Future Graduate Students

Portland State University runs one primary scholarship application process each academic year.  The online scholarship application opens October 1 and closes February 1, with most awards being disbursed in the subsequent academic year.  Unless a separate application is listed in the scholarship application portal, most general and college/school scholarships are awarded through the single Graduate Scholarship Application.


January 15 – Submit your Free Application for Student Aid to be eligible for federal, state and institutional aid (this is a recommended date for submission, not a deadline)
February 1 – Submit your completed Online Scholarship Application to be considered for PSU Scholarships.  References must also have complete the recommendation section of the application by this date.


General University Scholarships include those scholarships which focus on:
  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Diverse and unique backgrounds
  • Specific major and career choices
  • First generation status
  • Disabilities
  • Service to school and community
  • Leadership skills
PSU School & Colleges:
The following PSU schools and colleges use the online scholarship portal to award their scholarships and fellowships:
  • College of the Arts (Architecture, Art+Design, Music+Theater, Film)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
    • Applied Linguistics
    • Geography
    • World Languages & Literatures
  • College of Urban & Public Affairs
  • English Department Writing Awards (open to all PSU students)
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • OHSU/PSU School of Public Health
  • School of Business
  • School of Social Work
These scholarships are tied to PSU’s Online Scholarship Application so please complete the online scholarship application by February 1 to be considered for these scholarships.  Descriptions of available scholarships may be found in the Scholarship Database as well as on some departmental websites.


Graduate Student Resources:
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD NOTIFICATION: If selected to receive a scholarship, an award letter will be sent to your current PSU e-mail address. Students who were not awarded a scholarship by June should receive an email notification to the email address they use on their scholarship application.  Notification varies by scholarship but begins in April and ends in June.