Research and Graduate Studies

Funding Sources

Thesis/Dissertation/Project/Performance Support Program

Funds are available for graduate students, both masters and doctoral, working on research projects, dissertations, and theses. Awards up to $1,000 may be provided to selected students, based on review of an application which outlines the project, dissertation, thesis, or performance and anticipated costs. Costs associated with travel to a research site, supplies, minor equipment and library searches are examples of expenditures which are supported. Students may only receive support once.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2016 by 5:00pm

Thesis Support Application (.pdf)


Graduate Equity Program

This program is designed to increase the diversity of students completing a master’s degree and encourage further study in PhD programs. It does so by supporting the aspirations of CSUN graduate students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. This fellowship is only available to California residents who are admitted and enrolled in a CSUN State supported master’s degree program. Credential-only or certificate candidates are not eligible.

The program provides fellowships up to $4,000 to CSUN Master’s students enrolled in the 2016/2017 academic year. The fellowships are intended to minimize students’ debt burden, allowing them to complete their program more quickly and speed their pursuit of doctoral studies.

Available in Spring 2018


Graduate Student Travel Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies provides a limited number of travel funding (up to $400) for graduate students who are first author presenting a paper, poster or performance at a peer-reviewed professional conference. Please note: Funding is limited to one award per semester.  CSUN employees are not eligible, except TAs and GAs. Download and complete the application and send to Gloria Rocklin at:

Note: Students must first seek funds from the Office of Associated Students (AS). This program may cover expenditures such as conference registration fees, airfare, hotel and ground transportation. For more information, contact the accounting office of Associated Students at (818) 677-2477 or apply online at: Student Travel and Academic Research (STAR) Funding.

Fall 2017 Application will be available in August


Associated Students Travel and Academic Funding

The purpose of Student Travel & Academic Research (STAR) is to encourage the intellectual development of individual CSUN students, or small groups, by partially funding costs associated with scholarly work. Projects may include original research or other academic work, such as papers, posters, performance pieces and presentations at academic or professional conferences or competitions. Up to $3,000 is available for small group academic research projects, and, typically, up to $500 per person. The following are hypothetical examples of eligible research projects.

  • Thesis research or projects
  • Senior projects, which may include interviews, field trips or animation
  • Film, screenwriting, play, workshop, musical work or performance projects
  • Scientific and quasi-scientific study or experiment
  • Research projects relating to one’s academic discipline

Up to $600, or a maximum of $6,000 for as many as ten persons, is available for travel to academic conferences. Examples of covered expenditures include conference registration fees, airfare, hotel and ground transportation. Students must submit proof (invitation or receipt) that he or she will be presenting or speaking at the conference.

STAR funding is available on a first-come, first served basis. There is not an annual application process. Currently enrolled students may submit requests for STAR funding throughout the academic year at least one month in advance. Retroactive funding is not permitted. 

To apply for funding visit: Student Travel and Academic Research (STAR) Funding.


Teaching Associate and Graduate Assistant

Contact your department for more information.


External Funding Opportunities

For a list of grant and scholarships from external agencies, please visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Student Opportunities webpage.