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.

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 one of the following PhD programs: Global Health Sciences, History of Health Sciences, Medical Anthropology, Nursing, Sociology.
  • The fellowship is for students of Latinx, African American, American Indian/Native American, Filipinx, Pacific Islander or Asian American descent.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB 540.
  • Exceptional students with demonstrated research achievements.
  • Undergraduate or master’s degree from a California Hispanic Serving Institution (CA HSI) – public or private.
  • 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.


  • Two awards
  • $30,000 stipend divided equally over a twelve month period (September – August)
  • Resident tuition and fees (covered by program)
  • $10,000 professional development support funds



Yessica Gomez – Biophysics
Berty Arreguin – Sociology


The UC President's Pre-Professoriate Fellowship was not offered during academic year 2021-22.

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