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 5-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.

Read more about the inaugural cohort: Collaborative relationships lead to action. (Taking Action, October 2021)


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. The program is postponed for 2022; recruiting for the 2023 cohort opens in October 2022.



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.

The program is postponed for 2022; recruitment for the 2023 program will open in Fall 2022. Interested mentors should contact Bob Mason with questions about the program.