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Fellowships & Internships
Fellowships are typically awarded to students pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree. Recipients are determined through a competitive application process based on academic achievement, financial need, major, and/or other criteria established by the selection committee. Additionally, recipients may be expected to participate in special projects or research activities overseen by a faculty mentor. The proceeds of the fellowship are used to help offset recipients' cost of education and/or research expenses.
Fellowships that are used to pay for qualified expenses, such as tuition, books, and fees, are not taxable income. However, any amount exceeding qualified expenses is considered taxable income for both U.S. and international students.
Graduate Equity Fellowship (GEF)
The GEF program is funded by the CSU System and by CSUB, and seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs in the CSU, encourages continuation toward doctoral programs, and promotes consideration of university faculty careers. It provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged CSU students who have had success in overcoming educational disadvantages. An individual grant award amount may be up to $2,000 for an academic year. Students may receive awards for a maximum of two years, dependent on demonstrated need and academic progress, but must apply each year in the spring term. Recipients are expected to participate in special projects or research activities overseen by a faculty mentor.
To qualify, a student must:
- be formally admitted to a specific graduate program at CSUB
- be a full-time graduate student for the duration of the award
- meet one or more of the following categories:
- - economically disadvantaged
- - have disabilities
- - be a woman in the natural and mathematical sciences
- - be from another underrepresented group.
Applications will be evaluated based on academic performance, financial need, underrepresented status, major, life experience and special circumstances. To apply please go to the Graduate Student Center to review the Guidelines and complete an Application.
An internship is typically a hands-on learning experience within a business or organization setting that exposes the student to their field of interest. Some professions require students to have participated in an internship program before they can be hired as an employee. Internships vary on whether or not students are paid to participate. Compensation received for an internship is considered taxable income for both U.S. and international students.
For information on the availability of internships, please contact the CSUB Center for Community Engagement and Career Education (CECE) online or by phone at (661) 654-3033.
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Phone: (661) 654-3016
Fax: (661) 654-6800
Federal School Code: 007993
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