Student Grants

International Program Scholarships 

Josephine Chandler Scholarship

The Dean's Office for the College of Humanities and the Arts awards the Dr. Josephine Chandler Humanities Scholarship Award [pdf] in the amount of $1,000. Academic excellence and a commitment to the study of the humanities are the primary criteria for awarding this scholarship. Students must complete the application process through STARS, which includes a one-page statement discussing the importance of the humanities to modern life.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The recipient of the Dr. Josephine Chandler Humanities Scholarship must be majoring in an academic program in one of the following departments: English and Comparative Literature, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Linguistics and Language Development, or Philosophy.
  • Nominees must possess a minimum grade point average of 3.50
  • Students at all levels, including entering freshmen and graduate students, are eligible for this award.

SJSU Alumni Association Scholarships

These scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate students with a minimum major GPA of 3.5 and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students must demonstrate excellence in academic and community service. Two students from each of the eight colleges will be selected along with one student from the School of Library and Information Sciences. Apply for this award on STARS.

SJSU Research Forum

The campus-wide Annual Research Forum will occur in March. Departments nominate their best undergraduate and graduate research and creative projects of the past year academic year. The competition is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Nominees should supply the nomination cover sheet (“registration” form attached) and the written summary of the research or creative activity (not to exceed five double-spaced typewritten pages). This is the key to a successful nomination, and faculty mentors or supervisors need to work with the nominee in preparing a clear, succinct summary of the student's research. However, the student should author the written summary. Other materials, such as slides or art work, videos or recordings of video, musical, or theatre performances, should be included if they will be used by the student in presenting his or her work.
The top four nominees from the College will compete in the University Research Forum. They will be expected to make a ten minute oral presentation based on their research or creative activity and will be given three minutes to respond to questions on their work. Presentations in the Humanities and Arts will occur in March before the Graduate Studies and Research Committee and faculty experts within their disciplines. The winners will receive a $500 cash prize. Each winner at the University Forum will attend the CSU system-wide competition.

Departments that have both scholarly and artistic majors may nominate one outstanding undergraduate in each category. Departments with graduate programs in both artistic and scholarly disciplines may also nominate one outstanding student in each category. For more infomation, call Graduate Studies: 408-924-2480.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University (CSU) students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions.

Applications may be obtained online or  in the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

Bertha Kalm Scholarship for First Year Graduate Students

The Graduate Studies & Research Department is pleased to announce the availability of the Berth Kalm Scholarship for Graduate Students at SJSU in the amouth of $500.00. Awards are restricted to first year candidates for the master's degree at SJSU. Applicants will be evaluated by the Graduate Studies & Research Committee on the quality of scholarship that has established eligibility for admission to the graduate program, the personal statement regarding goals to be achieved by the master's degree, and faculty assessment of potential success. Additional consideration will be given to applicants with financial needs. Only one application may be submitted from each program.

Outstanding Thesis Award

Contact your advisor in order to be nominated for this annual award. The two outstanding winners at the university level will each receive $500. Winners will be presented at the commencement ceremonies in May and will sit with the platform party.

When making a submission, please include the completed thesis and a one-page statement indicating the reasons for the nominees selection, including the contribution the thesis makes to knowledge in the discipline. The College Research Committee will use this statement as an important reference in conducting the review.

Disability Resource Center

The SJSU Disability Resource Center invites nominees for several awards to be bestowed at its Annual Recognition Awards. Self-nominations are not accepted.

McNair Scholars Program

The Ronaldh E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is an exciting effort designed to encourage low-income individuals who are first generation college students and/or traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study. The McNair Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, proposes to motivate and prepare promising undergraduate students for graduate study. Named for the Challenger space shuttle crew member, the Ronald E. McNair Program serves as a living memorial to a man who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to be awarded his Ph.D. in physics and later, to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut for NASA. At SJSU, the program is directed by Dr. Connie Baker with Dr Joe Canton as the Research Coordinator. A McNair Scholar is eligible to:

  • Participate in a 6-week Summer Research Project under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor at San Jose State University
  • Attend intensive GRE preparation sessions
  • Receive a $2,800 stipend for research-related activities
  • Publish your research in the McNair Scholars Journal and present findings at a national symposium
  • Attend seminars designed to introduce participants to the nature of graduate education, and to successful role models who have obtained doctoral degrees.
  • gain assistance to ensure admission to graduate programs of choice.

Online Applications are now being accepted. Allow at least two weeks to complete your application. Eligibility: Overall GPA of 2.8 and above; completed minimum of 30 units; underrepresented in graduate education (African American, American Indian; Mexican American) OR low-income and first generation in college.


Angela Konng (408) 924-2631

SJSU Student Services Center, Room 522