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Applying to PFTF

The selection process for the Professors for the Future program involves being nominated by any UC Davis affiliate (faculty, student, or staff) and submitting an application and support documents (C.V. and unofficial graduate school transcripts).  Two letters of recommendation and recommendation forms are also required.  

The nomination, recommendation, and application forms are available below but can also be found on the sidebar to the left.  

Applications for the 2020-21 Cohort are due on Friday, February 21, 2020 by 11:59 pm.


Know a graduate student or a postdoctoral scholar with natural leadership potential?

Graduate Studies is now accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 Professors for the Future Fellowship Program. Professors for the Future (PFTF) is a year-long program of professional development and mentoring designed to enhance the quality of the UC Davis graduate and postdoctoral experience. Fellows design and complete a project that benefits other graduate students or postdoctoral scholars on campus, participate in program-sponsored activities throughout the year, and receive a $3,000 stipend.

Go to Nomination Form


For prospective candidates who are interested in taking part in Professors for the Future.

Professors for the Future requires applicants to complete the PFTF application form, submit a C.V. and two letters of recommendation (with the accompanying PFTF recommendation form) addressing your qualifications for this program. Central to the application process is the proposal of a project idea or plan that identifies and addresses a need or problem relevant to the lives of graduate students and/or postdoctoral scholars.    

Go to Application Form


Candidates must have two letters of recommendation with recommendation forms.
See form for specific requirements.

Are you a candidate?

Please give this form to two people familiar with your abilities as a graduate student/postdoctoral scholar and your potential to make significant contributions to your discipline and profession. If you are a graduate student, one recommendation must come from your major professor. If you are a postdoctoral scholar, one recommendation must come from your current principal investigator. The recommendation and form are to be submitted online by the recommender (applicants may not submit letters on behalf of their recommenders).

Are you a recommender?

The individual requesting this recommendation is applying for the Professors for the Future program. The program is designed recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through monthly meetings, professionalism courses, and other activities.
Please provide your assessment of this applicant using this form along with a letter of recommendation.

Go to Recommendation Form