Graduate Studies

California Pre-Doctoral Scholars

The California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program (CPSP or Pre-Doc) 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.
Application and Deadline

The 2024-2025 application cycle is open. The application and information on how to apply is available on the CSU Chancellor's website

Application deadline: Friday, February 16, 2024

 Dr. Susan Roll and Dr. Matt Thomas are available to meet with students, read essays and materials, and review applications submitted to them by Thursday, February 1, 2024. 

For More Information, contact Dr. Susan Roll or Dr. Matt Thomas, CSU, Chico campus co-coordinators.