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Do you know a Ph.D. student or a postdoctoral scholar with natural leadership potential? 

If so, we invite you to nominate them to become a Professor for the Future fellow.  

Nominations can be made by any UC Davis affiliate including faculty, students, or staff and are an important part of the fellow’s application process. Applicants may also self-nominate if preferred.  Nominations must be submitted by mid-February, although earlier submission is encouraged to give time the nominee time to complete the application process by the deadline.  Nominators (who are not the applicant) may also serve as recommenders.

See what  UC Davis faculty say about Professors for the Future.


“PFTF was very useful for my student in navigating graduate school, as well as for learning about what search committees seek for different kinds of professorships (research institutions, small colleges, community colleges). Training in modern teaching methods is valuable, as is training in outreach and presentation skills. The diversity of other projects provides trainees with well-rounded knowledge of academia and how it interfaces with society. My mentee chose a career in the community college system and I believe that the program was useful preparation for this.”


“In my opinion, PFTF does a great job in preparing students for academic leadership roles. The training they receive in designing curriculum, enhancing the communication skills and public engagement in academic and scientific pursuits is transformative for students to pursue career opportunities in both academic, regulatory and public policy space.”


“(PFTF provides) strong professional development — insights into time management, preparing application materials, what professorial life/ career balance might look like, building collegiality, developing service portfolio.”


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