Graduate Equity Fellowship

The Graduate Equity Fellowship program provides support for economically disadvantaged graduate students, especially from groups who are underrepresented within their respective disciplines. Fellowships range from $500 to $2,000 for an academic year depending on the demonstrated need. 

Students may receive awards for a maximum of two academic years, but they must apply each year. Post-baccalaureate, second master's degree students, and doctoral students are ineligible. 

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students that are legal California residents
  • Master's students (not available for second master's degree students or doctoral students) that are conditional classified or classified
  • Completed the free FAFSA or Dream Act application
  • Enroll in at least 6 units of graduate work related to the master's degree for the fall and spring semesters
  • Maintain a 3.00 GPA
  • Have at least $1,000 of financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office

Interested students should complete an application and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available here. Those eligible for the CA Dream Act application can apply online here.

Application Submission Checklist:

  • Student Essay: The essay should address specific circumstances that contribute to the need as well as your academic progress toward earning your degree. Limit 1 page (single spaced, or 2 double spaced).
  • Graduate Advisor Endorsement: The completed form will be uploaded to your application.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate coursework (and unofficial SDSU transcripts for continuing Master's students)
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members)

Important Reminder:

The 2023-2024 application cycle will open on July 5th and close on September 1st. Please apply using Interfolio: Award recipients will be notified in late September.

Have questions? Reach out to [email protected] for more information.