California Pre-Doctoral Program 

*2016/2017 Applications will be available early December

For Undergraduate and Graduate Students in the California State University

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. A special emphasis will be placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at one of the University of California institutions.

Each of the applicants selected will be designated a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar and will work closely with a California State University faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan which ultimately leads to enrollment in a doctoral program. The plan is to be tailored to the specific goals and career objectives of the student.

The Program also provides:

  1. Travel Funds for the student and faculty sponsor to visit U.S. Ph.D. granting institutions as well as to attend professional meetings appropriate to the student's development. 
  2. Summer Internship Opportunity to apply for a fully funded Summer Internship for the student to participate in doctoral-level research at a University of California campus or other U.S. research institution. 
  3. Development Funds for other related activities, such as student membership in professional organizations, subscriptions to academic journals, graduate school applications, test fees, and minor research materials cost.

General Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The students selected as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars must be upper division or master's degree students who are enrolled at Sacramento State as of the spring semester the applications are submitted and will be enrolled at Sacramento State for at least one term of the following academic year.

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.

All applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. 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 doctoral degrees. Students interested in entering professional schools to obtain professional degrees in law, medicine, dentistry or related fields are not eligible.

Interested students should immediately contact the Graduate Diversity Program at 6000 J Street , River Front Center Room 203, Sacramento , CA 95819-6114 . For additional information call (916) 278-3834 or e-mail

CAMPUS APPLICATION DEADLINE:             February 4, 2016


Application: Please download and type the application. Submit completed application along with required documents to the Graduate Diversity Program office, in River Front Center room 203

Download Pre-Doctoral APPLICATION

All applications must be submited to the Graduate Diversity Program by the campus deadline.
DO NOT SEND applications directly to the Chancellor's office, they will not be considered!
For more information on the Pre-Doctoral Program,
please visit the Chancellor’s Office website