For All New Students
All newly admitted students are considered for the CIIS Opportunity Scholarship. There is no separate application for this scholarship. Awards are determined primarily on financial need and you are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Quick facts/guidelines: Opportunity Scholarship
- Opportunity Scholarships are on a first-come first-serve basis
- Complete the most current FAFSA as soon as possible
- You must be fully admitted and enrolled full time
- Scholarships are for two years: fall and spring semesters only
- The scholarship is program-specific; a change in program will forfeit the scholarship and the remaining funds will be re-allocated to the next eligible candidate.
- International students do not need to complete a FAFSA
The Opportunity Scholarship is funded from donations, gifts and endowments to the Institute. Generally, our CIIS Development Office will contact recipients of these donors-sponsored scholarships. To see who makes the Opportunity Scholarships possible, please click here.
SCHOLARSHIPS REQUIRING AN APPLICATION
The following scholarships must be applied for and students should contact the Financial Aid about the specifics of each scholarship application.
ANGELES ARRIEN SCHOLARSHIPS
In honor of Angeles Arrien who founded CIIS’s Anthropology program, two scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded annually to students who demonstrate a commitment to working in areas of Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Multi-Cultural Bridging and Collaborative Efforts, Elder Support, and Youth Support. Students in the Anthropology and Social Change Program are given priority in awarding this scholarship.
BAUMANN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Baumann Foundation supports up to two annual scholarships of $2,500 for dissertation completion by doctoral students conducting approved research in consciousness studies.
CULTURAL INTEGRATION FELLOWSHIP INTEGRAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Through the annual support of the Cultural Integration Fellowship, CIIS's long-time sister organization, two $2,500 scholarships are awarded to graduate students conducting approved integral studies research.
Supported by the Esalen Institute, one annual scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to a student completing their dissertations on approved research topics of interest to the Esalen Institute.
PAUL HERMAN & VERN HADDICK SCHOLARSHIPS
In honor of the faculty members who founded CIIS's Integral Counseling Psychology program, CIIS awards one scholarship of $2,500 to a second or third year student in a master's in counseling psychology program who demonstrates an interest in working with the LGBTQ community.
J.C. KELLOGG FOUNDATION INTEGRAL COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS
For several years now, a gift from the J.C. Kellogg Foundation has supported a cohort of Integral Counseling Psychology students of color with a $10,000 annual scholarship each over three years.
ROBERT JOSEPH AND WILHELMINA KRANZKE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS
In memory of his parents, Robert Barnhart's generous endowment supports two to four annual scholarships of $5,000 each for students conducting approved psychotropic research; sometimes Kranzke scholars can receive an additional $1,000 for qualifying travel pertaining to their research.
NALANDA INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Nalanda International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of higher educational projects addressing dialog between different disciplines and ways of thought. Nalanda International and CIIS support three annual scholarships of $2,500 to students engaged in Indic Studies in areas of specific interest to the donor.
THERESA SPARKS SCHOLARSHIPS
In honor of Theresa Sparks who is a transgender activist and Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, CIIS awards two $2,500 to PhD students enrolled in the Human Sexuality program who demonstrate a commitment to working with the LGBTQ community.
The following scholarships are awarded annually through the recommendations of CIIS faculty in collaboration with the Financial Aid office or solely by the Financial Aid office based on financial need of students. There is no application for these scholarships.
CIIS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year one student from each of CIIS’s three schools—The School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies—is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS alumni. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000.
HARIDAS & BINA CHAUDHURI ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
In honor of CIIS's founders, Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri, up to three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Indian students each year.
ASIA CUMMINGS ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Through donations from the Ernest Christian Klipstein Foundation and other donors, at least one undergraduate student receives a $2,500 scholarship annually.
CIIS FACULTY & STAFF SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year one student from each of CIIS's three schools is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS faculty and staff. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000.
BARBARA ANN GARCIA SCHOLARSHIPS
In honor of Barbara A. Garcia who is the Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and who serves on the CIIS President's Advisory Council, CIIS awards $3,600 scholarships to undergraduate students who are employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
SAMUEL BENJAMIN HANSER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
In memory of CIIS Somatic student Samuel B. Hanser, donations from family and friends and CIIS support $2,000 scholarships for two Somatic Psychology students annually.
ALI AKBAR KHAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of the legendary musician, one Indian or MFA student receives a $1,000 annual scholarship. Ali Akbar Khan was a recipient of CIIS's Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service.
KAL KRISHNAN CONSULTING SERVICES SCHOLARSHIPS
Kal and Carol Krishnan's philanthropy supports two to four annual scholarships of $1,000 - $4,000 for students in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program.
ROBERT MATTA SCHOLARSHIP
With the support of CIIS alumnus Robert Matta, scholarships of varying amounts are awarded to students in the Integral Counseling Psychology, East-West Psychology, and Human Sexuality programs.
GEORGE MOSCONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
In honor of the late Mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone, CIIS awards scholarships of $3,600 to undergraduate students who are employees of the City and County of San Francisco.
ELIZABETH J. MCCORMACK SCHOLARSHIPS
Elizabeth J. McCormack served for many years as Chair of the CIIS Board of Trustees and received an Honorary Doctorate from CIIS in 2011. In her honor, at least two scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 are awarded annually.
THE MCJ AMELIOR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The MCJ Amelior Foundation supports scholarships in varying amounts for Drama Therapy students.
THE JOHN & LISA PRITZKER FAMILY FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Pritzker Family Fund supports three scholarships annually of $5,000 each for Community Mental Health students.
KANWAL REHKI SCHOLARSHIP
Kanwal Rehki supports one scholarship of $1,000 to an Indian student each year. Kanwal Rehki has been a recipient of CIIS's Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service.
LAURANCE S. ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
The late Laurance S. Rockefeller remains CIIS's single largest benefactor and he is the namesake for CIIS's library. Two scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 are awarded in his honor annually.
THE CALIFORNIA WELLNESS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
The California Wellness Foundation supports multiple grants of varying sizes to Community Mental Health students of color each year.
CIIS TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year one student from each of CIIS's three schools is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS's Board of Trustees. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000.
RINA SIRCAR SCHOLARSHIP
One SPPH student who takes the course MCP 6672 Mindfulness and the Relational Self that teaches mindfulness from the Theravada perspective is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship.