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Professors for the Future

Professors for the Future (PFTF) is a year-long competitive fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service. This unique program sponsored by Graduate Studies focuses on the future challenges of graduate education, postdoctoral training, and the academy. Professors for the Future is designed to prepare UC Davis doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars for an increasingly competitive marketplace and a rapidly changing university environment. PFTF Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend. Check out our Professors for the Future brochure.

The PFTF program enhances graduate education and postdoctoral training in several ways:

  1. PFTF Fellows work on projects of their own design to enhance the graduate or postdoctoral experience and professional development of their colleagues. These projects are then presented at an end-of-year colloquium, open to all interested members of the university.
  2. All fellows receive formal training in teaching methods and course design through either the Seminar on College Teaching or self-selected workshops provided by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  3. PFTF fellows participate in a seminar course on "Ethics and Professionalism in the University" (this seminar is open to all graduate students).
  4. Fellows meet regularly for roundtable discussions and workshops to promote the participants' professional development, intellectual growth and leadership skills.

PFTF Fellows are selected from nominations by faculty, staff and fellow students or postdoctoral scholars based on a written application and interview process that demonstrate:

  • A desire to contribute to graduate education or postdoctoral training by designing and completing a project beneficial to other graduate students or postdoctoral scholars
  • Potential for leadership and academic service
  • Commitment to the academy and scholarly pursuits
  • Completion of the doctoral qualifying examination

Please note that students who are on filing fee status, or who will go on filing fee status or PELP during the year of participation in the program, are not eligible to apply.



Last Updated: December 12, 2013