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Funding Programs

Application Period

Open: Monday, November 14, 2022
Close: Monday, December 5, 2022

The Office of Graduate Studies provides several funding opportunities. Funds are available for current graduate students.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students enrolled in a credential or certificate program are not eligible for these funding programs.

Please click the accordion below to view all of the funding programs.

Alumni Higher Education Program

The purpose of the Alumni Higher Education Program is to recognize and assist alumni who are dedicated to the university and want to continue their graduate education at CSUN. Recipients of this award will each receive $1,000.00. Award recipients will be chosen on the basis of a personal statement, a letter of recommendation, and GPA.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have received at least one of the following from the first 3 bolded bullets:

  • An undergraduate degree from CSUN and be admitted to a graduate program or
  • A master’s degree from CSUN and be admitted to a doctoral program or
  • A teaching credential from CSUN and be admitted to a master’s program.
  • Applicants must have a CSUN GPA of a 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate degree and current graduate students must have a CSUN GPA of a 3.5 or higher.
  • Applicants must have enrolled in 6 units or more for the Fall 2022 term.
  • Applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a CSUN faculty member.
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to the prompt provided.
  • Must upload a copy of their CSUN unofficial transcripts.
  • Recipients must participate in CSUNposium (also known as the Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium) which will be held in the spring semester.

Not Eligible:

  • Applicants who have previously received this award.
  • Applicants enrolled in a credential program or certificate program.
  • Any CSU employee or their dependents receiving a university fee waiver are not eligible.
  • Graduate students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall 2022 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2023 term.

What is Required:

  • One letter of recommendation from a CSUN faculty member.
  • A personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to the following prompt: Please describe your motivation for continuing to pursue a graduate degree and for choosing CSUN for graduate studies.
  • A copy of your CSUN unofficial transcripts.
  • An application submitted through the myMatador Scholarships database.

How to Apply:

For technical assistance with the my Matador Scholarships portal please contact the Scholarships Office at (818) 677-4907.

SPECIAL NOTE: Your recommendation letter, personal statement and unofficial transcripts must be submitted through the myMatador Scholarship system. Your recommender will receive a request to submit the recommendation letter through the system, but please follow up with them to make sure that they submit by the due date. For questions regarding this scholarship opportunity please contact the Office of Graduate Studies @ (818) 677-2138.

Domestic Non-Resident Program

The Domestic Non-Resident Program will be awarded to domestic non-resident students who are dedicated to the university and want to pursue their graduate education at CSUN. Recipients of this award will each receive $1,000.00. Award recipients will be chosen on the basis of a personal statement, a letter of recommendation, and a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctorate degree program.
  • Applicants may not be a resident of California.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of a 3.5 or higher.
  • Applicants must have enrolled in 6 units or more for the current Fall 2022 term.
  • Applicants must have a FAFSA on file for the current academic year.
  • Applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer (no personal letters).
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to a provided prompt.
  • Applicants must submit a copy of their unofficial transcripts.
  • Recipients must participate in CSUNposium (also known as the Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium) which will be held in the spring semester.

Not Eligible:

  • Applicants who have previously received this award.
  • Applicants enrolled in a credential program or certificate program.
  • Graduate students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall 2022 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2023 term.
  • Any CSU employee or their dependents receiving a university fee waiver are not eligible.

What is Required:

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer (no personal letters).
  • A personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to the following prompt: Please describe your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at California State University, Northridge.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • An application submitted through the myMatador Scholarships database.

How to Apply:

For technical assistance with the my Matador Scholarships portal please contact the Scholarships Office at (818) 677-4907.

SPECIAL NOTE: Your recommendation letter, personal statement and unofficial transcripts must be submitted through the myMatador Scholarship system. Your recommender will receive a request to submit the recommendation letter through the system, but please follow up with them to make sure that they submit by the due date. For questions regarding this scholarship opportunity please contact the Office of Graduate Studies @ (818) 677-2138.

Graduate Dreamers Program

The purpose of the Graduate Dreamers Program is to assist undocumented students who are dedicated to the university and want to pursue their graduate education at CSUN. Recipients of this award will each receive $1,000.00. Award recipients will be chosen on the basis of a personal statement, a letter of recommendation, and a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctorate degree program.
  • Applicants must be matriculated graduate students.
  • Applicants must have an approved California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request (AB 540 Affidavit) on file with the University.
  • Applicants must have a completed CA Dream Act Application on file for the current academic year.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.50.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in 6 units or more for the Fall 2022 term.
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to a provided prompt.
  • Applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer (no personal letters).
  • Applicants must submit a copy of all unofficial transcripts.
  • Recipients must participate in CSUNposium (also known as the Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium) which will be held in the spring semester.

Not Eligible:

  • Applicants who have previously received this award.
  • Applicants enrolled in a credential program or certificate program.
  • Graduate students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall 2022 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2023 term.

What is Required:

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer (no personal letters).
  • A personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to the following prompt: Please describe your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree and for choosing CSUN for graduate studies.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • An application submitted through the myMatador Scholarships database.

How to Apply:

For technical assistance with the my Matador Scholarships portal please contact the Scholarships Office at (818) 677-4907.

SPECIAL NOTE: Your recommendation letter, personal statement and unofficial transcripts must be submitted through the myMatador Scholarship system. Your recommender will receive a request to submit the recommendation letter through the system, but please follow up with them to make sure that they submit by the due date. For questions regarding this scholarship opportunity please contact the Office of Graduate Studies @ (818) 677-2138.

International Graduate Student Program

The International Graduate Student Program will be awarded to continuing international graduate students. Recipients of this award will each receive $1,000 for the academic year (2021-2022). Award recipients will be chosen on the basis of a personal statement, a letter of recommendation, and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student for the academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants & recipients must be in F-1 student status.
  • Applicants must have a 3.50 GPA or higher.
  • Applicants must be a continuing matriculated F-1 student enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at CSUN (8 units) for the academic year.
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to a provided prompt.
  • Applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer (no personal letters).
  • Applicants must submit a copy of their CSUN unofficial transcript.
  • Recipients must participate in CSUNposium (also known as the Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium) which will be held in the spring semester.

Not Eligible:

  • Graduate students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall 2022 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2023 term.
  • Applicants who have previously received this award.
  • Applicants enrolled in a credential program or certificate program.
  • New incoming international graduate students.

 What is Required:

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer (no personal letters).
  • A personal statement (maximum one page, double-spaced) in which you provide a response to the following prompt: Please describe your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in the United States and specifically at California State University, Northridge.
  • A copy of your CSUN unofficial transcripts.
  • An application submitted through the myMatador Scholarships database.

How to Apply:

For technical assistance with the my Matador Scholarships portal please contact the Scholarships Office at (818) 677-4907.

SPECIAL NOTE: Your recommendation letter, personal statement and unofficial transcripts must be submitted through the myMatador Scholarship system. Your recommender will receive a request to submit the recommendation letter through the system, but please follow up with them to make sure that they submit by the due date. For questions regarding this scholarship opportunity please contact the Office of Graduate Studies @ (818) 677-2138.