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Funding Opportunities

Jordan Harvey Graduate Awards

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of California State University, Fresno is pleased to announce the offering of up to four prestigious Jordan and Harvey Graduate Awards to highly qualified students entering Master of Science (M.S.) programs in the College of Agriculture. These awards provide $18,000 per year for two years. Funding may consist of scholarship and/or assistantship money, based on the candidate’s qualifications and eligibility. Jordan Harvey recipients are expected to provide teaching and/or research support to their major adviser.


Applicants must be entering their first fall semester in Jordan College M.S. programs (Plant Science, Viticulture & Enology, Animal Science, or Industrial Technology).  


Application Materials – Materials are submitted to the Department

  • Cover letter indicating your interest and reason for applying for this award
  • Official GRE scores (and TOEFL, if required)
  • All college transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Statement of proposed research (maximum 2 pages)
  • 2 letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who can comment on research or independent work skills, and academics
  • Letter of support from the faculty member with whom applicant will conduct thesis research

Application Contact / Information

To apply and be given full consideration, please contact Dr. Sharon Benes (, 559.278.2255).

More information on deadlines and submission instructions is available at 



Research assistantships and/or hourly work are provided by individual faculty possessing research grants in specific areas—students are encouraged to contact Ph.D. faculty working in their area of interest

Smaller scholarships are also available from our Division of Research and Graduate Studies (DRGS). These include the President’s Graduate Scholars Fellowship, Graduate Equity Fellowship, the Robert and Norma Craig Graduate Scholarship and for students already in the program, the Graduate Research Activity Support Award and Travel Grants  The Graduate Net Initiative (GNI) also provides information on most of these awards and offers funding of their own  Please note that due to the source of funding, international students may not be eligible for some of these awards; in particular, the GNI awards.


Non-resident tuition waiver units are available on a limited basis. Correspond with the Plant Science Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Sharon Benes ( regarding tuition waivers.  

Some additional scholarships are made available to graduate students through our Scholarship office. By filling out a single application you will be considered for all scholarshps for which you are eligible. Numerous professional societies also offer small scholarships.  This information is circulated via email from the Department of Plant Science.