San Diego State University



Open Education Database PhD Scholarships

Finding scholarships as a PhD student can be much more challenging than as an undergrad. With far fewer scholarship opportunities available, most PhD candidates struggle to make ends meet. As college costs continue to rise, our college planning experts at are looking to ease the burden of student debt, by making scholarships easily accessible for all types of students.

Tuition Assistance for Out-of-State and Foreign Students

In California, all students are required to pay a registration fee based on the number of units in which they enroll. In addition to this fee, nonresidents of California, including international students, pay tuition of approximately $339 per unit.

The Graduate Division often makes funds available to assist with tuition. Applicants for the tuition assistance program must be permanent residents or citizens of the U.S., or a nonresident who is a citizen and resident of a foreign country. Assistance is provided on a semester-by-semester basis only for students who hold appointments as teaching associates, graduate assistants, or a combination of the two, requiring a workload of approximately 20 hours per week.

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

The Graduate Equity Fellowship Program provides support for economically disadvantaged graduate students, especially from groups that are under-represented within their respective disciplines. Only legal residents of California who can demonstrate significant financial need are eligible. Recipients must be classified graduate students and must enroll for a minimum of nine units of coursework each semester they hold the fellowship. The amount of the fellowship ranges from $500 to $4,000 for an academic year depending on demonstrated need. Students may receive awards for a maximum of two academic years, but they must apply each year.

  • Interested students should contact the SDSU Division of Graduate Affairs for more detailed information and to obtain an application and should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both applications must be submitted by May of each year.

National Fellowships

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships receives annual announcements of Fulbright, Marshall, Kent, Rotary, and other national fellowship programs. Since each campus is limited in the number of applications it may endorse, students interested in fellowships of this type are encouraged to discuss their applications with the Scholarship Director and with members of the university faculty who have themselves received these fellowships. Since test scores from the GRE General Test are required, students should take this examination well in advance of the deadline date for the submission of applications.

Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program

The California State University (CSU) provides funds each year for the purpose of increasing the diversity of qualified applicants for instructional faculty positions at its various campuses. This program offers loans up to $10,000 per year to a total of $30,000 while the student is enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at an approved and accredited institution. Loans are subsequently forgiven at a rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time teaching in the CSU.





last updated: 3/27/2017