Graduate Equity Fellowships


This program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing Master's degree programs in the CSU. It provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged CSU students, especially from groups that are underrepresented among graduate degree recipients in their areas of study, and also promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities.


  1. Academic Qualifications: 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.
  2. Residency: You must qualify as a California resident by meeting the CSU requirements for payment of in-state fees.
  3. Financial Need: You must demonstrate financial need and 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 standard requirements for receiving financial aid at Cal Poly.
  4. Duration: 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.

Note: Students enrolled in Self-Support programs are not eligible.

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Application Instructions

Applications for this fellowship can be downloaded from the Grad Ed website and Cal Poly Graduate Student Application for Financial Support form should be submitted. The application cycle is January through October 1st. Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must have been filed 2 weeks before your application 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 November 1st. If you have additional questions call the Graduate Education Office at (805) 756-2328.

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