Scholarships & Fellowships

Typically given for achievement, a scholarship is a gift; you aren’t obligated to repay this type of financial aid. You may be eligible for one or more of these scholarships.

CSU Systemwide Scholarships

The CSU Foundation Scholarships

The Foundation offers a variety of scholarships funded through donations, alumni and friends of the CSU.

Learn About CSU Foundation Scholarship Programs

CSU International Programs Scholarships

Any student with International Programs who applies to a study abroad program can also apply for these scholarships.

Learn About IP Scholarship Opportunities

CSU Summer Arts Scholarships

Students participating in the CSU Summer Arts Program can apply to have their fees covered while studying art, music, dance, media, theatre or writing next summer.

California Pre-Doctoral Program (Sally Casanova Scholars)

This program serves academically strong students who come from an underserved background and want to pursue doctoral studies.

Scholarships by Campus

External Scholarship Resources

Scholarship search websites are available to help students find the right scholarships that best fit their needs and eligibility.


The scholarship search websites listed above are not affiliated with the CSU. Students must contact the site owner directly with questions.


Graduate Equity Fellowship grants range from $500 to $2,000 per year. This program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs at the CSU, encourages continuation toward doctoral programs, and promotes consideration of university faculty careers. It provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged CSU students who have had success in overcoming educational disadvantages and promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities. To apply for a Graduate Equity Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a California resident or have an AB540 affidavit on file with your CSU campus;
  • Be admitted to a CSU campus and to a graduate program as a classified or conditionally classified student;
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA);
  • Have financial need of at least $1,000;
  • Enroll at least half-time in an eligible graduate degree; and
  • Demonstrate potential to succeed in graduate school and to complete a graduate degree program in no more than two years as evidenced by undergraduate coursework and letters of recommendation.

To learn more about applying for a Graduate Equity Fellowship grant, please consult your campus's financial aid office.