Who is eligible to apply?
- Anyone interested in doctoral study, including lecturers without terminal degrees, current MA and MFA students, and undergraduate seniors may apply for C-DIP.
- The program is open to applicants who will be new or continuing full-time students in doctoral programs at regionally accredited universities anywhere within the United States.
- Applicants are not required to have attended the CSU nor to have been accepted in a doctoral program at the time of their application.
- Each applicant is required to have a full-time tenure/tenure-track CSU faculty advisor who will provide professional mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the student’s educational experience.
The California Pre-Doctoral scholarship program is designed to increase diversity
within the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students
in the CSU who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.
The California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 70 juniors, seniors and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable current students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the university level. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions.
Students who are chosen for this prestigious award are designated Sally Casanova Scholars as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the Pre-Doctoral scholarship is named. As a Sally Casanova Scholar, students will have unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. Students will have the benefit of direct one-on-one guidance afforded from faculty members from within the CSU, and the opportunity to work with faculty from doctoral-granting institutions. In addition the program provides:
- Travel Funds for the student to visit U.S. doctoral-granting institutions and/or to attend professional meetings appropriate to the student's development.
- Development Funds for other related activities, such as student membership in professional organizations, subscriptions to academic journals, graduate school applications and test fees, GRE preparation, and the cost of minor research materials, for example.
- A Summer Research Experience following the award of the scholarship, recipients are given the opportunity at a University of California campus or other U.S. major research university, fully funded by the Pre-Doctoral Program, so that the scholar can participate in doctoral-level research prior to enrolling in a Ph.D. program.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Juniors, seniors and master's degree students (Students interested in obtaining professional masters or doctoral degrees such as law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or an MBA degree, for example, are not eligible)
- Must be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least one semester of the academic year that they apply for the scholarship
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Current or previously awarded Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to re-apply.
Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor from the student’s home campus who will
be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Students that are legal California residents
- Master's students (not available for second master's degree students or doctorate students) that are conditional classified or classified
- Completed the free FAFSA application
- Enroll in at least 6 units of graduate work related to the master's degree for the fall and spring semesters
- Maintain a 3.00 GPA
- Have at least $1,000 of financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office
These support travel associated with scholarly research and creative activities. There are two funds, and each has a different deadline and set of constraints. Students may apply to both funds for the same travel, but can only be awarded from one fund.
List of Additional Fellowship Programs
- Inamori Fellowship Program
- Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship
- Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program
- American Association of University Women
- American Councils International Research Fellowships
- American Council of Learned Societies
- Boren Fellowships
- Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship Program
- Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF)
- Cosmos Scholars Award
- Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
- Critical Languages Scholarships
- DoD SMART
- Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP)
- Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
- Fulbright U.S. Student Grants
- NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
- NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)
- Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Award (NIH F31 Grants)
- SREB-State Doctoral Fellowships for Underrepresented Minorities
- Social Science Research Council
- Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation
Visit the Financial Aid Homepage for additional opportunities.