California Pre-Doctoral Scholarship

The California Pre-Doctoral Program awards funds to approximately 70 juniors, seniors, and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Scholarships are based on a competitive review of student applications and awarded to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and who are committed to a career in teaching or research at the university level.

Students who are chosen for this prestigious award are designated California Pre-Doctoral Scholars as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the scholarship is named. 

The following presentation  is designed to help you learn more about the program and the application process. You may also view the static PowerPoint presentation here.

Internal Deadline:  February 14, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. to Associate Dean Jeffrey Honda via email (

Chancellor's Office Online Submission Deadline:  February 19, 2021


The Chancellor's Office is offering special Q&A sessions for interested students:
For the next three weeks Dr. Maridith Janssen, Director of the Pre-Doctoral Scholarship program will be available for drop in appointments virtually, via Zoom, to answer any questions about the program, summer research, budgets, etc. for either current scholars, campus coordinators or potential applicants. Please use the link below to join during any of the next three Thursdays. She will again start these virtual office hours in January after our holiday break.

Maridith Janssen is inviting you to scheduled Zoom office hours on:

Thursday, December 3, 10 and 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting 83710629586?pwd= M3VYQk1PbCtCbG14Q3B2ZzNTWmd1Zz 09

Meeting ID: 837 1062 9586, Passcode: 261911

Please select the appropriate link below to gather more information:

Program Description


Application Process and Link to Application Form

SJSU Campus Coordinator


Past Pre-Doctoral Scholars