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Funding Programs

The Office of Graduate Studies provides several funding opportunities. Funds are available for incoming and current graduate students. Please click the accordion below to view all of the funding programs.

Alumni Higher Education Program-No longer accepting applications

Application Period
Opens:
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Closes: Monday, February 14, 2022

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 for the academic year (2021-2022). 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 be enrolled in 6 units or more for the fall term.
  • 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:

  • Any CSU employee or their dependents receiving a university fee waiver.
  • Graduate students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall 2021 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2022 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 secondary degree at CSUN. 
  • A copy of all 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-No longer accepting applications

Application Period
Opens:
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Closes: Monday, February 14, 2022

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 be enrolled in 6 units or more for the current Fall 2021 term.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a financial need.
  • Applicants must have a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application on file for the current academic year.
  • 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.
  • 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 2021 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2022 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 in California, specifically at California State University, Northridge.
  • A copy of all 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-No longer accepting applications

Application Period
Opens:
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Closes: Monday, February 14, 2022

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 2021 term.
  • 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.
  • Graduate students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall 2021 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2022 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 the journey you have taken to get to California State University, Northridge and your motivation to pursue a graduate degree from this institution.
  • A copy of all 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-No longer accepting applications

Application Period
Opens:
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Closes: Monday, February 14, 2022

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 3.5 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.
  • 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:

  • New incoming international graduate students.
  • Applicants who have previously received this award.
  • Graduate students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall 2021 term are not eligible to apply as this award will be disbursed during the Spring 2022 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 in the United States and specifically at California State University, Northridge.
  • A copy of all 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.