On-Campus Funding

CSULB funding opportunities for graduate programs (master's, doctoral, credential, and certificate).

Travel Funds for Students

Graduate Travel Fellowship 
The Graduate Travel Fellowship provides up to $1,000 to post-baccalaureate students enrolled in a CSULB master's, doctoral, credential, or graduate certificate program who are presenting at an academic conference. Support is available for all students (including international, and AB540 students).  

  • Students who have been selected to present a paper, talk, poster, or performance, in person or remotely, at a scholarly conference or convention are eligible to apply for up to $1000 in university travel support.
  • Students who are attending or volunteering at a scholarly conference or academic meeting, but not presenting a talk, poster, or performance, are eligible to apply for the cost of the conference registration.
  • NOTE: Because funds are limited, the Graduate Travel Fellowship is awarded only once per graduate student per academic year on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, no more Graduate Travel Fellowship funds are available for Spring 2024. More funds are expected to be available in Fall 2024.

ASI Student Travel Fund
Applications must be submitted no less than 3 weeks prior to the proposed date of departure (late applications will not be accepted). If you are traveling to present your own academic research, you can request reimbursement for transportation and conference/registration fees.  If you are attending a conference for your own academic enrichment and not presenting research, you can request reimbursement for conference/registration fees only. Click here to directly access the application form.  

Student Life and Development Travel Grant
The grant can be used to reimburse CSULB students for conference registration fees, transportation, lodging and memberships if required to present, co-present, compete and/or conduct a poster presentation. Students presenting and co-presenting are eligible to receive up to $400.00. Students conducting poster presentations or participating in competitions are eligible to receive up to $300.00.

Campus Wide Funding

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program
The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase diversity among university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Sally Casanova scholars receive a $5000 stipend that allows them to explore and prepare to succeed in PhD/doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. The program is open to current CSU graduate students and upper-division (junior and senior) undergrad students. 

ASI Student Research Fund
This fund supports and encourages undergraduate and graduate student research, scholarship, and creative activity under the guidance of faculty sponsors/mentors. Students can apply for grants to help cover the cost of: (1) research, scholarly, and creative activity projects (e.g., research materials; photocopies), (2) research-related professional development (e.g., field experience; travel to a conference relevant to the research project), or (3) publication of research findings (e.g., publication fees; printing charges). More information and application forms can be found at the link above and on the ASI Grants page

CSULB Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the official clearinghouse for scholarships at CSULB. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office collects, organizes, and distributes information on scholarships and administers specific scholarships for the Division of Student Affairs (University Scholarships). It also supports all the Colleges on campus with scholarships. For graduate students, two of the most useful pages maintained by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office are the Graduate Aid Programs page and the Scholarship FAQs page

State University Grant (SUG)
The State University Grant is funded by the State of California to assist students whose ability to attend post-secondary institutions is jeopardized due to financial constraints. The award covers up to the amount of the State Tuition Fee. Students must be residents of California, demonstrate financial need, and be assessed state tuition fees to be eligible for this award. See also the Graduate Aid Programs page and the CSULB SUG Eligibility page

CSULB Graduate Equity Fellowship
The Graduate Equity Fellowship (GEF) provides financial support to master’s and doctoral students who contribute to diversity, advance equity, and/or promote/contribute to the public good in their field of study either via scholarship, research, and creative efforts or via active engagement in programs or activities. Applicants must be nominated by a faculty member. Contact your graduate advisor for application procedures and deadlines.

Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

The California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) provides an opportunity for exceptional students interested in working as scholars and teachers in the CSU to receive comprehensive support during their doctoral studies. The CSU has an ambitious goal of increasing graduation rates for all students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. Fundamental to meeting this goal is supporting efforts to create a qualified and diverse faculty to meet the needs of the most ethnically and economically diverse student body in the nation. Since 1987, CDIP has supported 2,455 fellows pursuing doctoral degrees with mentoring, financial support, and professional development opportunities. Over 50 faculty members at CSULB were previous CDIP fellows.


  • Receive mentorship from a CSULB faculty member to (a) support completion of their doctoral studies and (b) develop their potential for employment as a CSU faculty member;
  • Have access to three CDIP grant programs:
    • Mini-Grants: up to $2500 for collaborative activities and research-dissertation activities (e.g., research supplies, small equipment, computer programs, software, books, journal subscriptions)
    • Travel Grants: up to $1,500 in travel funds to participate in professional meetings, conferences, and workshops (mentors are also eligible for $1500 in travel funds!)
    • Dissertation Fellowships: up to $5,000  in funds to support the completion of doctoral studies in the final year of the dissertation
  • Can choose to receive a loan of up to $10,000 per year for three years (max. $30,000), which will be forgiven at 20% per year for each year of fulltime postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU.

Office of Research and Economic Development
The Office of Research and Economic Development facilitates faculty and student research and grant activity. They maintain a helpful page on Funds for Students. 


Funding by CSULB College

College of the Arts

College of Business (MBA Students)

College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Health & Human Services

College of Liberal Arts

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics