Fielding Scholarships for New Students

Apply for available scholarship funding by submitting the admissions application and the FAFSA by the admissions deadline.  International students who are not eligible to submit the FAFSA may submit an International Financial Aid Assessment Form.

Provost Achievement Scholarship

Supports incoming doctoral students who exhibit strong competency or potential in their field, as well as demonstrated financial need, in order to enhance and deepen their knowledge through Doctoral studies at Fielding.  Awards are generally between $1,000 and $2,500 for the first term of enrollment.

Leadership for Social and Ecological Sustainability Scholarship

Supports incoming doctoral students with financial need who enroll in the Leadership for Social and Ecological Sustainability Concentration.  The sustainability fund initiative seeks to support multi-disciplinary research and scholarly practice in the application of sustainability among individuals, organizations, governments, and communities around the world.  Awards are generally $2,400 ($800/term) for the first year of enrollment.

Santa Barbara Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship

Supports incoming students in the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program who are working in the nonprofit sector within Santa Barbara County.  Funding provided by the Santa Barbara Foundation to facilitate the building of philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofit sector within the Santa Barbara community.  Awards are generally between $500 and $1,500 for two terms of enrollment.

Fielding Scholarships for Current Students

Scholarship, grant, and fellowship awards are available to current students. Awards are generally made for a single term and amounts range from $500 - $10,000. Current students apply for available funds each term using Fielding's Common Scholarship Application.

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Searching for External Funding

Start Simple and Local

The hunt for education funding can seem intimidating, especially as an adult with many demands on your time.  Use your browser search to look for scholarships:

  • Where you live – look for foundations in your city, county, or region that offer funding to local residents
  • Where you work – check your professional organizations, your employer, and your family member’s employers for scholarship opportunities
  • Where you serve – see if the community organizations, religious institutions, and other non-profits where you volunteer have funding for education

Try a Search Engine

You can expand your search to include other demographic information, like race or ethnicity, veteran/military status, or other keywords.  Use search engines to match scholarships to your demographic information.

Remember – Watch out for financial aid scamsYou should never be asked to pay for scholarship applications.

Seek Out Organizations that Fund Graduate Students

There are many organizations that provide funding for graduate students each year.  Learn about the opportunities available, and mark your calendar for the application period.  You can start with the list below, but you will find more by searching for organizations that promote and support your areas of research interest.