcoming information session:

11/10/2021 - 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

12/1/2021 – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

12/15/2021 - 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Program Information: For additional information please contact the program recruitment coordinator, Erma Cross or call (909) 537-5058 (select option 2)

Application Deadlines

Step 1: Application Packet Drafts are due by 5:00 p.m. January 21, 2022

Step 2: Approved Application must be submitted through InfoReady by 5:00 p.m. February 18th, 2022 (A link will be provided with the application portal is open)

Application Questions: For questions regarding your application packet, or finding resources to assist you with your application, please contact the program application coordinator, April Lane or call (909) 537-7381.

Pre-Doc Dedicated Assistance Hours (Via Zoom)*:

Monday, November 1st, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 16th, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 6th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 14th, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, January 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 18th, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

*In-Person or additional meeting times can be scheduled by phone or email

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.

Congratulations to our 2021-22 CSU Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral Scholars: Mary Garcia, Juliyana Hasroun, George Romero, and Stepfanie Alfonso!

Chancellor’s Office WebsiteCA Pre-Doctoral Program