College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

External Scholarships & Fellowships

Current students should look beyond the department for opportunities to win scholarships, awards, and even fellowships. These opportunities give students experiences and resources beyond what the department can provide. 

University Programs and Resources

  • Bronco Scholarship Application: The (BSA) is the campus-wide portal for university scholarships and awards. All students should login to BSA to find out what scholarships and awards they are eligible for. BSA is connected to your BroncoDirect account, so it will identify the relevant scholarship and awards that you might be want to apply for.
  • CSU Pre-Doctoral Program (Sally Casanova): Open to juniors and seniors, the CSU Pre-Doctoral Program (Pre-Doc) program is intended to increase the pool of future CSU faculty by providing opportunities and funding for graduate degrees (masters or doctoral).  The CSU Chancellor's Office selects students from each CSU campus to be Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars.  The scholars receive up to $3000 for graduate school preparation. 
  • Kellogg Undergraduate Scholars Program: The Kellogg Undergraduate Scholars Program (KUSP) provides scholarships of up to $2,000to support mentored research or creative activities in a student’s chosen field. The goal is to support undergraduate research engagement of underrepresented students, and to encourage persistence to degree, and pursuit of graduate education. KUSP is open to all first-generation college students, economically disadvantaged students, and returning military veterans.
Previous Department Kellogg Undergraduate Scholars
2014 - Victor Munoz
2014 - Jesus Navarro
2015 - Robert Rhodes
  • Kellogg FuTURE Mini-Grant: Faculty mentors may apply for grants of up to $1,000 to support scholarly and creative activities with undergraduate students. Funds may be applied to various essential needs such as supplies, minor equipment, software, research travel, and preparation of reports and presentations. The goal is to support a wide range of disciplinary activities, from experimental research and fieldwork, to applied professional experiences, to artistic and creative endeavors.
Previous Department Mini-Grant Winners
2014 - Salvatore Palamino
  • McNair Scholars Program: Open to freshmen, sophomores and first-year transfer students, the McNair Scholars Program is a campus mentoring organization that helps first-generation and minority students interested in pursuing research in graduate school. Students are required to have a 3.0 GPA. Applications are typically due in fall semester.
Previous Department McNair Scholars
2012 - Anthony Juarez
2013 - Jessica Marquez
2016 - Brittany Banner and Joshua Palacios
  • Office of Financial Aid Resources: The campus' Office of Financial Aid provides a very brief list of funding sources. 
  • Office of Financial Aid Links: The campus' Office of Financial Aid maintains a brief list of links to some funding sources.
  • President's Council Scholars: Founded in 1983, the program awards a select group of students each year based on academic and co-curricular excellence rather than need. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrate significant contributions to the community during their university years. Each of the endowed scholarships is named by its benefactor and provides a $3,000 award for the recipient.
Previous Department President's Council Scholars
2013 - Jessica Marquez
2015 - Travis Barrett
2016 - Joshua Ebiner and Steven Zhang
  • Study Abroad Fellowships & Scholarships: The International Council on campus provides a number of different links to various opportunities for students who are spending time studying in other countries. 

External Resources

  • APSA Minority Student RecruitmentThe American Political Science Association, the national organization for our discipline, maintains a database of college undergraduates from underrepresented populations who are interested in doctoral study in political science. The program identifies undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds who show potential for or are interested in doctoral study, and shares their recruitment information with APSA MSRP Recruiting graduate departments.
  • Resources for Undocumented Students: Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) provides a list of scholarships and awards for students where citizenship is not an eligibility requirement. 
  • Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program: Open to juniors, the Public Policy and International Affairs Program helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country. 
  • Ralph Bunche Summer InstituteOpen to juniors, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is open to underrepresented minorities in political science. Students spend a month in Washington DC learning about graduate work in political science. Students with an aptitiude for research are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are typically due in January.