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.


About the program

The Pre-Doctoral Scholars program is a collaboration between the Office of the Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs, the Office of Institutional Diversity and OSU’s colleges to recruit talented tenure-line faculty from underrepresented communities by introducing them to research, teaching and mentorship opportunities at OSU.

Scholars will be invited to campus for a 3-day orientation to life at OSU, including participating in mentoring opportunities with OSU faculty and researchers matched to support research in their respective disciplines, and other campus and community events.

Learn more about the inaugural cohort: Collaborative relationships lead to action. (Taking Action, October 2021) and this video segment from the 2022 State of Diversity at Oregon State Address (June 2022).


Interested Scholars: How to Apply

Doctoral students who are ABD (all but dissertation) at a non-OSU institution may apply. Contact for more information about the application process and the program. Applications for the 2023 cohort are closed.



The Office of the Provost provides funding to cover scholar expenses including travel, housing and food/incidental expenses. Funding for the program is also provided by the Jackson Family Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fund and the Office of Institutional Diversity, including a $1000 stipend to each scholar.



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 are invited to participate by submitting the name(s) of faculty who can serve as a mentor and host for the scholar(s). Interested faculty should provide a CV, area of research, and a plan for engaging the scholar for the time they are on campus. The plan should consider interactions with the OSU faculty mentor, department and community engagement and OSU student mentoring, if applicable.

Interested mentors should contact Morgan Raleigh in the Office of Faculty Affairs with questions about the program.