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Graduate Equity Fellowship*

The Graduate Equity Fellowship* (GEF) Program awards grants to students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. This program 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 and promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities.

Recipients are determined through a competitive application process based upon on academic achievement, financial need, and/or other criteria established by the selection committee. To qualify for a Graduate Equity Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a California resident or have an AB540 affidavit on-file at CSUB;
  • Be admitted to a CSUB graduate program as a classified or conditionally classified student;
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA);
  • Have financial need of at least $1,000;
  • Enroll full-time in an eligible graduate degree program; and
  • Demonstrate potential to succeed in graduate school and to complete a graduate degree program in no more than two years (for master’s students) or four years (for doctoral students) as evidenced by previous coursework and letters of recommendation.

Individual awards range from $500 to $2,000 per academic year and may be renewed by reapplying by the next deadline. Fellowships 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.

For more information, please view the GEF Documents below:


Applications for 2020-21 academic year are now closed. 

The application for the 21-22 academic year will open in the Spring of 2021. 

*Please note this funding opportunity is not available to students in Extended Education Master Programs.

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California State University, Bakersfield
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9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022