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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2018 Lambda Alpha Founder’s Student Paper Competition

Deadline: April 9, 2018
Award amount: $700 maximum

In recognition of Lambda Alpha’s fiftieth anniversary, Lambda Alpha is hosting a student paper competition, with awards in the graduate student category. The rules for the scholarships, grant awards, and paper competition are included in the application section below.

Graduate Student Category ($1,500 total):

  • First Place Award, $700
  • Second Place Award, $400
  • Third Place Award,  $300

Honorable Mention Awards, $25 each, 4 awards
Awarded to the fourth to seventh applicants selected by the judges.

The winning papers will be considered for publication in a fiftieth anniversary commemorative issue of the Lambda Alpha Journal.

Paper entries must be submitted from current students actively pursuing a graduate degree in Anthropology in a department with an active Lambda Alpha chapter.

Please submit application materials to: Maria Portera (, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, 369 Filmore by April 9, 2018.

TA/GA Funding (external)

No opportunities at this time. Please check back soon.


Research Funding

CAS Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: March 22, 2018 (please note deadline date change)
Award amount: $6,000

The candidate must submit the application to Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos, with a cc to Maria Portera.

  • An application coversheet
  • A summary of the dissertation project with a clear indication of how much work has been completed and what remains to be completed.  As this is a dissertation completion fellowship, the applicant must show evidence that they are on track to finish in the upcoming academic year. In deciding about funding, priority will be given to candidates who are close to completion of their projects over students who have not yet had their dissertation projects approved or who are at the early stages of writing.  The project narrative must not exceed 5 pages double-spaced, 12-point font, and should be written in a way that will allow scholars from outside the applicant’s discipline to evaluate the significance and feasibility of the project.  Applicants should bear in mind that the Fellowships Committee is made up of faculty representatives from each of the College’s four academic areas, and so for each proposal, the majority of the readers will be from outside the applicant’s area of specialization.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • If the candidate wants funds for a particular purpose (equipment, travel, or the like), a statement of how the funds would be used.  Students should provide information on their total financial support for the upcoming year. If all else is equal, preference will be given to students who do not have other funding, unless the dissertation fellowship request is for research expenditures.
  • A transcript of UB graduate coursework
  • A letter from the dissertation director assessing the quality and significance of the project, the student’s progress to date towards the degree, and the estimated timetable for the completion of the project. Dissertation directors are urged to write a letter that will make the applicant’s project clear to persons outside his or her field. Providing the committee with some context and some idea of how to assess the project’s significance in relation to others in the same area will greatly help the committee to make appropriate decisions.


Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) Research Grant

Deadline: April 15, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $2,500

The ASMEA Research Grant Program seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention. Applicants may submit paper proposals on any topic as long as it is relevant to the five qualifying topic areas outlined on our website and constitutes new and original research. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded. Successful research grant applicants are required to present their research at the Eleventh Annual ASMEA Conference and provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication in our peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

Applicants must be current members of ASMEA and engaged in ongoing study of the Middle East or Africa. Applicants also must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program (with M.A. complete).  


  • Applications must be accompanied by a paper proposal that represents new and un-published research relevant to ASMEA's areas of study. Research grant proposals must be related to the qualifying research areas designated for that program.
  • Applicants to the Research Grants Program must submit a brief letter of reference from their department chair. For student applicants, a letter from a dissertation advisor is acceptable.
  • Students must submit proof of enrollment and expected graduation date.
  • Only active ASMEA members are eligible for grant opportunities.
  • Successful Research Grant Program applicants will be required to present their research at the Eleventh Annual ASMEA Conference on November 1 - 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Research grant winners also must provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication of their papers in the peer-reviewed, Journal of the Middle East and Africa.
  • Research grants may be used to cover any costs associated with conducting research for the specified proposal. 
  • All research and writing must be completed by the deadline for final papers. Projects that go into 2019 will not be considered.

Interested applicants should submit the online application and accompanying materials by April 15, 2018. The online application can be accessed through ASMEA's Research Grant page.

Dr. Keith F. Otterbein Award

Deadline: April 16, 2018
Award Amount: $500.00

The Keith F. Otterbein award 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 $500.00 and is given to students at the pre-dissertation research stage, the dissertation research stage, or the dissertation-writing stage. Candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision in late April/early May 2018.  


Preference is given to students in Anthropology and Classics, but students from different disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


To apply for the award, please send the following to the award committee:

  • A research proposal of no more than 5 pages (typed, single-spaced) in which you describe your research and its significance and a 1-page budget for research-related travel;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • Information on any funding you have received or applied for to conduct pre-dissertation research or dissertation research, or to write up your dissertation.

Please send all award application documents to Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology, at

2018 Opler Scholarship for Dissertation Writing

Deadline: April 16, 2018
Award Amount: $6,000

The Department of Anthropology will award an Opler Scholarship for Dissertation Writing to an Anthropology Ph.D. student in the amount of $6000 for the period from May 1, 2018 – May 1, 2019.

All currently enrolled doctoral students who will have completed their dissertation research by the end of the Spring 2018 semester and will start writing their dissertations at that time.

A brief proposal of no more than 2 pages (typed, single-spaced) in which you describe your research and its significance, and your plan for completion of your dissertation. Clearly indicate in the heading of the proposal it is for dissertation writing, and indicate also your progress on the dissertation to date.  If this request involves travel, include a budget.

In addition, submit the following supporting materials:

  • Evidence of successful dissertation proposal defense
  • Evidence of having passed the advanced exams
  • Any funding you have received to support dissertation writing
  • A curriculum vitae

Submit proposals to Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos and cc to Maria Portera, with Attn to: Graduate Awards Committee


2018 Opler Scholarship for Dissertation Research

Deadline: April 16, 2018
Award Amount: $6,000

The Department of Anthropology will award one Opler Research Scholarship of $6000 to a Ph.D. student to help defray the cost of research for their dissertation, including travel. The time period covered by this award is May 1, 2018 – May 1, 2019.

All currently enrolled doctoral students who have passed their advanced exams and successfully defended their doctoral dissertation proposal.

A brief proposal of no more than 1 page (typed, single-spaced) in which you describe your proposed research. Include a budget and timetable. Clearly indicate in the heading of your proposal that this is an application for the Opler Dissertation Research Scholarship.

In addition, submit the following supportive materials:

  • Evidence of successful dissertation proposal defense
  • Documentation of having passed the advanced exams
  • Documentation that you have applied for external (i.e. non-UB) funding to support your research.
  • Statement about any funding you have received for dissertation research
  • A curriculum vitae


Submit proposals to Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos and cc to Maria Portera, with Attn to: Graduate Awards Committee

The recipient of this award will file a one-page report to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the semester after they have completed their research.

Conference Funding

Eligible GSEU Professional Development Funds
Deadlines: May 5, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $1,000

Teaching assistants and graduate assistants are eligible for Professional Development Program funds for:

  • One project or activity for the period July 2, 2017 to July 1, 2018.

To be considered for funds, teaching assistants and graduate assistants must:

  • Be employed full-time or part-time.
  • Be employed for the duration of the project or activity.
  • For the period July 2, 2017 to July 1, 2018, complete a project or activity on or before July 1, 2018.
  • Submit a completed application by the designated deadline.
  • Be employed or matriculated (with an open student account) at the time payment is made.

The maximum amount for each award is $1,000. The application deadline for the period 7/2/17 to 7/1/18 is May 5, 2018.

Please visit the announcement for further details and to learn how to submit an application.


GSA Conference Funding

April Conferences – March 15, 2018
May Conferences – April 16, 2018
June Conferences – May 15, 2018
July Conferences – June 18, 2018
August Conferences – July 16, 2018

Award Amount:
PhD Students – Up to $550
Masters Students – Up to $350
Attending Students – Up to $200

There is a limited availability of funds to assist graduate students in presenting research work at and attending academic conferences. As of Fall 2015, PhD students, remaining at the university longer than Masters students, will receive up to $550 towards conferences and Masters students will receive up to $350. Students who are attending a conference, but not presenting, are eligible for $200. This amount will come out of the total $350/$550 each student is eligible for throughout their graduate career.


All submissions must be typed. Hand-written submissions will not be considered for approval.

Applications must be physically signed.  Please print out the completed application, sign and date the document, and then submit them to the GSA office in person (310 Student Union), via fax (645-7333), or email them to or

Please visit this page for further details and learn how to properly fill out the application form.

Diversity Funding

AAUW Buffalo Branch Olga Lindberg Scholarship
Amount: $10,000 or $5,000 (1 award each)
Deadline: Postmarked before April 1, 2018

Olga Lindberg winners are worthy and accomplished women whose student records, recommendations and personal goals indicate a commitment to contribute their acquired skills and expertise to the betterment of the broader community.


  • Applicant must be female and, at the time of application (i.e. in April), be at the equivalent to the 4th year college level or higher.
  • Applicant must be attending an accredited college in the fall following the application; proof of enrollment required to receive award.
  • Applicant must be a Western New York resident. Applicant does not need to currently study at a WNY institution. However, the applicant must have lived in Western New York prior to attending college, or is now (and has been for at least a year) a resident of Western New York. The counties of Western New York are Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany.
  • Scholarship is merit based; 3.7 cum GPA or above, based upon past 7 semesters or last 3.5 years of study.

Applicant must complete the scholarship application available at the AAUW Buffalo Branch website.

  • Applicant must submit three letters of recommendation: 2 academic, 1 non‐academic. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be sent in one of two ways:

1.) Recommenders and colleges may send the documents directly to our address.

2.) You may obtain SEALED original letters of recommendation and transcripts and you may send those sealed along with your application (in a single envelope). This gives you the greatest control over the receipt of your application and supporting materials.

  • Applicant must obtain official transcripts of all colleges attended since high school graduation.
  • Applicant must write a 1‐page essay on one of the following topics:

1.) Life goals

2.) Personal Development

  • Applicant must list student activities and a brief description the leadership role you play or played in them. Include what you find most rewarding or valuable about your participation in these activities.
  • Applicant must list community involvement and a brief description of the benefits received from it and must list awards and honors received.

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.