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Scholarships and Funding - Graduate Students

The SFSU Financial Aid office is the first stop for all prospective and current graduate students seeking funding. The counselors will help you apply for the most available general forms of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.

The Department of Biology Support


There are two levels of Biology Department Employment that support graduate students:

1) Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). Each semester the department awards Graduate Teaching Assistantships to graduate students, to serve as instructors in laboratory courses.

To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award,  complete the application.

Please review the following GTA assignment descriptions. This will help you determine which course you are interested in and eligible for.

2) Graduate Assistants (GA's) are hired by the Biology Department for an array of jobs, including lab set-up, exam reading, and facilities support (e.g., greenhouse, herbarium, conservation genetics lab, insect museum). Available jobs vary from semester to semester. GA positions vary from 5, 10, 15, to 20 hours/week. Contact your major professor or potential research advisor for information regarding available GA positions.

The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) Scholarships

COSE scholarships are for students in all departments in the College (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy). Check this site for deadlines and applications.

The Student Enrichment Opportunities Office (SEO) lists information and administers several large federally funded fellowship programs. These include the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) and the MA-MS/PhD Bridge to the Future programs.

The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) administers programs that engage graduate students in Biology education.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) Program provides academic support for underrepresented minority students who either intend to major in or are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at San Francisco State University, Skyline College or City College San Francisco.

University Support

The Graduate Division at SFSU offers several Scholarships and Fellowships, including the Graduate Fellowship Award and the Graduate Equity Fellowships.

Visit the Graduate Division web site for further information.

The Office of Academic Honors and Scholarships offers updated information on available scholarships.

  • Instructional Related (IRA) Research Awards (up to $500.00)
  • Instructional Related (IRA) Travel Awards (up to $600.00) 

Travel Support

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) 
Student Travel Grants