Grad Students

Grad Students

Graduate Opportunities and Financial Resources

California State University, East Bay offers numerous forms of financial support for current graduate students. The Office of Graduate Studies coordinates the many programs which provide financial resources and educational opportunities in support of your graduate education.

The State University Grant (SUG) pays the mandatory state university tuition fee for eligible Cal State East Bay graduate students who are California residents. The grant pays to students who are enrolled in at least half-time enrollment (4+ units for Masters Program ; 6+ units for Credential Program).

Students with other registration fee payment resources, including fee scholarships, fee waivers, Cal Grant (fees) and Vocational Rehabilitation, and students who do not pay the State University Fee are not eligible to receive SUG. Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid if registration fees are paid by any third party.

Grants are based on need and annual funding, and priority is given to eligible students applying by March 2nd.

For more information about State University Grant, CLICK HERE.

The Graduate Equity Fellowship Program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing grad­uate degree programs at Cal State East Bay, encourages continuation towards doctoral programs, and promotes consideration of university faculty careers. It provides fellowships for Cal State East Bay students with educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have had success in overcoming these disadvantages.

For more information about program eligibility, application, and deadlines visit Office of Graduate Studies.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program, jointly developed by the California State University and the University of California, seeks to increase the pool of potential California State University faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

This program helps students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral studies through faculty mentoring, scholarly and research opportunities, travel to visit doctoral-granting institutions, membership in professional associations, and attendance at professional conferences. 

More information about this program is available on the CSU Chancellors Office website.

Appointments are also available for faculty and students with questions about the program. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office via email at if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Through the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), the California State University (CSU) provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree. The program is designed to increase the diversity of persons qualified to fill instructional faculty position in the CSU.

For more information about program eligibility, application, and deadlines visit Office of Graduate Studies or email to schedule an appointment.

The purpose of the CSU Student Research Competition is to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU). 

This system-wide competition is held annually and showcases the innovative research and creative activities of CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Student participants make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities of California.

Interested in entering the competition? You can read more about it here!

The Center for Student Research (CSR) Scholars’ Program offers Scholar development workshops and supports faculty-mentored research and creative activities. These types of activities are known to give students more frequent and more individual attention and feedback from CSUEB professors, which can result in increased academic success.

The CSR also awards tuition scholarships to Scholars who attend CSR development workshops, as well as grant opportunities to receive funding for travel and supplies. CSR Scholars are freshmen through seniors as well as graduate students who vary in GPA, major, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and educational experience. The CSR is looking for students who are passionate about their future.

Check out the CSR website or follow them on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (@csrcsueb) for more information on how to apply.