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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

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 2022/2023 deadline has passed

Step 2: Approved Applications must be submitted through InfoReady by 5:00 p.m. February 18th, 2022 (Schedule a meeting with the Program Coordinator after February 7, 2022)

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)* - Please email April Lane for assistance

*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