The President's Leadership Fund
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President Weber takes the charge of allocating the resources of The PLF very seriously and focuses on emerging opportunities to pursue innovation and reward excellence. Each request for funding is assessed based on how it will advance SDSU’s mission of providing a superior education, cutting-edge research and service to the community, thereby enhancing SDSU’s visibility as a premier urban university.

Donations to The PLF are used to:

  • provide academic opportunities for meritorious students and faculty
  • support innovative yet under-funded programs
  • assist extraordinary students
  • recruit exceptional faculty in critical or emerging areas
  • develop and fund strategic initiatives
  • increase our involvement in community partnerships
  • support special philanthropic efforts

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We welcome applications from all faculty and staff. Applications for projects that need seed money to support innovation, rather than those that need another resource for operational dollars, are preferred.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the due date for applications?
Applications must be received by Feb. 28 and Sept. 30 annually; funding decisions will be made shortly after these deadlines.

Is there a maximum amount I can ask for?
Yes. Investments will normally be capped at $20,000.

Can I see some examples of other investments that have been made by The PLF?

Yes, please visit our page on investments.

When will I find out if my application has received funding?

The timeframe varies depending upon access to the president, the need for additional information to complete an application and other miscellaneous factors. It may be as soon as a few weeks, but it may also be longer. 

Where do I send my completed application?

Via interoffice mail to the PLF office (mail code 4400) or
by e-mail at

Whom do I contact if I have questions regarding the application?

Questions may be directed to

Who is involved in deciding which applications are funded?

President Weber reviews each application and may seek additional information from applicants, deans or other campus community members.

The application asks for a C-account number, but I do not have one. Do I need a C-account to apply for funding?

You may apply for PLF funding and then obtain a C-account upon approval if your application is approved.

How soon after my application is approved will I receive funding?

Although this timeframe varies, The PLF is usually able to transfer the funds to the approved C-account within a couple of weeks.


The President's Leadership Fund
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4400
T. 619-594-3312
F. 619-594-8540

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