Department of Psychology
Graduate Student Research Awards
Limited awards of $750 are available each semester on a competitive basis to candidates in the form of grants for special merit and quality scholarship of graduate student research proposals associated with a thesis. For further information, contact the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, (559) 278-2448. Application materials are available on their website.
Graduate Student Travel Grants
Travel grants are available to candidates who have had papers and/or posters accepted for presentation at major, professional conferences or society meetings. For further information, contact the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, (559) 278-2448. Travel funds may also be available through the College of Science and Mathematics.
California Graduate Equity Fellowship Program
Fellowships ranging in amounts of up to $4,500 are available for underrepresented graduate students who qualify. The California Graduate Equity Fellowship Program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs at California State University, Fresno and encourages continuation to doctoral programs and consideration of university faculty careers. It provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged graduate students (especially those from groups that are underrepresented among graduate degree recipients in their areas of study) and promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities. Filing deadlines are in the spring for funding in the following academic year. For further information, contact the Division of Graduate Studies (559)-278-2448.
State Graduate Fellowship
The Student Aid Commission administers the State Graduate Fellowship Program for tuition assistance for Master’s students. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and return it by March 1. In addition, students must complete and mail the Student Aid Commission GPA Verification Form to the Commission by March 1.
California Pre-Doctoral Program for Graduate Students
The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. The program provides travel funds for qualified students to visit institutions that grant the doctorate and/or attend professional meetings with a faculty sponsor. Students in the program may also be considered to participate in a summer research program at a UC or CSU campus. Additional information can be obtained through the Division of Graduate Studies, (559) 278-2448.
University Scholarships for Graduate Students
Graduate students may apply for scholarships through the Scholarship Office between September 1 and November 19 each academic year. Such an application is necessary to complete for award monies available from the University and from Departmental resources.
In addition, each year California State University, Fresno, also awards entering graduate students two President’s Graduate Scholar Fellowships of $3,500 each and one Leon S. Peters Scholarship of $1,000 to continuing graduate students. President’s Graduate Scholars may obtain a second year of funding if satisfactory progress is maintained. Nominations for the Peters awards originate from the Graduate degree Program Directors.
College and Department Support
Roger Bailey Memorial Scholarship
This goes to an outstanding continuing graduate student through an endowment fund established by the family and friends of Roger Bailey. One scholarship (approximately $500) is awarded to a graduate student who is pursuing a degree in Psychology or Counseling.
Pickford Memorial Fund
Established from the estate of Vivian I. Pickford, this scholarship (approximately $1000) is awarded to 10-12 psychology students per academic year. Scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Lee J. Cronbach Scholarship
This award goes to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. The student must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.5 earned over the last two years of academic instruction and must demonstrate a strong interest and ability in research involving psychological measurement methods used in psychological research.
The John Thomas Memorial Scholarship
This award goes to a continuing full-time graduate student in school psychology through an endowment fund established by the family and friends of John Thomas, a graduate of this program. One scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to service to children and an exemplary work ethic.
The Michael Herrera Memorial Scholarship
This award goes to a continuing full-time graduate student in school psychology through an endowment fund established by the family and friends of Michael Herrera, a graduate of this program. One scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to service with children and families from underrepresented groups.
Departmental Teaching Assistantships
The Department of Psychology offers several teaching and graduate assistantships each year. Approximately 6-8 graduate students are given teaching assistantships for PSYCH 144 (students work 5 hours per lab: 3 hrs. teaching; 1 office hour; 1 hour prep). Six graduate assistantships are available for assisting instructors with PSYCH 10. These students are required to work 10 hours per week; the flexible schedule makes this assistantship more appropriate for interested school psychology students.
School Psychology Program
Limited assistantships are available to second year students in the program. The test librarian position manages the test library and is a TA for school psychology faculty (5 hrs/week). One or two students are hired as TAs for Psych 284, the cognitive testing course.