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The Graduate Equity Fellowship seeks to increase the diversity of students completing masters 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.

Under this program at CSUSB, awardees may be awarded either a Graduate Program Fellowship or a Graduate Studies Fellowship.

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will open the myCoyote Scholarship Application Portal on, or around October 1, 2022.
  • The deadline to apply is March 2, 2023

Instructions for Accessing the Graduate Equity Fellowship Application

For additional scholarship information and opportunities visit 2022-2023 Catalog - Financial Information

To be eligible for a Graduate Equity Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a California resident or have an AB540 affidavit on file;
  • Be admitted to, or currently in, a CSUSB master's graduate program by the effective date of the award*;
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) and, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, have a financial need of at least $1,000**;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (3 graduate level units) in an eligible master's graduate degree for the term(s) of your award allocation;
  • Graduate Program GPA must be 3.0 or higher, and
  • Demonstrate the potential to succeed in graduate school and to complete a master's graduate degree program in no more than two years as evidenced by undergraduate coursework and letters of recommendation.

*You may apply for the Graduate Equity Fellowship prior to notification of admission. If selected, your award will be contingent on your acceptance to your master's graduate program. You must have a myCoyote ID number in order to log into the Scholarship Portal to apply.

**The Graduate Equity Fellowship award may reduce other forms of financial aid awarded to you.

How to Apply: Apply through the CSUSB Scholarship Portal.

Essay Guidelines and Tips for Completing the Application.

Application Requirements:

In order to be considered for the Graduate Equity Fellowship you must:

  1. complete the Graduate Equity Fellowship personal statement, and
  2. have two letters of recommendation from faculty members requested, and submitted, by the application deadline.
  3. Graduate Equity Fellowship awardees must be enrolled in a master’s degree program at CSUSB for the term(s) the award is scheduled to be distributed.

Review the Graduate Equity Fellowship Instructions for more information on how to apply.

Graduate Program Fellowship

  • Dollar Amount: $500 - $2,000 award.
  • Activities: Determined by each graduate program and awardees are encouraged to attend Graduate Studies events.

Graduate Studies Fellowship

  • Dollar Amount: $4,500 awarded to one student in each college.
  • Activities: Graduate Studies Fellows are invited to attend Graduate Studies events, may represent graduate students at these events, and be asked to assist in outreach or other activities that support building a community of graduate scholars.

Awardees will be notified, via email, in late May.

For information on applying for the Graduate Equity Fellowship contact:

  • Email April Lane, Graduate Equity Fellowship Coordinator, Office of Graduate Studies, or call (909) 537-7381.

For information about your financial aid or financial eligibility for the Graduate Equity Fellowship contact: