Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship

The Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship (PGRF) is a university-wide competition designed to recruit non-resident graduate students who demonstrate outstanding potential for achievement in research or creative activity. The PGRF provides a non-resident tuition waiver for one year of a graduate program at SDSU. For domestic students and those nonresident students with an eligible immigration status, the PGRF can be renewed for a third semester if steps have been taken in good faith to establish California residency for tuition purposes. Waivers for international students will remain with the student for the maximum period of time* during their matriculation in a graduate program. 

*The maximum number of waivers allowed per student: 5 total semesters for master’s students and 10 total semesters for doctoral students

PGRF recipients shall be selected according to the following criteria:  

  1. Non-resident or international residency status
  2. Nomination from graduate program
  3. Baccalaureate and post-bacc (if applicable) GPA and other observable indicators of academic achievement
  4. Additional evidence of merit, including awards, achievements, departmental recommendation, as provided in the nomination

PGRF Nomination Form

Nominations will open on February 7, 2022 and will be accepted until March 25th, 2022. In an attempt to address past concerns raised about the timing of the award announcements, this year we will have two award announcement cycles that will coincide with admissions cycles.

Nominations received before February 25th, 2022 will be reviewed for award announcement March 11th, 2022 (priority announcements). Nominations received after February 25th, 2022 will be reviewed for award announcement April 11th, 2022.

The two cycles are weighted equally, with their only distinction being the dates of review and announcement.