Department Fellowships and Teaching Awards

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Full-year Fellowships for Dissertation Writing

Department Fellowships

Opler-Doubrava Fifth-Year Fellowships*

These fellowships are available to PhD candidates in the English Department entering their fifth year who continue to hold a TAship.

The Marilyn Doubrava Endowment was established by Sterling M. and Kathryn L. Doubrava as a memorial to their daughter. The Opler Scholarship Fund is generously supported by Morris E. Opler and Lucille R. Opler.

The fellowship offers continuing support (that is, this is not a dissertation completion fellowship). All TAs in year four are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline:  Late March. For application material, click here.

University Fellowships

College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Funds permitting, CAS offers fellowships that target the last year of dissertation writing. The DGS will notify graduate students near the beginning of the Spring semester if CAS is funding this fellowship in a given year. Application is made through the English Graduate Office, as the department committee nominates students to CAS.

Gender Institute Dissertation Fellowships

The Gender Institute at UB has established PhD dissertation fellowships for those working in the area of gender and sexuality studies.

Each year, fellowship information will be posted at You may also contact the Institute Director with questions.

Ruth and Isadore Bob Young Dissertation Fellowship

Awarded to PhD students by the Institute of Jewish Heritage and Thought. For information about applying, including deadlines, contact the Institute at

UB Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellowships

The HI makes available dissertation fellowships to PhD candidates who have exhausted TA support from their home departments and will reside in Western New York during the fellowship year.

Application is made directly through the English Graduate Office, as the department committee nominates students to the HI.

Research Fellowships

Riverrun Research Fellowships*

These fellowships are available to MA or PhD students in English applying to travel to work at an archive, museum, or library outside of Buffalo for research related to any academic project. These awards are made possible through the generosity of the riverrun Foundation.

The two winners will be invited to give a public lecture to people from the University and the community a year from this fall.  Previous winners may not apply again.

Application deadline: Early October. For application material, click here.

Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF)

gives grants to graduate students for research expenses related to their MA thesis or PhD dissertation. PhD students may apply for up to $2,000 and Master’s students for up to $1000. The MDRF grant is only for University at Buffalo graduate students who have not waived the student activity fee. Applicants should be in the latter stages of research for the project for which they are applying. For Application Instructions, Application and Deadlines:

Funding for Conference Travel

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Conference Fund

There is a limited availability of funds to assist graduate students in presenting and attending research work at conferences. As of Fall 2015, Ph. D. 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.

For Application Instructions, Application and Deadlines:

Graduate Office travel grants for conferences and research

Funds are exhausted for 2015-2016. There will be a new application procedure for 2016-2017, with details published by Spring 2015.

Folger Institute

Folger Institute Grants-In-Aid

UB graduate students are eligible for Folger grants-in-aid financial stipends that enable students to take Folger Institute seminars (full seminars qualify for graduate credit by petition to the DGS) and other programs, including intensive weekend workshops and seminars, and conferences. Applications, which are submitted electronically, consist of a brief CV, a Statement of Research Plans focused on the particular program, a budget, and two academic letters of recommendation, and are reviewed by the SUNY at Buffalo representative before being judged by the Institute Applications Committee.   For more information, including this year’s programs, see or contact English Department Professor Barbara Bono (, UB's  representative to the Institute.

External Dissertation Fellowships

Short and long term (as well as postdoctoral) research fellowships are available from a number of research institutions and granting agencies. In addition to browsing fellowship information in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the MLA “Professional Resources” (online), and the PMLA, explore the following options:

Teaching Awards and Opportunities

One-Semester Literature Teaching Opportunity

Fellowships for teaching literature and creative writing courses awarded to PhD students with TAships who are going into year 5 of teaching. Unfunded international students without TAships are also eligible for these courses if they have completed their oral exams, passed the SPEAK test with a score of 55+, and fulfilled other requirements described in the Graduate Studies Handbook. Applications should be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Steven Miller ( Deadline: early October.

Riverrun Teaching Award*

Awarded to the best syllabus for a literature course submitted to the Literature/Summer Course Committee, made possibly through the generosity of the Riverrun Foundation.

Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Awards

Information on this award is available through the Graduate School website. With questions, contact Doug Basford, Assistant Director of Composition (

Annual Composition Syllabus Prize

Information on this award is available through the Composition Website.