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Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to our affordable tuition, Fresno State offers a number of scholarship programs and financial aid. Please see detailed information about scholarships for graduate students at the Division of Research and Graduate Studies scholarship page below:

Division of Research and Graduate Studies scholarship information

  • At the university level: Below are some highlighted scholarship programs 

President’s Graduate Scholars Scholarships 
A merit-based scholarship that students with a 3.5 GPA can apply for with recommendation from the Graduate Coordinator/Facilitator. First year students can apply if the GPA as an undergraduate meets the requirement. Students must log on to the Scholarships website in order to apply. 
Value: $3,500 
Deadline: Fall 

California Graduate Equity Fellowship Program 
Program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs in the CSU. 
Value: Grants up to $4,500 
Deadline: Spring 

Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Support Award 
It supports the quality scholarship of graduate/doctoral student research and creative activities associated with the thesis/dissertation or project requirement. 
Value: up to $1,000   Deadlines: Fall and Spring 

California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students 
Scholars and their faculty mentors are awarded $3,000 to travel to doctoral institutions and national conferences to enhance their entrance into doctoral study. 
Value: $3,000   Deadline: Spring 

Graduate Student Travel Grant 
Travel grants are for graduate students who have had papers and/or posters accepted for presentation at major professional conferences or society meetings. Students may apply through the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Graduate Net Initiative.
Deadline: Ongoing. For the Division of Research and Graduate Studies grant, all materials must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the conference. For the Graduate Net Initiative grant, complete application packages should be submitted at least 60 days prior to conference/travel date.

  • At department level: Below are some highlighted assistantships/tutoring opportunities

Teaching Assistant

We offer a limited number of teaching assistant positions to qualified graduate students. Usually TAs will take full responsibility of teaching one section of a foreign language classes offered in the department, which includes Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Arabic, Hmong and ESL.

Tuition waivers for teaching assistants are supported by the College of Arts and Humanities. The Linguistics Department recommends a few students to the College of Arts and Humanities. Contact the Graduate Coordinator or the International Student Services and Programs office.

Instruction Support Assistant

We also have some ISAs that are paid by hours every semester. These include duties such as grading or tutoring for professors. Students are hired for these positions after the semester begins. 

Departmental memorial scholarships

PJ and Karen Mistry Scholarship

The Karen and PJ Mistry Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in Linguistics who has completed two semesters of graduate work. The scholarship is designed to especially encourage advanced work in the form of a publishable paper or thesis in general or applied linguistics. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is initiating a research project/thesis and shows a high degree of promise to complete publishable work within general or applied linguistics. Scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty in linguistics, who make the final award decision.

The scholarship is named in honor of emeriti professors of linguistics PJ and Karen Mistry. The Mistrys taught at Fresno State for 30 years, from 1969 to 1999. Their research and teaching covered areas such as syntax, historical linguistics, history of linguistics, first and second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and Indic and African languages. Throughout their distinguished careers, these dedicated instructors and mentors made enormous contributions toward the academic growth of hundreds of students at Fresno State. The Karen and PJ Mistry Scholarship is an extension of the Mistrys’ dedication to Fresno State’s linguistics students.

Keiko Weitzman Memorial Scholarship

Information to come.

Teaching opportunities the American English Institute

Teaching opportunities may be available at the American English Institute at California State University Fresno. 

Computer Lab Student Assistant

Students are hired after the semester begins. 

University Writing Center Tutor

Writing tutor opportunities may be available at the Fresno State Writing Center.