Graduate Equity Fellowship

The purpose of the Graduate Equity Fellowship is to encourage and assist students in their pursuit and completion of master's degrees and careers. This fellowship is available only to California resident students admitted and enrolled in a master's degree program. Credential-only candidates are not eligible. 

Under the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program, awards from $1,000 to $3,000 may be made to graduate students enrolled at SJSU for the Fall/Spring academic year in which the call for applications is announced. Students must be enrolled in both academic terms and complete a minimum of 6 units in each. These 12 units must appear on the master's candidacy form. Coursework used to complete program prerequisites will not fulfill this enrollment requirement.  Program core coursework will fulfill the requirement.

Eligibility is based on possession of a first university degree equivalent to the U.S. baccalaureate by the first day of the Fall semester, admission into a master's program at SJSU, residency in the state of California, demonstration of a GPA of at least 2.7 in all undergraduate work, demonstration/maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.0 in all coursework, demonstration of a minimum financial need of $1,000, and at least 12 semester units of graduate work left to be completed.

The reality of the scholarship program is that applicants in their first semester of study are awarded funds less frequently and those awards are generally smaller than if the applicant waits until his or her second semester or year.  It is difficult for first-semester students to acquire a mentor, to have letters of recommendation written on their behalf, and to build a track record of scholarship. While it remains in the rules governing the scholarship to allow beginning graduate students to apply, it would be to the benefit of the students to delay the application. Once an award is made, students may not apply for a second award the next year.  Students in one-year programs will be evaluated the same as though they were in the second year of  their master's program.

Message to 2014-2015 Graduate Equity Fellows

If the classes you took in Fall 2014 or plan to take in Spring 2015 differ from those listed on the GEF Petition for Candidacy form you submitted with your original application, it will be necessary for you to resubmit a corrected form with your Spring supplemental documents. 

How To Apply

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year cycle will be available in April 2015.