Funding and Scholarship Opportunities

University Scholarships

Scholarship and Award Information by School

Many programs offer merit awards and scholarships to their highest achieving students. Funding varies by department. For additional information, please contact the specific department.

Alumni Relations Scholarship Programs

Alumni support current USD students through USD Alumni Association's scholarship programs. Over 70 percent of current USD students receive some type of financial assistance. Since 2006, the USD Alumni Association has awarded over 100 scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information, please visit: The Torero Network

Predoctoral Fellowships Workshops

Office of Undergraduate Research are holding two workshops where students can come get feedback on applications for the Ford Foundation Fellowship and the NSF GRFP. Graduate students are eligible to apply to these fellowships their first and second year of graduate school but often these opportunities get overlooked. Any student who is interested in applying can bring their application materials to the workshops and get feedback.   For more information visit the undergraduate research page and look under the Workshops in October. There are links to handouts that summarize the opportunities and requirement. The workshops are as follows:

Predoctoral Fellowships Workshops III - NSF GRFP and Ford Foundation/Feedback Session for Research Proposals

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Ford Foundation Fellowship: Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Idea Lab

Turning an idea and turn it into a workable business or social innovation with funding awards

The Idea Labs series is a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of San Diego.  Created by the Center for Peace and Commerce, a collaboration between the school of Business and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Idea Labs prepare all USD Students at the graduate and undergraduate levels to enter the Changemaker Challenge, Global Social Innovation Challenge (Global SIC), and the V2 (Venture Vetting) competitions.  Through active guidance and mentorship, entrepreneurs will help students convert their ideas into action.  Award money will act as seed funding.

Scholarships for SOLES Students:

Please visit the SOLES scholarship page for more information

Scholarships for PhD. Students:

Please visit The Open Education Database for more information

Scholarships for LGBT Students:

Please visit PFLAG San Diego for more information

Scholarships for Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science:

Please visit the school of nursing financial aid resources page for more information

Financial Assistance from Outside Sources

  • The San Diego Foundation offers more than 60 different scholarships through just one application, a database of scholarships offered by local and national organizations, and a Scholarship Seekers’ Toolkit.
  • National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) offers numerous scholarships that are available to graduate students, undergraduate student leaders and associate members on an annual basis.
  • The USD Office of Sponsored Programs offers information about outside sources of grants and fellowships. For more information, please call (619) 260-6825.
  • Phi Delta Kappa offers a variety of fellowships for graduate students.
  • The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This program discharges any remaining debt after 10 years of full-time employment in public service. The borrower must have made 120 payments as part of the Direct Loan program in order to obtain this benefit. 

Minority Student Scholarships / Fellowships

  • The American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGC) offers fellowships and loans for service to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students.
  • DAR Scholarship, funded through the Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including education. Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin.
  • Through its Fellowship Program for Minorities, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties. Administered by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1979, these programs provide fellowship support at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who can demonstrate superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) has scholarship available to students pursuing or planning to pursue a first graduate degree.