Through the generous contributions of supporters, foundations and alumni the Department of Economics is able to offer the following scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. In all cases, students must be officially declared economics majors and in good standing.

 Annual Best Paper and Biannual Best Proposal Competitions

The Department of Economics currently runs a number of research competitions for students.  Awards are made in two ways.  A student can submit either 1.) an example of a piece of research they completed,  or 2.) a research proposal they developed.  Both papers and proposals must be developed under the guidance of an SJSU Economics faculty member.  Both proposals and papers must be examples of academic economic research. 

Thus, awards are made through two competitions, a Paper Competition and a Proposal Competition.  Click the links that follow to download the Paper Competition Applications Form and the Proposal Competition Application Form.

For the Paper Competition, on May 15th of each year we make three paper awards; in Spring 2015, we hope to offer one $2,000 award, one $1,000 award, and one $500 award, though this is contingent upon receiving enough qualified academic papers. To apply, email your completed research paper in PDF format, along with the Paper Competition Application Form (available at the link above) to the director of the research and proposal competitions, Dr. Robi Ragan (  Please submit your paper ON May 15th.  Note that while you should not submit your paper before the submission date, you are encouraged to contact the director before these dates, as well as to work closely with a faculty mentor, to receive feedback on your paper prior to submission. 

For the Proposal Competition, applicants submit proposals ON October 15th or March 15th, for the Fall or Spring semesters, respectively.  Each semester we hope to make three awards at $1,000 each, though this is contingent upon receiving enough qualified academic proposals.  Proposals must follow a specific format; the SFP Research Proposal template can be downloaded at the link above.  Note that while you should not submit your proposal before the submission dates, you are encouraged to contact the director before these dates to receive feedback on your proposal. 

The table below summarizes the details of the Research competitions.

Competition Submission Deadline Anticipated Award Amounts
Fall Proposal Competition October 15th                             three at $1,000 each
Spring Proposal Competition March15th three at $1,000 each
Annual Paper Competition

May 15th

one at $2,000, one at $1,000 and one at $500


Graduate Fellowships in Austrian Economics

The Department of Economics offers fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Austrian Economics. Interested students should contact Jeffrey Rogers Hummel (


College of Social Science Scholarships

Outstanding achievement by students majoring in one of the Social Sciences is recognized by the award of College Scholarships at a Spring Honors Ceremony. The scholarships represent the generosity of many friends and alumni. They honor former deans and students in the College of Social Sciences. These scholarships are designed to reward academic excellence, as well as to help finance the ever-increasing costs of higher education. Selection reflects impressive accomplishments of a college career.  For more information, please visit the College of Social Sciences Webpage.