Scholarships and Fellowships

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UB Fellowships

Please note:  The Department of Anthropology anticipates that graduate funding for the academic year 2020–2021 will be limited.

Students who are eligible for consideration for a Presidential Fellowship or a Schomburg Fellowship program (below) are strongly encouraged to apply for Fall 2020 admission.

The department further anticipates that enhanced graduate funding packages will be available in 2021–2022, in line with the university's new PhD Excellence Inititiative. Students interested in applying for admission for academic year 2021–2022 should consult this page for updates on this as they become available.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos, Director of Graduate Studies, at and/or Ms. Maria Portera, Graduate Program Coordinator, at

Presidential Fellowship

The UB Presidential Fellowship Program helps to fund outstanding graduate students. To be eligible, a nominee must be a new applicant to a PhD program and must be appointed as a full teaching, graduate or research assistant.

Deadline for completed graduate application: December 15

Arthur A. Schomburg Graduate Fellowship

These fellowships are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are members of underrepresented minorities or who have overcome social, physical or economic disadvantages and who are entering a graduate degree program for the first time. Departments nominate candidates for these awards based on standard admissions criteria and are granted only for the degree that the student is pursuing at the time of application. Stipend plus tuition scholarship.

Deadline for completed graduate application: December 15


The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP; formerly GEOP) provides tuition scholarships to graduates of one of the following programs in New York State:

  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
  • CUNY Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) programs

Only New York State residents who participated as undergraduates in certified EOP, HEOP or SEEK programs within New York State and completed their undergraduate degrees are eligible to seek support through the GOP.

Research Scholarships and Grants

CAS Dissertation Fellowships

Outstanding graduate students who have reached the stage of preparing their doctoral dissertations may apply on a competitive basis to receive a Dissertation Fellowship, which carries with it a stipend of $6,000 for one academic year. There are a limited number of these Fellowships, which entail no teaching or other form of obligation. They are intended to assist advanced doctoral candidates in the preparation of their dissertations. These fellowships may be used to supplement other forms of financial support a student receives, or they may be awarded to students who are otherwise unfunded.

Mark Diamond Research Fund

The Mark Diamond Research Fund is offered through the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to graduate students for dissertation or thesis research-related expenses. Doctoral students are eligible to receive up to $2,500 and master's students may apply for up to $1,500.

Anthropology Department Research Awards

Eligible graduate students may apply for the below awards each spring semester.

  • The Morris and Lucille Opler Award for Dissertation Research or Writing is annually awarded to a PhD student who has passed the advanced examination and successfully defended the dissertation proposal. This award carries an amount of $6,000 for dissertation research or writing.
  • Dr. Keith F. Otterbein Award for War and Peace Studies is intended to provide support to one exceptional PhD student at the University at Buffalo doing doctoral research on War and/or Peace. The award is for research that focuses on social, cultural, or historical factors involved in initiating and/or conducting war and/or establishing and/or maintaining peace. The award carries a stipend of $1,500 and is given to students at the pre-dissertation research stage, the dissertation research stage, or the dissertation-writing stage.