Graduate Equity Fellowship

San Francisco State University's Graduate Equity Fellowship program aims to increase diversity by encouraging students with educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds and outstanding academic records to pursue and complete master's and doctoral degrees. The fellowship is only available to students admitted to an SFSU master's or doctoral degree program. Students in blended bachelor’s/master’s degree programs are eligible once they enroll as graduate students. Credential-only and certificate students are not eligible.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2024-2025 Graduate Equity Fellowship is May 27, 2024. Please scroll down for the link to the application after reading the eligibility requirements below.

Under the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program, awards of up to $3,500 may be made to graduate students in master's degree programs, and up to $5,000 for graduate students in doctoral programs at San Francisco State University for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Applicants must:

  • have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • be newly admitted to or Current in an SFSU master's or doctoral program by the effective date of the award;
  • be considered residents of the State of California for fee purposes;
  • have maintained a GPA of at least 2.70 in all undergraduate work;
  • have maintained a GPA of at least 3.25 in all graduate work;
  • be eligible for financial aid, as determined by the SFSU Office of Student Financial Aid;
  • complete the California Dream Application for AB 540 students;
  • enroll in and complete a minimum of eight units of course work applicable to the degree objective during each term of the award.
  • Note: you may submit your application prior to notification of admission to graduate school. If selected, your award will be contingent on your acceptance.

How To Apply

  • New students must submit the application for admission to the University and to the degree program by the published application deadline dates.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and submit it to the Federal Processor. You can obtain a FAFSA form from the Student Financial Aid Office in the Student Services Building.
  • All applications must be submitted online through Academic Works.
  • Login to San Francisco State’s Scholarship database at
  • Search for Graduate Equity Fellowship Program.
  • You will be notified of your award status in July.