Scholarship Information

The Student Funding Office offers scholarships to help support students through their academic studies. To apply, please use our scholarship application form and consult the information below on the different scholarships and their addendums. 

Associated Students of the School of Nursing (ASSN) Awards 

The Associated Students of the School of Nursing (ASSN) offers reimbursement of up to $300 for travel, projects, and events that enhance the student learning experience at UCSF. The ASSN also supports students attending or presenting at conferences.

Applications for the grants are on a first-come, first-served basis until allocated funds run out. For detailed information on eligibility and instructions for applying, visit the ASSN website.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

Submission due date: June 15

All currently enrolled PhD nursing students are eligible to apply if they are committed to a faculty role, in good academic standing, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and not in default on any prior student loans. Priority will be given to:

  • Full time PhD students
  • Students who have completed their first year in the PhD program
  • Students who do not have full funding from other sources

Students may receive NFLP loans up to $35,500 per academic year for a maximum of three years. The NFLP loan will be released as a fee offset distributed equally in three quarters. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty nine months after their graduation. The loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing. The NFLP does not support post-doctoral Nursing programs (i.e. fellowships). The NFLP recipients who graduate and participate in post-doctoral programs may request deferment of payment. Those who fail to become faculty members within nine months of graduation, or take a leave from school must repay the loan at the prevailing interest rate.

Application Requirements and Process

  • Download and complete the NFLP application form
  • Complete your FAFSA. (Need is not a criterion but is part of the federal approval process for this loan program.)
  • Submit the NFLP application form to [email protected]. Please include as the subject line: NFLP Application.

Outside Scholarships

Submission due dates: various

Students are encouraged to investigate sources of financial assistance beyond what is offered by the federal and state governments and UCSF. Scholarships are gifts. They do not have to be repaid.

There are thousands of them offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

For more information, scholarship opportunities and scholarship search engines, visit the SON Student Funding website.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Student Stipend

Submission due date: May 31, 2019

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Student Stipend is financial assistance that is provided to students pursuing their MS degree or post-master’s certificate as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Stipend recipients agree to work as a PMHNP in publicly funded community mental health services in California after graduation. Stipend recipients sign an agreement requiring them to be employed upon graduation in the public mental health system for a period of one calendar year for each academic year they receive a stipend. Graduates who do not meet these terms will be required to pay back the stipend.

Funding for the stipends is provided through the Mental Health Services Act, which was approved by California voters as Proposition 63. This act promotes the development and implementation of client- and family-driven, integrated, culturally competent, and recovery/resiliency-oriented mental health services. More information about the MHSA, including the text of the Act, can be found at MHSA website.

Learn more by reviewing the PMHNP FAQs.

Application Requirements and Process:

  • Download and complete the PMHNP Stipend Application
  • Submit a hard copy of the completed PMHNP application to: PMHNP Student Stipend (Attn: Michele Keating), Dept. of Community Health Systems, Box 0608, 2 Koret Way, San Francisco, CA 94143
  • Or submit the application by email to Michele Keating

UCSF Graduate Division Travel Awards

The Graduate Division Travel Award provides up to $700 for graduate academic students to present their work at professional conferences. Award funding is dependent on funds availability. Students should seek support from research advisers, principal investigators, graduate programs, and schools before applying for the Graduate Division's travel awards.

Funds may be used for transportation and registration costs only, and students must be presenting at the conference. Students may receive only one travel award as a degree candidate. Other eligibility restrictions apply.

For detailed information on eligibility and instructions for applying, visit the Graduate Division website.


The following scholarships are currently closed. We encourage you to check back later:

Alex Anagnos Scholarship — Currently Closed


All currently enrolled Nursing MEPN, MS, and PhD students are eligible to apply. In addition, newly admitted MS and Nursing PhD students may apply as well.

  • Full time student with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2;
  • Students who exhibit potential for high achievement in the nursing profession;
  • Expresses a commitment to care for vulnerable and underserved populations upon graduation;
  • Students who demonstrate a past commitment to serving the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations may apply, PREFERENCE will be given to:
    1) men in nursing or those who can best promote the service of men in nursing, 2) students in the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing specialty (if you are not in the Psych/Mental Health specialty, please address how you are serving Psych Nursing), and 3) students who demonstrate a sustained and meaningful commitment to improving the quality of care delivery systems for vulnerable and underserved populations;
  • There are no citizenship requirements;
  • Previous awardees may reapply up to two years maximum; and
  • No support can be provided to students on filing fee status.


  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.2; and
  • Maintain full-time registered status (minimum of 8 units for MS students; 6 units for PhD students)

Graduate Dean's Health Sciences Fellowship (Return-to-Aid Allocation) — Currently closed

This fellowship is for nursing doctoral students who are entering their fourth through fifth years of their program at UCSF.
Fellowships are awarded as a mark of merit primarily on the basis of scholarship, satisfactory academic progress (GPA – 3.0), promise of outstanding achievement, and professional contribution. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Hubert Bell Allen Scholarship — Currently closed

The Hubert Bell Allen Scholarship is of interest to doctoral students studying heart failure and its consequences.

MEPN Scholarship — Currently closed

This scholarship is a combination of various funding such as named scholarships and/or endowments.

Eligibility: Only MEPN Year 1 students are eligible.

Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship — Currently Closed

The Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship is an award made on the basis of academic merit, promise,and current and future professional contributions. Three to six scholarships of approximately $4,000-$5,000 each will be applied towards fees. Awardees will be acknowledged and given a certificate during the Alumni Day festivities.

Osher Scholarship — Currently Closed

Incoming MS students and MEPN students who are entering their first year of MS specialty training are eligible.

  • Full time student with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.2
  • Students who meet the School of Nursing’s relative financial need criteria
  • Students who exhibit potential for leadership and high achievement in the nursing profession and a commitment to care for vulnerable and underserved populations upon graduation

Who is not eligible?

  • UCSF employees receiving Employee Fee Reduction are not eligible
  • Second year MS students are not eligible


The Osher Scholarship provides various award amounts every year for two academic years to the awardees.

Student recipients are expected to undertake some form of community services beyond their clinical activity while enrolled in school. If you are granted an Osher Scholarship, you must:
  • Submit an annual service plan about the volunteer activity to [email protected] in the beginning of a school year.
  • Provide a quarterly report on the service activity to [email protected]
  • Maintain service to the community while enrolled in the Master of Science program equal to at least 2 hours per week or 25-30 hours per quarter
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.2
  • Maintain full-time registered student status (minimum of 8 units). No support can be provided to students on filing fee status
  • Make an oral report and/or attend an annual Osher Foundation Board of Directors Reception

Sigma Theta Tau: Alpha Eta Tau Research Grant — Closed

    Each year, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Alpha Eta Chapter accepts applications for research grants. The grants are awarded to active Alpha Eta Tau members in order to support nursing research.


    Student Funding Department Contact Information

    UCSF School of Nursing
    2 Koret Way, Room N319X
    San Francisco, CA 94143
    Telephone: (415) 502-0521
    Fax: (415) 476-9707
    Email: [email protected]