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Scholarships Scholarships

San Diego State University awards scholarships to students to recognize and encourage individual talents, academic achievement, leadership skills, and the determination to succeed in spite of significant hardships. Scholarships are also awarded to students to support participation in SDSU approved study abroad programs, community service programs, and faculty approved conference attendance that is part of a student’s SDSU curriculum. All students, regardless of grade point average, area of study, citizenship, or residency status are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible.

Application materials and eligibility information can be accessed on the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website at Deadlines vary and new scholarship opportunities are added to the website throughout the year. Students should check the website regularly to learn about continuing and upcoming scholarship opportunities, application and essay writing tips, and more.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships coordinates the SDSU scholarship application and awarding process with the committees from the various departments and organizations responsible for selecting recipients. Scholarship funds are provided by private donors, corporations, professional associations, and SDSU alumni. In addition to SDSU scholarships, the Marshall, Fulbright, Rhodes, and Rotary Scholarships are prestigious international scholarships that are given annually to students pursuing educational goals outside the United States. Eligibility and application information is available on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website at

Other Scholarship Resources and Links

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website also lists resources and links to outside scholarship information and free scholarship search websites. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for Imperial Valley University Partnership (IVUP) students. More information is available at

Imperial Valley Campus Scholarships

The Imperial Valley Campus students were awarded $183,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Information and applications for scholarships are available from the Financial Aid Office. Following is a list of endowed scholarships established at Imperial Valley Campus:

2017 - 2018 School Year

Scholarships Scholarships

National Fellowships for Graduate School

The San Diego State University Office of Academic Scholarships receives annual announcements of the Fulbright, Marshall, Kent, Rotary, and other national fellowship programs. Since each campus is limited in the number of applications it may endorse, students interested in fellowships of this type are encouraged to discuss their applications with designated campus adviser and with members of the university faculty who have themselves held these fellowships. Since test scores from the Graduate Record Examinations General Test are required, students should take this examination well in advance of the deadline date for the submission of applications. The GRE may be scheduled through the Student Testing, Assessment and Research Office.

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

The Graduate Equity Fellowship program provides support for economically disadvantaged graduate students, especially from groups who are underrepresented within their respective disciplines. Only legal residents of California who can demonstrate significant financial need are eligible. Recipients must be classified or conditionally classified graduate students and must enroll for a minimum of six units of coursework each semester they hold the fellowship. Fellowships range from $500 to $2,000 for an academic year depending on demonstrated need. Students may receive awards for a maximum of two academic years but they must apply each year. Interested students should complete a Graduate Equity Fellowship application available at and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program provides financial assistance to graduate students who show promise of becoming strong candidates for California State University instructional faculty positions. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of individuals with the qualifications, motivation, and skills to teach the diverse student body in the California State University. It is a competitive program directed by the CSU but open to doctoral students across the country. Through the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, the CSU offers loans and faculty sponsorship to full-time students pursuing doctoral degrees who are interested in a teaching career at a CSU campus. The program provides loans of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000 within five years. Loan forgiveness is 20 percent of the loan forgiven for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching at a CSU campus and faculty sponsorship from a CSU faculty member. The CSU does not guarantee a faculty position to any participant in the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. However, it is expected that upon completion of their doctoral studies, participants will be qualified to compete for CSU faculty positions. Applications are available at all CSU campuses; our campus has a Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program coordinator in the Division of Graduate Affairs. You may also obtain an application and information at

California Pre-Doctoral Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University (CSU) students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions. Announcements and application forms for the program are circulated each year in early December through the Division of Graduate Affairs. Eligibility is limited to junior, senior, and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree seeking program at any one of the CSU campuses at the time of application. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Application and additional information is available at