Application Guidelines

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

1.)    Carefully read the Eligibility Requirements to determine whether you are eligible for this award;

2.)     Complete the two-page application form and provide necessary documentation (Student Aid Report (SAR), Personal Statement, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, two Letters of Recommendation, and Advancement to Candidacy form or Graduation Plan showing all courses taken or to be taken in completing your master’s program).  Be sure to provide accurate contact information so that our office can reach you. 

3.)     The application requires two letters of recommendation from SJSU faculty members, one of whom will serve as your mentor during the award period.  Select faculty members who are best able to write about your strengths and abilities.  Your mentor must provide a letter of recommendation specifically stating agreement to act as your mentor with this application. If the Fall 2020 semester will be your first at SJSU, you may submit one letter from a faculty member at your bachelor's degree-granting institution and another from your SJSU faculty mentor.  These letters of recommendation may be in the form of an email addressed to graduate-studies@sjsu.edu with "GEF - Students Name" in the subject line.  It is your responsibility to check with your mentor and other faculty members to make sure these emails have been sent prior to the deadline.

Suggestion:  Provide the faculty members with a copy of the Graduate Equity Fellowship Application Guidelines to help them understand the purpose of the Graduate Equity Program and focus their letter.  You may also ask the faculty members to proofread your personal statement.  Having faculty members read it will help you catch unnecessary errors and will give them more information about your goals.

4.)     The Personal Statement is a persuasive narrative that highlights your strengths and abilities.  Be sure to answer everything that is asked in the prompt.  Most importantly: Given the purpose of the Graduate Equity Fellowship, use your personal statement to highlight how and why you are a strong candidate to receive a fellowship.  The Personal Statement is to be a typed 500-word, double-spaced, single-sided essay.  Be sure your name and Student ID are on each page.

 5.)     Use the Honors and Activities section to list any extracurricular activities, recognitions and memberships, awards, and work or volunteer experience in which you have participated in to advance your educational and career goals.  Include dates and other relevant information.  You may also include a C.V. or resume that highlights your honors and activities.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  June 5, 2020.

Submission Adjustments During Shelter in Place Order

  1. Letters of recommendation may be in email form from the submitter and may be sent to the student (if the faculty wishes) or directly to the College of Graduate Studies (see above).
  2. The final package should be sent as one pdf from the student that includes the application, FASFA/SAR report, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (official or unofficial), Advancement to Candidacy or Graduation Plan, and any letters of recommendation sent to you directly instead of the College of Graduate Studies.
  3. The pdf package must be emailed to graduate-studies@sjsu.edu, and the subject line should be worded "GEF - Student Name."