Graduate Studies

List of Fellowships and Awards

Whether you are conducting research or expanding your professional skills, here are a few financial support opportunities that Chico State and the Office of Graduate Studies provide. Explore fellowships, scholarships/awards, grants, and other financial aid opportunities we provide to help you pursue your academic goals. 

Adelante Program: Aid for Latinx and Low-Income Students

Have you heard about Chico State’s Adelante program? It’s a pipeline program funded by a five-year, $2.9 million grant helping Latinx and low-income students get into and through graduate school.

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Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

The Graduate Equity Fellowship Program (GEFP) seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs at Chico State, encourages exploration of doctoral degree opportunities, and promotes consideration of university faculty careers. It provides support for students from historically underrepresented groups, including those who have experienced economic disadvantages, restricted access to quality educational opportunities, and underrepresentation in the respective discipline.  

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Research and Conference Funding

Current graduate students may apply for funds up to $200 for reimbursement for conference presentations and travel or research (e.g. travel to libraries, purchase of equipment) within the United StatesApplications are accepted until funds have been fully disbursed. 

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Outstanding Thesis or Project Award

The winners of the Outstanding Thesis and Project are each recognized with a cash award, identified on the master’s commencement program, and are listed on the perpetual plaques displayed in the Graduate School. Nominees for the Outstanding Thesis or Project Award must have graduated in the spring, summer, or fall of the preceding calendar year. Each college may submit a maximum of one thesis and/or one project nomination. The college’s nominee(s) are typically selected by the college’s Outstanding Thesis/Project Committee from among projects and theses forwarded for consideration to the college office from departments. 

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Graduate Assistants, Teaching Associates, and Internships

Many master’s degree programs have Graduate Assistant (GA) and/or Teaching Associate (TA) positions open to qualified graduate students. Check with your graduate coordinator to learn more about these options and their availability.

Both GA and TA employment policies are governed by the negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between California State University and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), AFL-CIO and its Local Union 4123. These positions are both part of Bargaining Unit 11.

To qualify for participation in either a GA or TA position, a student must meet the following qualifications:
  1. Must be admitted to a master’s degree program. Credential students do not qualify.
  2. Must be enrolled in a minimum of one unit toward the completion of a graduate degree during the appointment period. Enrollment under adjunct status does not qualify.
  3. Registration fees must be paid, or the student must have enough anticipated financial aid to pay these fees.

GA’s may not work more than 20 hours per week in these positions or in combination of employment as a “student” worker while also appointed to a Unit 11 position. Otherwise, the student may risk losing their GA position. TA’s are now salaried non-exempt employees who may be appointed up to the equivalent of full-time (40 hours per week) over the period of the appointment if they are only TA’s. If they are also working as a GA or ISA or regular student employee, the 20 hours rule still applies across all student positions. This is in accordance with the Unit 11 CBA. (Note: Instructional Student Assistants (ISAs) are student employees also represented in Unit 11.)

Students in many departments are encouraged (and in some cases required) to complete an internship during their academic career. An internship will generally help students not only have greater levels of experience and thus be more marketable but will also provide a better understanding of future career paths. Employers look for graduates who “stand-out.” Intern experience may be exactly what you need to improve your marketability to future employers.

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Financial Aid

Graduate students can qualify for the following financial support:

Financial Aid

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Scholarship Opportunities

California State University, Chico, provides merit and scholarship awards to deserving students for graduate studies, and many go unfilled. Each year the number and size of these awards vary according to annual endowment earnings, contributions to scholarship funds, and applicant qualifications.

Scholarships are provided based on a variety of criteria, including academic merit, financial need, participation in clubs and activities, volunteer and community involvement, major and career goals, etc.

For Questions and Assistance, Contact:

Financial Aid & Scholarship Office | Student Services Center, Room 250 | 530-898-6451 | |

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Grant Opportunities

Many government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and professional associations offer funding for graduate research and study. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for research, travel, and study grants to support graduate-level research.

Each month, the Graduate School sends monthly graduate student announcements to all enrolled students. These announcements include a section on grant opportunities.

Students are also encouraged to take advantage of CSU, Chico's Internal Research Grants.

Students may also want to search online on major databases such as:

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Pre-Doctoral Programs

For students aspiring to pursue a doctorate, we highly encourage exploring the following programs specifically designed to support your academic journey. These programs aim to provide the necessary resources, mentorship, and guidance to help you thrive and succeed in your doctoral studies.s:

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Employee Fee Waiver Program

One of the many benefits of employment at Chico State (and all CSU campuses) is the Employee Fee Waiver Program.  This benefit allows eligible faculty, staff (and dependents) to attend any CSU courses at reduced rates(opens in new window)! Generally, the program is designed to assist employees in improving their current job skills or in preparing for a new career.

Read more about the Fee Waiver Program(opens in new window)

Choosing a Fee Waiver Option

Fee Waiver FAQs

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