Need-based Awards

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program (Will open March 2022)

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. Applicants must have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act application. Students may receive the award for 2 years, but must reapply each year for the award. 

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 2021-2022 FAFSAor CA Dream Act application(CDAA) on file
  • Demonstrate a minimum $1,000 need
  • CA Resident
  • Meet the GPA guidelines or are new graduate students
  • 6 units of enrollment

*Please Note*
This opportunity has a financial need requirement. To qualify, applicants must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the California Dream Application, and have a calculated financial need analysis done by Fresno State prior to the scholarship application deadline. When the Financial Aid Office receives and processes the FAFSA, a financial need calculation will automatically be uploaded to your scholarship application. The financial need of an applicant is based on the current academic year data when the student applied for the scholarship.

Research Awards

Robert & Norma Craig Graduate Scholarships (Currently Accepting Applications)
This scholarship recognizes the efforts and activities graduate students are putting towards research and/or activities in their given field.  Research and/or research activitycan not be related to applicants' work towards project, thesis, or dissertation.  Award amounts can be up to $1,000. Interested students must apply by logging in through the Scholarships website.  

Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Support Awards (Now Closed - Will Reopen Spring 2022). ASI and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies have partnered to fund a number of competitive awards recognizing high-quality graduate student scholarship. Awardees are selected based on the quality and impact of their dissertation, thesis, or project research. 

California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (The 2022-23 scholarship application cycle will open in December 2021) 
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 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.  Must make appointment with campus coordinator Ronald Dzerigian to begin application. Visit the Sally Casanova Page for more information:

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: The 2022 - 23 application is now available. Contact CDIP campus coordinator Ronald Dzerigian for further questions.  

Tuition Funding