Application Overview

Overview of the California Pre-Doctoral Program Application Process:

  1. Review or download a copy of this year's application packet;

  2. Seek a Faculty Sponsor (an SF State faculty member in your field — an assistant, associate or full professor, but not a lecturer) who knows you well and is willing to support your application to the Pre-Doctoral Program, and to serve as your mentor during the award year;

  3. Ask your Faculty Sponsor to provide you with an in-depth recommendation.

  4. Complete an online application (see Application Instructions). 

  5. Invite your Faculty Sponsor, through the online application, to submit a reference on your behalf

  6. In collaboration with your Faculty Sponsor, develop a “Student Plan” (budget) for the funded activities you will engage in to prepare for entering a doctoral program;

  7. Compose your application essays in consultation with your Faculty Sponsor;

  8. If you would like feedback on your application essays, seek a meeting with Dr. Joy Viveros, SF State's Campus Coordinator for the Program, by emailing her at

  9. At least two weeks before the campus deadlineschedule a meeting with Dr. Viveros to review and approve your application.

  10. Upload your transcripts and essays to your online application.  For formatting requirements, scroll down to "Documents to be Uploaded as PDFs to Online Application" section of the Application Instructions.

  11.  Follow-up with your Faculty Sponsor to ensure that the recommendation is submitted on or before the campus deadline.

  12. Submit your online application by the campus deadline.