Graduate Equity Fellowships
Grants Available to Underrepresented Graduate Students
This program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs in the CSU and encourages continuation on to doctoral programs and consideration of university faculty careers. It provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged CSU students, especially from groups that are underrepresented among graduate degree recipients in their areas of study, and promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities.
- Academic Qualifications: You must either be making progress toward a master’s degree, have been accepted to a master’s program at Cal Poly (i.e., classified or conditionally classified), or have filed an application which satisfies all criteria for admission to a master's program at Cal Poly. For details concerning admissions requirements, consult the current Cal Poly Catalog or contact the graduate coordinator for that program. As a fellowship recipient, you will be required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and to engage in full time studies toward the master’s degree, which means you must enroll in a minimum of eight units per quarter of 400/500 level courses.
- Residency: you must qualify as a California resident by meeting the CSU requirements for payment of in‑state fees.
- Financial Need: You must demonstrate a minimum financial need of $1,000. You do so by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional information can be obtained from the Cal Poly Financial Aid Office. You must also comply with all the standard requirements for receiving financial assistance at Cal Poly.
- Duration: The maximum grant period for any individual student is two years (i.e., six quarters).
The Graduate Equity Fellowship Program is funded by the CSU System and by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, as an equity program for underrepresented graduate students. Download flyer about program here.
Administered by Graduate Education in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office.