Professors for the Future - About

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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.




  • Training
    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 Educational Effectiveness.
  • Ethics and Professionalism
    PFTF fellows participate in a seminar course on Ethics and Professionalism in the University.

  • Roundtable Panel Discussions
    Fellows meet regularly for roundtable panel discussions to promote the participants' professional development,  intellectual growth and leadership skills.

  • End-of-Year Reception
    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 reception, open to all interested members of the university. Learn more about past PFTF projects here.

  • Stipend
    Each fellow receives a $3000 stipend.

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