The Oregon State University Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program pairs OSU faculty mentors with pre-doctoral (ABD) scholars from other institutions for an immersive experience designed to enhance and recognize the scholarship of ABD scholars from all disciplines who are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and to showcase all that OSU has to offer.

The pilot Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program took place August 8-13, 2021.

The Pre-Doctoral Scholars program was designed as a partnership between the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Office of Institutional Diversity intended to increase the presence of DEI committed scholars on campus, create opportunities for scholars to meet with OSU faculty engaged in similar areas of research, and introduce scholars to the OSU community.

Scholars were be invited to campus for a 5 day orientation to life at OSU, participated in mentoring opportunities with OSU faculty and researchers matched to support research in their respective disciplines, and other campus and community events.

Contact Michelle Klotz with questions about the program.

Areas of focus for the 2021 program included:

  • Agriculture Extension, Agronomy, Entomology
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy

Interested OSU Faculty Mentors: Recruitment Process

OSU Colleges or units anticipating opportunities to mentor pre-doctoral (ABD) scholars who are in the final year of their doctoral program at another institution were invited to participate by submitting the name(s) of faculty who can serve as a mentor and host for the scholar(s). Interested faculty provided a CV, area of research, and a plan for engaging the scholar for the time they are on campus. The plan considered interactions with the OSU faculty mentor, department and community engagement, as well as OSU student mentoring, if applicable.

Interested Scholars: How to apply

Doctoral students who are ABD (all but dissertation) at a non-OSU institution may contact for more information about the application process and the program. The deadline for applications for the 2021 program has passed, but information about the 2022 program and deadlines will be available in early 2022.


The Office of the Provost provided funding to cover scholar expenses including travel, housing, and food/incidental expenses. Supporting units assisted with logistics and activities during the scholar’s visit. Funding for the program was also provided by the Jackson Family Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fund.