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UC-President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship


The UC-President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship is part of the UC-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI), which aims to enhance faculty diversity and pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented students from California Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The program’s goal is to enhance faculty pathways for historically underrepresented groups, particularly Latinx, African Americans, American Indians/Native Americans, Filipinx, and Pacific Islanders in all disciplines; women in STEM; and Asian Americans in the humanities and social sciences by providing fellowships for domestic historically underrepresented scholars from California HSIs. For purposes of this fellowship, AB540 students are eligible.  International students are not eligible. This Fellowship program is only available to UC doctoral students who are matriculated in academic PhD programs and have advanced to candidacy. Professional students (e.g. M.D., J.D.) are not eligible. This systemwide effort will support two Fellows per campus, per year. For more information, visit: https://www.ucop.edu/graduate-studies/initiatives-outreach/uc-hsi-ddi.html

Fellows Receive:
  • 1-year fellowship ($30K stipend and payment of in-state tuition and fees)
  • $10K professional development support fund (administered at campus discretion)
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Exceptional students with demonstrated research achievements
  • Undergraduate or master’s degree from a California Hispanic Serving Institution (CA HSI) - public or private. For a list of eligible institutions, visit https://www.ucop.edu/graduate-studies/_files/list-of-ca-hsis.
  • Advanced to candidacy prior to the application deadline
  • Demonstrated record of advancing issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity; actively supporting underrepresented communities; and commitment to pursuing these efforts throughout their career
Application Requirements:
  • Online application
  • Unofficial transcripts from undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Two letters of support (submitted via Slate) from Faculty Advisor(s) addressing the student’s performance and potential as an exceptional academic, and likelihood that the student will pursue a professoriate path after receiving their PhD
  • Current CV
  • Personal statement that addresses the selection criteria as stated in the program announcement (1-2 pages)
  • Brief research statement that details your current work, progress to date, and its importance to your professional goals (limit to 2 pages)
The application deadline is February 1, 2022.

To start a new application or log into your current application, please use the following link. You will be asked to authenticate with your CalNet ID.

Application Login

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Questions regarding the application should be sent to: gradfell@berkeley.edu