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How to Apply

​Whether you're still weighing up whether graduate school is right for you or certain you want to go, you should consider applying to the California Pre-Doctoral Program.

Application Packet

The 2019-20 scholarship application cycle closed on February 22, 2019.
Check back in December 2019 for the 2020-21 application packet. 


The award year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year. This period does not include the optional Summer Research Experience that takes place during the summer following the award.

Important information:

  • This is a one-time award. Current or former Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to reapply.
  • The application cycle opens on in December and closes in mid-February each year. Check with your Campus Coordinator for specific deadlines relevant to your campus (they may be earlier).
  • In order to apply you must first meet with the California Pre-Doctoral Coordinator on your campus.
  • The application packet is a template only. Your final application will be filled out online with multiple attachments.
  • Fill out the required components of the application and contact your Campus Coordinator to have them review your draft application. You should have completed your student plan and budget, three essays, transcripts, and faculty sponsor form/letter of recommendation prior to your meeting.
  • Once the Campus Coordinator has approved your draft application, you will be given access to the website where you will submit your final application and attachments.
  • The online submission process can be started and saved before your final submission. You can work on the online application over multiple sessions.
  • All attachments must be saved as PDF documents.
  • Transcripts must be scanned and saved as PDF documents.
  • If you have any questions, please check with your Pre-Doc Campus Coordinator.
  • Please see the Student Plan and Budget template.

Campus Coordinators

For questions regarding the Pre-Doctoral Program, please contact your Campus Coordinator first.

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Summer Research Opportunities

Current scholars can apply to gain valuable summer research experience.

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