The University of California (UC)–Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Doctoral Diversity Initiative (DDI) effort is designed to enhance faculty diversity and pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented UCLA graduate students who received their bachelor’s or master’s degree from a public or private California HSI. As part of the DDI, the UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship aims to foster students’ interest in and preparation for the professoriate. There is also additional professional development outreach and support for underrepresented PhD students with a goal to encourage and help equip them to consider careers in the professoriate.
For additional information on the program, please see the Graduate Student Financial Support publication.
Recipients must be registered and enrolled in at least 12 units during the entire academic year. At the time of each payment’s disbursement, recipients must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA during the entire term of the award.
Awardees may not work more than 25% time.
The program is open to UCLA PhD students in all fields of study who:
- Are officially advanced to doctoral candidacy at the time they are nominated by their departments (usually one month after the student deadline). “Officially” means ATC documents have been received by the Graduate Division’s Academic Services.
- Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or registered California AB540 students. For those under AB540, funding will be provided only if AB131 is still in effect for the duration of the fellowship.
- Are continuing PhD students at UCLA who have a demonstrated record of advancing issues of inclusion, equity and diversity; actively supporting underrepresented communities; and showing a commitment to pursuing these efforts throughout their career.
- Received bachelor’s or master’s degree from a public or private California HSI (see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues/hsi-eligibles-2016.pdf).
- Are exceptional students, as demonstrated by student’s research achievements.
Students may apply for the UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship in only one doctoral degree program.
Program participants will receive a $30,000 stipend plus $10,000 for each Fellow to use for the duration of the PhD for professional development opportunities that will expose, prepare and inspire Fellows to pursue the professoriate.
Final date of application is determined by your home department. Suggested deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Applications that are not submitted on time, fail to follow the submission procedures listed below or forwarded as an incomplete application will be disqualified and not reviewed. Applicants/departments will not be notified Revisions to applications after submission are not allowed; no exceptions.
How To Apply
By applying, students understand that they are giving their consent to disclose application information to University officials and to relevant funding committees.
Applicants must be nominated by their department, IDP or school. To apply for nomination, students must:
Complete and submit the Online Application Form.
Upload the following documents (except the letters of recommendation) in the order listed as a single, combined PDF file and upload the single, combined PDF. If you upload multiple, separate documents, each upload will overwrite the previous file, and thus your application will be incomplete. If there is a document that should be in landscape position and it is in portrait position, please rotate the document before you combine it into the single, combined PDF.
- Evidence that the student has a demonstrated record of advancing issues of inclusion, equity and diversity; actively supporting underrepresented communities; and showing a commitment to pursuing these efforts throughout their career. The document must be a maximum of four pages double spaced. Any abstract, image captions, graphs, tables, notes and/or references must also be double spaced and must be included within the four pages. Minimum font size 11 pt., with at least 1” margins. Documents in excess of four pages will not be forwarded for review.
- An unofficial copy of your Graduate Transcript with Fall 2019 grades posted. The transcript printed from MyUCLA is acceptable. A Degree Progress Report (DPR) is not. Also include an unofficial transcript from the qualifying California HSI (see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues/hsi-eligibles-2016.pdf).
- The students personal statement of career goals after receiving the degree (maximum two pages, double-spaced; minimum font size 11 pt., with at least 1” margins; documents in excess of two pages will not be forwarded for review).
- The students resume or curriculum vitae that includes the following, as appropriate to the discipline:
- Education (degrees earned and in progress, with dates; date of advancement to doctoral candidacy)
- Extramural, departmental and Graduate Division awards, prizes and fellowships (include year and amount)
- Published and submitted manuscripts, if any, while a doctoral student at UCLA. Provide full citations, including start/end pages. Do not include manuscripts in preparation.
- Conference presentations, if any, while a doctoral student at UCLA. Indicate the conference date and place, and whether it was a poster or oral presentation. If there are multiple authors, place an asterisk by the name of the presenter.
- Other creative, academic and professional contributions in the students field, such as performances, exhibits, community and public servic
Two signed letters of reference, one of which must be from the dissertation chair. References should emphasize academic accomplishments and potential as an exceptional academic, as well as comment on the likelihood that the student will pursue a professoriate path after receiving the PhD.
- In Step 3 of the online fellowship application process, provide the name and email address of the recommender. The system will then send your recommender an email with instructions as to how to submit the letter online as a PDF document. Repeat this process for the second recommender.
- The recommenders will not need to email anything to the department Student Affairs Officer.
- The letters of recommendation are due on or before the UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowshipapplication deadline. Applications with missing letters of recommendation will not be reviewed. It will be the student’s responsibility to ensure that the letters have been submitted on time. The online site will provide information about the status of the letter’s upload.
NOTE: Applications that are not submitted on time, fail to follow the submission procedures listed above or forwarded as an incomplete application will be disqualified and not reviewed. Applicants/departments will not be notified Revisions to applications after submission are not allowed; no exceptions.
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