How to Apply

Currently enrolled CSU undergraduate and graduate students, who will be enrolled in coursework at one of the CSU campuses for, are eligible to apply. Applications for the Sally Casanova Scholarship are submitted electronically.

Application Packet

The 2024-25 scholarship application cycle is now open!
The submission deadline is Friday, February 16, 2024.

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:

  • ​​​​You are welcome to connect with the California Pre-Doctoral Coordinator on your campus. This is not required but strongly recommended.
  • This is a one-time award. Current and former Sally Casanova Scholars are not eligible to reapply.
  • The application cycle opens in December and closes in mid-February each year.
  •  Assemble the application components and coordinate with your Campus Coordinator to have them review your draft application. You should have your budget, three essays, transcripts prior to your meeting.
  • All attachments, including all transcripts and essay responses, must be saved as PDF documents​.
  • If you have any questions, please check with your Campus Coordinator.
  • Consider these application guidelines​ when preparing for your application.


  • The 2024-25 application for the California Pre-Doctoral Program will be submitted through Smartsheet. Be sure to monitor your spam folder for emails and alerts from Smartsheet.
  • Application requirements:
  • Once you have all of your application materials, use this link to begin your application through Smartsheet.

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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