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Student Funding

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

Research Funding

The Asian Studies Small Research Grant Application
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $1,000

The Asian Studies Program invites UB faculty and graduate students to apply for funding to support scholarly activity in, or related to Asia. Requests for funding to support overseas research will be given priority. Requests to support attendance at an annual conference will be considered only for those whose papers have been accepted for a conference. All expenses must be incurred before June 30 of any given year.

Small research grant recipients will be expected to share their research at an Asia@Noon presentation.

The maximum award per applicant is $1,000. Requests for smaller amounts are encouraged. To apply, send your proposal to the attention of the Asian Studies Program Director, Dr. EunHee Lee, at

Proposals should include:

  1. Proposal narrative, with a description of background, objectives, work plan, expected outputs, and impact (pdf, not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages)
  2. Itemized budget (pdf, with budget narrative, as necessary)
  3. Curriculum vitae (pdf, short versions are welcome)

The Asian Studies Program Executive Committee will consider the proposals. Notification will be made by mid December 2017.


Nila T. Gnamm Junior Faculty Research Fund
Application Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: $500-$2,000

Small grants 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. The award period covers activities that take place during the period September 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 and are to be fully completed by October 31, 2018.

An interested faculty member or graduate student should submit a proposal with the following guidelines:

  1. The proposal should contain: (i) Name, department, affiliation, email, (ii) project/activity title, (iii) objective and summary of project/activity, (iv) work plan, expected outputs, and impact (not to exceed 2500 words), (v) other on-going applications and cost-sharing.  The project should include 1 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. 
  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.
  4. Curriculum vitae (not to exceed 2 pages)

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


SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000

The Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE) and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students with a focus on European Anthropology to apply for the 2018-19 Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. The SAE is the section of the American Anthropological Association that promotes the anthropological study of European societies and culture, encouraging connections between scholars working in Europe. Each fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend to fund two months’ research in Europe, and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists.

The Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship is intended to fund fellows’ first research project in Europe. Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at a university that is a member of the Council for European Studies Academic Consortium;
  • not have completed the majority of doctoral coursework;
  • not have begun substantial dissertation research in Europe.

Please visit the SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship website to access the required documentation.


Off the Beaten Path Scholarships
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Award Amount: Full and partial scholarships to cover summer tuition fee for field school

The Off The Beaten Track program, with 12 years and 24 editions on its counter, now is the longest standing cultural anthropology field school in the world.

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. None of the scholarships include airfare from and to Malta.

Application Process
• Send two or more research concepts.
• 150-250 words per research concept.
• Submission can only be done through this online form.

Conference Funding

Diversity Funding

Ford Foundation Fellowships
Deadline: December 7, 2017
Award Amount:  Dissertation-- $25,000 for one year

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching.

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program, and political asylees and refugees regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Individuals planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities

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.