Predoctoral Program

Who is the California Predoctoral Program for?

For undergraduate and graduate students in the California State University.

The California Predoctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of California State University students who will continue their studies at the doctoral level and be eligible for faculty positions. 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.

What the Program Provides

Application Instructions

Interested students should submit their application to Dr. Amanda Lathrop, Dean of Graduate Education, by February 1st.
Selected scholars will be notified in June each year.

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  1. The students selected as Sally Casanova Predoctoral Scholars must be upper division or master’s degree students who are enrolled at a CSU institution as of Spring quarter and who will be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least two terms of the following academic year.
  2. All applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.
  3. Current or previous Predoctoral Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  4. Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor who will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application
  5. 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.


  1. Potential for success in completing a doctoral program
  2. Probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan
  3. Degree of underrepresentation in the national pool of doctoral recipients in the area of study proposed by the applicant. (e.g. African Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Latinos and Latinas, and students with disabilities are underrepresented in most disciplines; women are underrepresented in agricultural sciences, computer and information science, engineering and physical sciences; men are underrepresented in nursing and home economics.)

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