Student Funding

Whether you are an incoming student or writing your dissertation, there are funding opportunities available at each stage of your graduate career.

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Society for Applied Anthropology - Peter K. New Student Prize
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Award Amount: $350 - $3000

The competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate or undergraduate level in a college or university during the 2018 calendar year. An eligible student is one who does not have a previously earned doctoral degree. For example, a person with an M.D. degree who is registered as a student in a Ph.D. program is not eligible, and vice versa.

To be eligible, the manuscript should report on research that in large measure has not been previously published. The competition will be limited to manuscripts that have a single author; multiple-authored papers will not be eligible.

The winner of the competition must be available to attend the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society in Portland, OR March 19-23, 2019 and present the paper. The winner is also expected to submit the paper to our journal, Human Organization, for review and possible publication. Students who have previously won either first or second place in the Peter K. New Competition are not eligible in subsequent years.

More information on the Peter K. New Student Prize is availabel through the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Application Submission:

Topic:  The research and the paper should use the social/behavioral sciences to address in an applied fashion an issue or question in the domain (broadly construed) of health care or human services.

Submission:  The paper should be double-spaced and must be less than 45 pages in length (this includes footnotes, tables, and appendices). Please note that papers longer than the 45 page limit will not be forwarded to the judges. The paper should conform to the guidelines of conventional style manuals. The paper must be submitted via the online form.

Timetable:  All submissions must be submitted online by November 30, 2018. The judgingwill begin in December with the winner announced in January of 2019. The winner will be recognized and the paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society in Portland, OR, March 19-23, 2019.

Criteria/Judging:  The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following general criteria:

1. Originality 2. Research design/method 3. Clarity of analysis and presentation 4. Contribution to the social/behavioral sciences

Prizes:   The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000. In addition, the winner will also receive a Baccarat crystal trophy. Second place will receive $1,500 and third $750. All winners will receive a sum of $350 to partially offset the cost of transportation and lodging at the annual meeting of the Society.

TA/GA Funding (external)

No opportunities at this time. Please check back soon.

Research Funding

Nila T. Gnamm Junior Faculty Research Award
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: $500 to $1,500

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center at UB, in conjunction with the Department of Geography and Asian Studies Program at the College of Arts & Sciences, invites proposals for funding from scholars and students affiliated with any department or academic program at UB to support research related to the Southeast Asia region.

Small grants between $500 and $1,500 will be awarded for expenses related to travel, per diem, conference fees, library research, data collection, and other research costs. Funding could also support visiting scholars, conference presentations, workshops, lectures, and similar scholarly activity at UB that is related to the research of a faculty member or graduate student. It is possible that funding may be available for grants of up to $2000 but justification for this will need to be established. The award period covers activities that take place during the period September 1, 2018 through August 30, 2019 and are to be fully completed by September 30, 2019.

In accordance with the Gnamm bequest, preference for funding will be given to: (1) proposals from junior faculty whose research focuses on Southeast Asia; (2) proposals of UB graduate students from Southeast Asia whose dissertation research focuses on their home countries; application in this category must be accompanied by a letter from the student’s dissertation advisor verifying that the student is at thesis or dissertation-writing stage of the graduate program,  (3) research or academic projects that relate to quality-of-life issues in the region, and (4) initiatives conducted in or related to Southeast Asia.

Application Guidelines

  1. The proposal should contain: (i) Name, title, department, affiliation, email, (ii) project/activity title, (iii) objective and summary of project/activity, (iv) work plan, expected outputs, and impact (not to exceed 1200 words), (v) other on-going applications and cost-sharing. The project should include 1 short paragraph that informs about the stage of the research under consideration.
  2. If the applicant is a post-doc/graduate or professional student, please provide a letter from a UB academic advisor that: (a) indicates the student’s status and stage of the thesis project, and (b) evaluates the merit of the research or project.
  3. Itemize budget in a table. The budget must specify clearly how and when the Gnamm funding is to be used. The table should include a time schedule, type and cost of research resources (books, journals, database, equipment, etc.), mode and cost of travel, cost of lodging per night or for the proposed period, per diem, and conference registration fee. For conferences, it is unlikely that expenses beyond three days will be covered.
  4. Curriculum vitae (not to exceed 2 pages)

Applications that fail to follow the above guidelines may not be considered. The application deadline for the Nila T. Gnamm Junior Faculty Research Fund will be October 15, 2018.

Applicants are asked to submit a single word or pdf file with all proposal materials included to: Professor Jessie Poon, Department of Geography, email:


Off the Beaten Path
Location: Gozo, Malta
Application Deadline: January 5, 2019
Award: Full or partial fieldschool tuition

This call is aimed at budding researchers with creative and open minds towards the challenges of applied research. Candidates are invited to propose two or more creative research concepts that can be built upon fieldwork performed during one session of the summer school on Gozo (Malta). From these proposals, the scholarship review board will select 15 candidates to work out a more detailed research plan within a deadline of two months (January/February). These 15 proposals will be ranked and scholarships will be divided according to this ranking. The top ranked proposals will be granted a full scholarship, others will receive a partial scholarship.

Application Submission:
Candidates are invited to propose two or more creative research concepts that can be built upon fieldwork performed during one session of the summer school on Gozo (Malta).

  • Send two or more research concepts.
  • 150-250 words per research concept.
  • Submitting can only be done through the online form.

Conference Funding

No opportunities at this time. Please check back soon.

Diversity Funding

AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship
Award amount: $20,000
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Fellowship available for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations. Award is to defray living expenses and limited research/conference travel. The American Dissertation Fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all coursework, passed all preliminary exams, and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved by November 1, 2018.

Application Guidelines
Please read all application guidelines and apply for the fellowship at the AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship website.  


AAUW Internation Fellowships
Award Amount: $20,000
Application Deadline: November 15, 2018

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by November 15, 2018, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application.

Application Guidelines
Please read all application guidelines and apply for the fellowship at the AAUW International Fellowship website.

University Resources

Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships puts you into contact with many university, national and international awards that can help to fund your graduate career. Workshops to guide students through the applicaton process for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship or a Fulbirght Fellowship are on offer. Links are also available to several national graduate fellowships and scholarships databases.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers several scholarships and fellowships to graduate students at all levels of their academic career.