Master's Research Scholarship

The Graduate Dean is pleased to call for nominations to the Master’s Research Scholarship program. With $400,000 in funding anticipated for AY 2021/22, the program is designed to provide direct, much-needed financial support to excellent SDSU master’s students who contribute to research, scholarship, or creative activity in their field. Individual awards are $10,000 for the academic year.


The Scholarship directs institutional funding to support recruitment, retention, and timely degree completion for excellent master’s students engaged in scholarship advancing the university's goals for research and creative activity. Scholarships will be awarded to continuing and entering master’s students through a competitive process. Following a preliminary review process at the college level, a faculty committee will advise the Graduate Dean in allocation of the funds. Awards will be distributed through the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, funds deposited directly into students’ CashNet accounts in two installments, once each early in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students must maintain active matriculated in their degree program in both semesters to remain eligible for awards.

Complementary Funding

A $10,000 scholarship is sufficient to cover full time tuition and campus mandatory fees for a California resident, but not to fully support a graduate student. The scholarship does not provide health or other benefits. Therefore the review criteria include consideration of additional support committed to the student for AY 2021/22 from department/college sources (academic student employment) or external funding sources (grants, contracts, fellowships, other scholarships). Design of the program is to complement those sources, not replace them or stand alone as a student’s only piece of support.

Nomination Instructions

Nominations shall be submitted by the Graduate Adviser for the master’s program in which the nominee will be enrolled in AY 2021/22. Continuing students and those recruited to enter a program in Fall 2021 are eligible for awards.

Nominations require basic student information, and: (1) a brief statement of the nominee’s accomplishments and potential in research, scholarship, and creative activity in their chosen field, and (2) an inventory of the commitment for other external and institutional financial support allocated to the nominee for AY 2021/22. Graduate Advisors are encouraged to solicit language for the statement and inventory of support from a colleague closely mentoring the nominee.

2021-2022 Nomination Form

Review Process

Criteria for review:

  • The nominee’s academic achievements to date
  • Evidence of research, scholarship, and creative activity accomplishments and potential in the nominee’s field
  • Quality of the commitment from other external and institutional financial sources of support allocated to the nominee in AY 2021/22

Deans are responsible for a preliminary review of nominations from their College. Following this round, no more than 20 finalist nominations from each College will be submitted to the Graduate Dean. A faculty advisory committee will advise the Graduate Dean in selecting among finalists for awards.

Nominations are due by April 2. Submission of finalists from each College are due by April 23. Award announcements for AY 2021/22 are anticipated in early May.