Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Are you preparing to attend graduate school? The OUR is here to support you apply for awards and fellowships. While you don’t need these awards to attend graduate school, they can open the door to more opportunities.


The Sally Casanova California Pre-doctoral Scholar Program 

Designed for current juniors, seniors, and Master’s Students in the CSU students “given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while experiencing economic or educational disadvantage, as well as committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.” We encourage CSUDH students planning for a PhD to apply for this program! The internal deadline for your application will be announced in the Fall. To apply, you need to identify a faculty mentor during the Fall and then contact the Campus Coordinator, to discuss your application. More information to come.

Sally Casanova CA Pre-Doctoral Info Sheet     CA Pre-Doc Tips and How to Apply

Current and Previous CSUDH Sally Casanova Awardees


The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship 

Designed for students in nearly all fields of study who are planning to enroll in a PhD program. The deadline is in December. 

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program (NSF GRFP)

For students who are planning to attend grad school next year in STEM (including the social sciences) and STEM Education. The office offers a workshop to help you apply for the GRFP. The deadline is in October, and involves a 3-page personal statement and a 2-page research proposal. 

NSF GRFP Example Applications (personal statements, research proposals and ratings)

The Ray Diversity Fellowship

The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the conservation and clean energy NGO sectors. The Fellowship is designed to support and attract recent college graduates of color with exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. 

In addition, here are links to Other Funding Opportunities.

Pathways to Science STEM Fellowships

NASEM Fellowships Office