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Master’s en route: if a student did not earn a bachelor’s degree from a California HSI, and was not enrolled in a master’s program at a California HSI, but was awarded a master’s degree en route to the PhD (at a UC HSI), that student should NOT be considered eligible for this fellowship. If a student was enrolled in and completed a master’s degree at a California HSI (including a UC HSI), that student is eligible for the fellowship (regardless of whether or not the student completed a bachelor’s degree at a California HSI). It is incumbent upon the graduate divisions to ensure that this guideline is followed. Beyond being contrary to the spirit of the Initiative, awarding the fellowship to a UC HSI student who earned a master’s en route to a PhD but does not hold a bachelor’s degree from a California HSI creates inequity for UC students, since not all PhD programs award a master’s degree en route.

Please note UC San Diego is not yet designated as an HSI, so UC San Diego bachelor's and master's degree alumni are not eligible.

Nominees for the UC President's Pre-professoriate fellowship must:


  • Nomination Form - Use this Google Form to submit your nomination, a preview of the form can be found below:

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  • Nominee CV (3-page max)
  • Student Statement (1-page max)
    • This statement should be written by the nominee and should demonstrate a record of advancing issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity; actively supporting underrepresented communities; and shows commitment to pursuing these efforts throughout their career.
    • Format of the statement should be single-spaced with one-inch margins and be typed in Calibri 11-point font. 
    • Two letters of support from Faculty  Align left
    • One of these letters must be from the student’s advisor
    • The letters must address the student’s performance and potential as an exceptional academic and comment on the likelihood that the student will pursue a professoriate path after receiving their PhD.

Nomination Process

A department may nominate as many students as they deem appropriate. For document submission please follow the next steps.


Current + Past Fellows

Year of AwardNameDepartment
2022-2023Erica FerrerScripps Institution of Oceanography
2022-2023Bianca FreemanPolitical Science
2020-2021Katherine GarciaEducation Studies
2020-2021Jessica MiguelEducation Studies
2020-2021Ramon Stephens

Education Studies

Please note there were no fellows selected named for the 2021-22 academic year.


Question: The requirement states students must have advanced to candidacy prior to being selected for the fellowship, by what date must a student advance in order to qualify?

Answer:The fellowship nomination review and selection process will begin the day after the listed deadline, so nominees should have advanced to candidacy by the nomination due date and this should be apparent in the Graduate Division's student database. Nominees who have not advanced by the start of the review process will not be considered.