Merit Awards

President's Graduate Scholars Scholarships
Merit-based awards are available each year with the possibility of recipients qualifying for a second year of funding, assuming conformance with developed standards and the need for a second year to complete the graduate/doctoral course of study. Nominees must be first-semester graduate or doctoral students.

Need-based Awards

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program (Closed)  These fellowships enable students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue their graduate degrees with financial assistance in amounts up to $2,000 per academic year for four semesters. Applicants must have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Research Awards

Robert & Norma Craig Graduate Scholarships (Open Fall 2016)
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 (Fall 2016 deadline is November 4, 2016).  A BOLD new partnership between ASI and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies to fund 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 (

2015-2016 California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (Completed)
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 has passed, no longer accepting applications)

Tuition Funding