UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship


As part of the UC Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Doctoral Diversity Initiative, this competitive fellowship is designed to facilitate the academic career development of students who show potential to become excellent faculty or researchers in institutions of higher education as well as to foster multi-faceted diversity in graduate education at the University of California. The program’s goal is to enhance faculty pathways for historically underrepresented groups, particularly Chicanx/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. The intent of the program is to provide fellowships for domestic historically underrepresented minorities from federally-designated California HSIs.

Each recipient will be expected to work closely with a faculty sponsor whose role will be to mentor the graduate student through the development of a curricular plan and the selection of an appropriate dissertation topic leading to the completion of a doctoral degree.


  • Enrolled in a UCSF PhD program. (Professional students [e.g. MD] are not eligible).
  • The fellowship is for students of Chicanx/Latinx, African American, American Indian/Native American, Filipinx, Pacific Islander in all disciplines; women in STEM; and Asian Americans in the humanities and social sciences.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB 540.
  • Exceptional students with demonstrated research achievements.
  • Undergraduate or stand-alone master’s degree from a California Hispanic Serving Institution (CA HSI) – public or private, OR attended a federally-designated HSI California Community college where they complete at least 24 semester unites (or quarter equivalent before transferring to a UC.
  • Advanced to candidacy prior to being selected for the fellowship.
  • Letters of support from Faculty Adviser(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.
  • Demonstrated record of advancing issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity; actively supporting underrepresented communities; and commitment to pursuing these efforts throughout their career.


  • Up to three awards in total for UCSF
  • $37,000 stipend divided equally over a twelve month period (September – August)
  • Resident tuition and fees (covered by program)
  • $10,000 professional development support



Yewande Alabi – Biomedical Sciences
Michelle DeVost – Epidemiology and Translational Science
Brenda Lopez – Nursing PhD


Yessica Gomez – Biophysics
Berty Arreguin – Sociology

Learn more about how this and other internal fellowships are awarded.