Guidelines for Graduate Equity Fellowships 2025-26

The Graduate Equity Fellowship (GEF) program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs in the CSU, encourages continuation of master's students toward doctoral programs, and promotes consideration of university faculty careers. The GEF provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged CSU students and promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities. GEF funds are provided to Stanislaus State by the CSU system. Individual graduate programs make the final selection of recipients of Graduate Equity Fellowships from among qualified applicants from those programs. Awards are generally $500-$2,000 per academic year, divided equally between fall and spring semesters. The amount awarded is to defray the costs of tuition and books.

To be eligible for a graduate fellowship, a student must:

  • be a legal California resident
  • be admitted and enrolled as a graduate student in a graduate degree program at Stanislaus State;
  • have completed the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year and have a financial need of at least $1,000;
  • be enrolled in a minimum of six units per semester and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester of award;
  • demonstrate potential to succeed in graduate school;
  • be recommended by a program’s graduate coordinator/director

Applications will be judged on (1) the potential for the student to succeed in the graduate program and beyond, (2) the potential for the student to contribute to the diversity of their discipline, and (3) the quality of the writing. Each graduate program may also have specific missions, visions, and goals that the awarding of this scholarship may address, and those factors may be considered as well. All students and all programs use a standard application form. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research will accept and process applications, check for completeness, submit a list of applicants to the Financial Aid office to check for financial need, and deliver all completed applications to program directors. Applications will be reviewed by faculty members from each graduate program. Each program will share application information with their students (including any program specific information and timelines) and encourage their students to apply.

  • Application cycle: TBD for the 2025-26 academic year.
  • Award decisions shared date: *Check with your program director*

Please note: the Graduate Equity Fellowship is considered estimated financial assistance and will be counted as part of the student’s financial aid award. The Graduate Equity Fellowship will be coordinated with the student’s financial aid package (any federal or state financial aid, including student loans, that the student may be receiving) to ensure that the student is not receiving more financial aid than their Cost of Attendance.

Along with standard student information, the application includes an essay prompt:

Describe your academic and personal background, and how it relates to the goals of the Graduate Equity Fellowship to increase diversity by encouraging students with educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue and complete a graduate degree. Also, describe your goals (e.g., academic, personal, professional, etc.) and discuss how the award of a Graduate Equity Fellowship will assist you in accomplishing them. Attach your 1-page statement (typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font) to this application.

For questions or concerns please contact:

Dr. Haley Ye
Dean, Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Updated: May 13, 2024