Special Programs for SSU Graduate & Undergraduate Students

The special programs listed below are opportunities for faculty and staff to share with their students.

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Plan (formerly 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 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: Application is online – http://www.calstate.edu/hr/cdip/apply/. Completed applications must be submitted to the SSU Graduate Studies Office. Do not submit applications directly to the Chancellor’s office.

Campus Deadline: February 28, 2014


28th Annual CSU Student Research Competition (May 2-3, at CSU East Bay)

This system-wide competition showcases outstanding research conducted by CSU undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. Student participants will make oral presentations before juries of experts. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best presentations in each category of the competition. Each campus may send up to 10 participants, and SSU defrays the expenses for students attending the competition.

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 2013 are eligible to apply.

To Apply: Contact David Hartranft in Graduate Studies, 1041 Stevenson Hall. Phone: x4-2237 or email: david.hartranft@sonoma.edu

Campus Deadline: March 10, 2014


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. Up to $1,000 of the award may be used by the faculty sponsor for joint travel. 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 cannot be submitted online, but may be downloaded and typed for submission. Transcripts are also required. Submit applications and transcripts to the Graduate Studies Office, Stevenson 1041.

Campus Deadline: March 14, 2014


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: Applications will be available in the Graduate Studies Office, Stevenson 1041, beginning in early April.

Campus Deadline: May 1, 2014