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Scholarship Opportunities

Gem Scholarship for Graduate Students

The merit-based Gem Scholarship for graduate students waives non-resident tuition for out-of-state and international graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 who are accepted into an eligible graduate degree program. Qualified students who attended Boise State as an undergraduate are eligible for a Gem Scholarship, even if they received Gem support as an undergraduate. To be considered for the award, a student must:

  1. Have a permanent residence outside the State of Idaho (both international students
    and US citizens are eligible).
  2. Have a GPA as an undergraduate of 3.30 or higher.
  3. Be accepted into an eligible graduate degree program.


Fall Semester – February 15 (priority), May 1 (final)

Spring Semester – October 1 (priority), January 10 (final)

Additional Information

  • If you qualify for a Gem Scholarship, you will be prompted to apply for the scholarship during the admission application process. To apply for admission as a graduate student, please visit How to Apply.
  • Gem Scholarships are awarded to eligible students. If you receive a Graduate Assistantship with a tuition waiver, you will no longer be eligible for the Gem Scholarship and your Gem Scholarship will be replaced by the assistantship. Your Graduate Assistantship will also cover your non-resident tuition and fees.
  • You will not be considered for the Gem Scholarship if applying ONLY to a certificate program.
  • Students in the Master of Athletic Leadership, Online MBA, Executive MBA, the off-campus Social Work graduate programs and the online graduate programs in Educational Technology, Nursing, and Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning are not eligible for the Gem Scholarship.

View the full list of ineligible programs here

  • If you are accepted into an eligible graduate degree program and have been recommended for a Gem Scholarship by the Graduate College, the Financial Aid Office will make an offer to you through your myBoiseState account. Gem Scholarships are awarded for one year. It may be renewed for one additional year for students in master’s level programs, and three additional years for a doctoral program. For your Gem Scholarship to be renewed, you take at least 9 graduate credits per semester in each of your first two semesters and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. If you are awarded the Gem Scholarship, you are still responsible for Resident fees; this represents a savings of approximately $14,450/year. Current information on tuition and fee costs at Boise State University can be found at the University Tuition & Fees page.

Others Scholarships

View a list of Private Graduate Scholarships

View a list of Boise State Foundation Scholarships

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows master’s students who are residents of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) member states to enroll in graduate programs at some 60 public institutions outside of their home state and pay resident tuition. In fall 2018, 1,478 students enrolled through WRGP and saved $22.7 million dollars in tuition. Boise State University is a member of the WRGP.

View qualifying Boise State programs here

Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships are internal or external awards that are intended to support a student in full-time course study. They are awarded based on your scholastic ability and the promise of your academic achievement. Fellowships are competitive awards that provide financial support without associated teaching or research responsibilities. Applying for fellowships can provide you with professional development skills. In addition to financial support, earning an external fellowship exemplifies excellence in research, writing and scholarship.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Visit the GRFP Webpage

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support.

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