The Public Administration Program has scholarships available for students; there are no fellowships or teaching fellowships available although faculty often are working on research projects in which they have funds to hire research assistants.

Eugene I. Pearl Memorial Scholarship

The Eugene I. Pearl Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by an alumnus, Barry Pearl, in honor of his late father. The Fund provides reimbursement for the purchase of textbooks. Each year, this fund will provide two students who are specializing in the Urban Administration elective emphasis with scholarships for purchasing books. The scholarship is open to those students specializing in Urban Administration who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.5 and who intend to pursue a career in government. Preference will be given to full-time students, who can receive awards up to $300; part-time students may be granted awards of up to $200. 

To apply for the Eugene I. Pearl Scholarship, go to this link on AcademiWorks,


Cho Public Service Scholarship

SF State Cho Public Service Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for incoming and continuing students. Students are selected on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, outstanding community service, and potential for excellence in the public and nonprofit sectors.

To apply for the Cho Public Service Scholarship, go to this link on AcademicWorks,

Bernard T. Deasy Honorary Scholarship in Public Administration

The Merritt Community Capital Scholarship is for one Public Administration Graduate student. The award for graduates is $9,​434.  The scholarship aims to develop career interests in the field of affordable housing.  Detailed instructions are provided in AcademicWorks, see the link below. 
The Merritt Community Capital Corporation is an Oakland-based nonprofit intermediary ​firm investing in affordable housing developments throughout California.  They have generously agreed to this annual scholarship to support select a ​MPA student at San Francisco State University -- a partnership with SF State since 2009.

CSU Robert O’Dell Scholarship

Every other year, each public administration program in the CSU is asked to nominate a student to receive the $1000 CSU Robert M. Odell Scholarship. The Scholarship is provided by the CA Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO). To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled as a full-time upper division or graduate student in a public administration major and must remain in good academic standing. Strong consideration is giving to students emphasizing finance and first- generation college students.
Once selected, scholarship recipients are required to provide a letter to the president of the CA Society of Municipal Finance Officers thanking them for the scholarship. The student should include information about his/her academic progress and future plans. The scholarship recipient is also invited by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers to attend their annual professional conference for recognition of their achievement at the CSMFO annual conference.

Please contact the program office for information and applications.