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Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards (will be available in Spring 2023)

The Office of Graduate Studies provides awards for graduate students who are returning the following academic year or who are graduating in the spring term.

Please click on the accordion below for more information and the award amounts for each graduate student award.

Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) Graduate Project/Thesis Memorial Award

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The purpose of the award is to recognize excellent scholarship and provide financial support for graduate student creative activities that are a required part of a master's program. This award is available to students who are returning for the 2022-2023 academic year or graduating in Spring 2022. Four awards of $2500 each will be given. Two or more students working on the same project may apply for an award, submitting one application. If a joint project is chosen for an award, the money will be divided, and one presentation will be given. In the following application directions, “project” refers to a required culminating experience in a CSUN master's program. For questions regarding this award opportunity, please contact the ARF Awards Committee Chair Dr. Timothy Fox.

To learn more about this graduate student award and to access the application, please click: ARF Memorial Award Application (.docx)

Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student

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This annual award is presented to an outstanding graduate student who has completed or will be completing degree requirements by May 25, 2022. The determining factors for the award are based on a record of distinguished scholarship, a minimum GPA of 3.5, two letters of recommendation, and narrative essay. The award recipient will receive $3,000 and will be announced at Honors Convocation. For questions regarding this award opportunity, please contact Gloria Rocklin from the Office of Graduate Studies.

To learn more about this graduate student award and to access the application, please click: Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award Application

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

SPECIAL NOTE: Your recommendation letters and application documents must be submitted through the myMatador Scholarship system. Your recommenders 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.

Robert H. Schiffman Memorial Award for Outstanding Research Promise

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The purpose of the award is to recognize a graduate student who shows promise in scholarship, research or creative activity. This program is available to students enrolled in a master's degree program only. Applicants must be in earlier stages of conducting research or creative activity for their culminating experience (e.g., thesis or graduate project). Applicants must be returning to CSUN for the 2022-2023 academic year. The recipient of this award will receive $750. For questions regarding this award opportunity, please contact Gloria Rocklin from the Office of Graduate Studies.

To learn more about this graduate student award and to access the application, please click: Robert H. Schiffman Memorial Award Application

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

SPECIAL NOTE: Your recommendation letters and application documents must be submitted through the myMatador Scholarship system. Your recommenders 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.