Graduate Equity Fellowships

Academic Year 23-24 Deadline: October 27, 2023

How to Apply: through FAFSA and your Student Portal strong “Cal Poly Scholarships”

Grants available to economically challenged graduate students.

This program seeks to assist students completing Master's degree programs in the CSU. It provides fellowships to students who are economically challenged and also promotes faculty mentoring and research.


  • You must either be making progress toward a Master's degree or have been accepted to a Master's program at Cal Poly and have satisfied all criteria for admission. For details concerning admission requirements, consult the current Cal Poly Catalog, or contact the graduate coordinator of your specific program.
  • As a fellowship recipient, you will be required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and to engage in full-time studies toward your degree, which means you must enroll in a minimum of eight units per quarter of 400/500 level courses.

You must qualify as a California resident by meeting the CSU requirements for payment of in-state fees.

The typical grant period for this award is 2 academic quarters in the same academic year of the application cycle. The award is distributed during the Winter and Spring quarters.

The application cycle begins September 1st and ends October 27th . The review process will begin as of November 1st for Academic Year 23-24. Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application must have been filed 2 weeks before your application for the academic year of the award to ensure that the results are available for consideration for this fellowship. Award decisions will be announced via the email provided on the application no later than December 1. Students in state-supported programs are eligible to apply.

**Note: Students enrolled in Self-Support programs are not eligible (Business Analytics, Fire Protection Engineering, Packaging Value Chain, Quantitative Economics, Taxation).  For more information about self-supported programs, please refer to the Graduate Education Handbook under Forms and Policies.

Graduate Equity Fellowship Application

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