Special Programs

California Pre-Doctoral Program

This program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages, placing special emphasis on those who enter doctoral programs at UC campuses. Applicants work closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan leading ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program.

Those who are selected as Pre-Doctoral Scholars will be awarded $3,000 to be used as outlined in the above-mentioned plan, which may include application fees, test fees, membership in professional organizations, and travel to doctoral granting institutions or professional conferences. The program also provides summer research internship opportunities at doctoral granting institutions. Students participating in the summer internship component are matched with professors according to their areas of interest.

Eligibility: 

Junior, senior, and graduate students in the CSU, especially those from environments where university teaching is not a common career goal.

To Apply: 

The application to this program is available online at http://calstate.edu/predoc/apply/ .

Additional Information: 

Campus Deadline: 

Pre-Application Due 2/16/17

Online Application Due 2/24/17


 

Graduate Equity Fellowship

The program was established to increase the participation in graduate degree programs of students who are economically or educationally disadvantaged. The intent of the fellowship is to minimize the debt burden and time to degree completion.

Eligibility: 

Students must have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must demonstrate a minimum unmet need of $1,000. Additional eligibility criteria: be classified as a California resident for fee purposes; be admitted to the university and to a grad program; be enrolled in the equivalent of full-time course work; maintain a 3.0 GPA.

To Apply: 

The completed application packet includes the application form, a narrative, transcripts, and two faculty recommendations, as outlined in the "Letter to Applicant" below:

Letter to Applicant

Program Guidelines

Application Form

Faculty Recommendation Form

Campus Deadline: 

May 12, 2017


 

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Plan

(Formerly the Forgivable Loan Plan)

Provides loans to doctoral students who are interested in teaching in the CSU. Participants may borrow up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000. For those who are hired in an instructional position at any CSU campus after completion of the doctorate, the loans will be forgiven at a rate of 20% for each year of full time teaching in the CSU. 

Eligibility: 

New or continuing students in full-time doctoral programs at accredited universities in the U.S. who are not probationary or tenured faculty members in the CSU.  Lecturers are eligible and encouraged to apply.

To Apply: 

Additional Information:

Campus Deadline: 

February 24, 2017


 

31st Annual CSU Student Research Competition

April 28-29, 20176 @ Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The Annual California State University Student Research Competition, which will take place on April 28th and 29th at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is a system-wide competition that showcases excellent research conducted by CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Student participants will make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California. The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University.

Eligibility: 

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2016 are eligible.

To Apply: 

In order to apply, please submit an 2017 CSU Student Research Competition application to daniel.smith@sonoma.edu by March 8, 2017 at 4PM.

More Information:

More information is available on the Competition website at http://research.calpoly.edu/csusrc31 .

Campus Deadline: 

March 8, 2017