The following is information about scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you have a question about the availability of a particular scholarship for this year, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Opportunity Scholarship

For All New Students

All newly admitted students are considered for the CIIS Opportunity Scholarships, which range from $1,500 to $3,000. A separate institutional application is not needed for this scholarship. Awards are determined primarily on financial need. In order to be eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship, domestic students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

International students wishing to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship should fill out this form and return it to Scott Louie in the Financial Aid Office.

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
  • International students do not need to complete a FAFSA - Please complete the International Student Scholarship Application form below and return it to Scott Louie in the Financial Aid Office.

Many of the scholarships listed below are funded by gifts from donors. The CIIS Development Office may contact you to write a letter of thanks for a donor-sponsored scholarship.

For all questions about your scholarship (both Opportunity and donor-funded), including changes in eligibility due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office. 

Scholarships Requiring an Application

The following scholarships must be applied for through the Financial Aid Office. These scholarships have different opening and closing deadlines so please check dates below. Please refer to the web form below or click the link above to download the application instructions, requirements, and form for scholarships requiring an application.

Angeles Arrien Scholarships

In honor of Angeles Arrien who founded CIIS's Anthropology program, a scholarship of $2,500 is awarded annually to new 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. Renewable for a second year depending on satisfactory academic progress. Application period: May 1 - June 30.

Auen-Berger Scholarships

Three scholarships of $2,500 each will be provided to second and third year Community Mental Health students who commit to two semesters of community service. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

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. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

David Townes Scholarship

The David Townes Scholarship awards a $2,500 scholarship annually for a student whose research focuses on the topic of intersectionality. Students are expected to do research that examines various intersections of class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, gender identification and physical ability. Open to new and continuing students in the Anthropology and Social Change Department. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

Erlene Chiang Community Service Scholarships

ACTCM@CIIS faculty member Dr. Erlene Chiang provides support for one masters and one doctoral degree program student at ACTCM@CIIS with a dedication to community service above and beyond academic obligations. Awards are $300. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

Paul Herman & Vern Haddick Scholarships

In honor of the faculty members who founded CIIS's Integral Counseling Psychology program, Paul Herman, 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. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

J.C. Kellogg Foundation Integral Counseling Psychology Diversity 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. Recipients of this scholarship are not eligible for another scholarship including the Opportunity Scholarship. Scholarship open only to new students; no deadline. Contact Admissions Counselor Pauline Reif at preif@ciis.edu or call (415) 575-6152.

Robert Joseph & Wilhelmina Kranzke Endowed Scholarships

In memory of his parents, Robert Barnhart's generous endowment supports up to two annual scholarships of $5,000 each for doctoral students conducting psychotropic research approved by the Kranzke Committee. The awards are for the research and study of psychedelic/entheogenic plants or substances and can be made from a range of perspectives including psychology of consciousness, historical, literary, ethnographic, shamanic, spiritual, therapeutic, indigenous or traditional healing practices, educational and others to be determined by the Kranzke Committee. Deadline: January 15, 2017, for Spring awards.

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 to four scholarships to second year PhD students enrolled in the Human Sexuality program who demonstrate a commitment to working with the LGBTQ community. Awards range from $1,250-$2,500 each. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

Awarded Scholarships

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 the financial need of students. There is no application for these scholarships.

Arc of Justice Scholarships

Arc of Justice Scholarships will be awarded to formerly incarcerated men and women to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS. Depending on external funding and number of awardees, scholarships ranging between $7,500-$15,000 will be awarded annually.

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 students from India each year.

China Initiative Scholarships

Established by an anonymous gift from two alumni, CIIS will offer two to four scholarships of $1,500-$5,000 each per year to first year students from China.

CIIS Alumni Scholarships

Each year one student from three of CIIS's 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 are for $1,000.

CIIS Faculty & Staff Scholarships

Each year one student from three of CIIS's 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 faculty and staff. Scholarships are for $1,000.

CIIS Trustee Scholarships

Each year one student from three of CIIS's 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's Board of Trustees. Scholarships are for $1,000.

Asia Cummings Endowed Memorial Scholarships

Through donations from the Ernest Christian Klipstein Foundation and other donors, each year two students in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

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 President's Advisory Council, CIIS awards $3,600 scholarships to undergraduate students who are employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. MA and PhD students who are employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health may be awarded these scholarships in the amounts of $2,500 and $4,000 respectively.

Samuel Benjamin Hanser Endowed Memorial Scholarships

In memory of CIIS Somatic student Samuel B. Hanser, The Samuel B. Hanser Memorial Trust supports one $2,000 scholarship for a Somatic Psychology student annually.

Michael & Gityjoon Hebel Scholarships

Michael & Gityjoon Hebel Scholarships will support CIIS students in Asian Studies. Priority will be given to students in Asian Philosophies and Cultures. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000. 

Ali Akbar Khan Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the legendary musician, one student from India or MFA student will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship. Ali Akbar Khan was the 2007 recipient of CIIS's Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service.

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, two scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded annually.

The MCJ Amelior Foundation Scholarships

The MCJ Amelior Foundation supports scholarships in varying amounts for Drama Therapy students; these scholarships are available depending on external funding.

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. MA and PhD students who are employees of the City and County of San Francisco may be awarded these scholarships in the amounts of $2,500 and $4,000 respectively.

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

In honor of Kanwal Rehki, 2010 recipient of CIIS's Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service, one scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a student from India each year.

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 of $2,500 each are awarded in his honor annually.

Technology Credit Union Scholarship

Each year, two students in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program are awarded a scholarship of $2,500 to further their study of arts-based therapy in the service of human growth, development, and healing.

Tonantzin Scholarship

The Tonantzin Scholarship provides support for one to two Chican@, Latin@, or Native American students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program; priority is given to undocumented students. The award ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 each year depending on external funding.

ACTCM@CIIS Scholarships

ACTCM@CIIS students are eligible for the following scholarships.

ACTCM@CIIS Community Scholarship

ACTCM@CIIS alumni, faculty, staff, board members, and clinic patients are invested in the future of our students. The generous support of our community provides three $1,000 scholarships.

Acurea Medical Scholarship

Acurea Medical, Inc. supports one $500 scholarship.

Erlene Chiang Community Service Scholarships

ACTCM@CIIS faculty member Dr. Erlene Chiang provides support for one masters and one doctoral degree program student with a dedication to community service above and beyond academic obligations. Awards are $300. Requires an application (see above for process); application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

Abby and Frank Heydman Scholarship

Former President of the ACTCM Board of Directors Abby Heydman and her husband Frank sponsor one ACTCM@CIIS student to receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Catherine and Zheng Hua Liu Scholarship

Former ACTCM@CIIS faculty member and esteemed TCM practitioner Dr. Zheng Hua Liu and his wife Catherine support one $2,000 scholarship.

KPC Herbs Scholarship

Longtime ACTCM@CIIS student clinic supplier KPC Herbs, Inc. supports one $1,000 scholarship.

MIEC Scholarship

The Medical Insurance Exchange of California (MIEC) supports one $500 scholarship.

Dr. Jason Su Scholarship

Traditional Medicinals is honored to support one $1,500 scholarship in the name of esteemed faculty member Dr. Jason Su.

Yes Acupuncture Clinic Scholarship

ACTCM@CIIS alumna Tracy Ye sponsors one $2,000 scholarship to help the next generation of TCM practitioners.

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