Merit Awards

President's Graduate Scholars Fellowships for entering graduate/doctoral students Fall 2016 (Spring nomination will begin in early Spring 2016)
Two $3,500 merit-based awards are available each year with the possibility of recipients qualifying for a second year of the award, assuming conformance with developed standards and the need for a second year to complete the graduate/doctoral course of study. Nominees must be incoming first-semester graduate or doctoral students. (Nomination Procedures)

Need-based Awards

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program (will begin accepting applications in Spring 2016)
These fellowships enable students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue their graduate degrees with financial assistance in amounts up to $4,500 per academic year for four semesters. Applicants must have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Application (PDF)

Research Awards

Robert & Norma Craig Graduate Scholarships (Fall 2015-Completed)
This scholarship recognizes the efforts and activities graduate students are putting towards research in their given field. Award amounts can be up to $1,000. Questions: Contact Rodrigo Gomez ( Interested students must apply through the Scholarships office by logging on with their student ID. 

Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Support Awards, Spring 2016 deadline: Friday, March 11, 2016.  Applications are due no later than 5 p.m.
Competitive research support awards in amounts up to $1,000 are made in recognition and scholarship of a graduate/doctoral student's dissertation, thesis, or research project.  Questions: Contact Rodrigo Gomez (, Application (docx).

2015-2016 California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (Application deadline February 26, 2016 **Online)
This program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Scholars and their faculty mentors are awarded $3,000 to travel to doctoral institutions and national conferences to enhance their entrance into doctoral study. Summer internships are also available for selected scholars.  Application is completely online now.  Application & Steps to Apply

Presentation Funding

Travel Grants (ongoing: All materials must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the conference/meeting)
These grants are available throughout the year to students who have been invited to present a paper or poster at a major professional association conference or society meeting.

Forgivable Loan
Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (Deadline for AY 2016-17, Fresno campus: February 12, 2016)

Tuition Funding