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California Pre-Doctoral Scholars

The California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program (CPSP) is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Upper division undergraduate and graduate students who apply for this program are sponsored by a faculty member within their academic discipline.

Selected Pre-Doctoral Scholars receive $3,000 for one academic year to visit PhD programs at universities throughout the US and to attend a professional meeting or conference in their academic discipline. In addition, Scholars may participate in a summer research program on their home campus or on a UC campus. Funds for these activities are provided by the CSU Chancellor's office.

Who Can Apply

  • Applicants must be upper-division or master's degree students who are enrolled at a CSU institution and will be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least one semester or two (2) quarter terms in the academic year.
  • Applicants are required to have a faculty sponsor who will be available during the academic year to help them implement a plan that will prepare them for admission to a doctoral program. The plan should be tailored to the specific needs and career objectives of the student.
  • The successful applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

Meet with Dr. Matthew Thomas, CSU, Chico campus coordinator to obtain approval of your application prior to submitting your online application.

Application & Deadlines

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, February 26, 2016 at 5 pm. The application and Information on how to apply is available on the CSU Chancellor's website.

A paper copy of the application can be downloaded here to assist in filling out the online application.

For More Information

Dr. Matthew Thomas, CSU, Chico campus coordinator