Find information on financial aid, grants, scholarships, and more.
Important: If you are enrolled concurrently at both SDSU (home institution) and another campus (host institution), you may receive financial aid from either institution, but not from both institutions during the same semester.
- The campus at which you are enrolled determines where you will receive financial aid. If you choose to receive your financial aid through SDSU, you must complete the Doctoral Program Enrollment Questionnaire that will be available through AidLink after we receive your FAFSA information.
- Complete a Verification of Enrollment for Joint Doctoral Program Students form if you are enrolled in fewer than 5 units at SDSU (home institution). This form is also available through AidLink.
Types of Aid
Teaching assistantships, scholarships, research assistantships, fellowships
A limited number of teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships are available through the Program on a competitive basis. In addition, individual departments can sometimes provide graduate assistantships to doctoral students through grants awarded to the departments.
Information about scholarships and fellowships (from institutional as well as outside private sources) can be obtained from SDSU Financial Aid and Scholarships. Graduate students are eligible for university scholarships that may be applied to fees for CGU as well as SDSU course work.
SDSU Scholarship Application Deadlines
|Application Cycle||Application Deadlines||Award Period|
|August to October||
3 pm Pacific Time
October 11, 2019
|Academic Year: 2019-2020|
SDSU Research Foundation
The SDSU Research Foundation offers extensive resources for individuals seeking grant support through public and private sources.
Additional grant sources
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"To make the most effective use of IBM resources and expertise, IBM has selected priority issues and key initiatives for investment. Our main focus is Education. We also provide smaller grants in the areas of Adult Education and Workforce Development, Arts and Culture, Communities in Need, and the Environment." Link to more information.
The purpose of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is to "aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind."
Under this broad charter, the Foundation currently makes grants on a selective basis to institutions in higher education; in cultural affairs and the performing arts; in population; in conservation and the environment; and in public affairs.
MetLife's longstanding commitment to education is underscored by its support of education-based activities in precollege education, business, insurance and economic education, and higher education.
The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is "to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society."
The Foundation's particular interests include:
- Fresh approaches to solving community problems in its defined program areas
- Approaches that, if proven successful, can generate long-term support from other sources and/or be replicated in other communities when appropriate
- Public policy development and research and development activities to further existing programs, as well as to explore new fields of interest
- Approaches and activities that lead to systemic change.
The National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation provides grants of up to $12,500 for research projects in English/
The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) has primary responsibility for NSF’s efforts to provide national leadership in improving science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education. Its comprehensive and coordinated programs address every education level (i.e., prekindergarten through postdoctoral study), as well as early career development and science literacy in the general public."
The Dissertation Fellowship Program for Research Related to Education assists young scholars interested in educational research in the completion of the doctoral dissertation, thus helping to ensure a continued growth of able researchers in the field. The Program was established in 1986 and for the first seven years of its existence was administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Since 1992, the Program has been administered internally at the Foundation. Over the 14 years of the operation of the Program, the Spencer Foundation has supported nearly 400 Dissertation Fellows.
Annually the Dissertation Fellowship Program supports 30 to 35 Fellows by providing monetary assistance ($20,000) and opportunities for professional development. For the past six years, each cohort of Dissertation Fellows has come together three times during the fellowship year for exchange across academic and intellectual boundaries. Beginning researchers from a variety of fields and approaches to the study of education share their work with each other and with more senior scholars in ways that are designed to build a strong community of scholars committed to educational inquiry, both within traditional disciplines and in departments and schools of education.
Federal Grants Wire provides information about a number of federal education grant programs managed by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education provides support for students through graduate school. Several programs provide funding, directly or through institutions, for graduate fellowships and research and educational experiences abroad.
Average grant: @ $50,000
Foundation Focus: Civic/
Funds May Be Used For... Student loans, fellowships, research, equipment, building, program development.
Limitations: Funds in Los Angeles County to 501c3 organizations. No support for: general fund raising; dinners; mass mailings; direct aid to individuals; conferences, seminars, workshops; sectarian, religious, fraternal purposes; endowments; federated fund raising; programs for which there is already substantial support; candidates for political office; lobbyists.
How To Apply: Send a preliminary letter to Executive Director outlining the nature of the project, amount requested and justification, and background of organization. Full proposal will be requested if project is deemed appropriate.
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The California State University provides funds each year for the purpose of increasing the diversity of qualified applicants for instructional faculty positions at its various campuses. This program offers loans of up to $10,000 per year to a total of $30,000 while the student is enrolled full time in a doctoral program at an approved and accredited institution. Loans are subsequently forgiven at a rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time teaching in the CSU. Enrollment or employment in the CSU is not required of applicants for this program.
Receipt of the award and successful completion of a doctoral program does not guarantee a faculty position in the CSU. In the event that the student does not or cannot obtain such a faculty position, the loan must be repaid at an interest rate comparable to that of other graduate student loans.
- View a video about the CDIP.
- Additional information and application forms are available at the SDSU Graduate Affairs Office.
FinAid offers students a useful resource for seeking out potential sources of financial support.