The Institute for Strategic Enhancement
of Educational Diversity (iSEED)
About the iSEED Graduate Scholars Program
Competitive funding will be offered to a select number of
exceptional first year PhD students traditionally
underrepresented in the STEM fields within the participating
There is not a separate application for the iSEED
Graduate Scholars program.
Prospective PhD students interested in becoming an iSEED
Graduate scholar should first apply to a PhD program within one
of the 7
participating schools at UB, by visiting their websites and
following specific instructions.
If you are part of the McNair Scholars program,
you're eligible to receive an application fee waiver; other
students may contact the chair of their prospective department
regarding fee waivers.
Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship recipients receive an invitation
to become an iSEED Graduate Scholar.
When discussing your career goals in your personal statement,
mention your interest in and reasons for becoming an iSEED
Potential iSEED Graduate Scholars are then nominated by the
participating PhD programs once they have been accepted to
iSEED Graduate Scholars will participate in professional
development workshops once enrolled in their PhD program.
As part of the professional development workshops, iSEED
Graduate Scholars will have the opportunity to invite a prestigious
guest speaker to campus each year.
iSEED Graduate Scholars include Schomburg Fellowship
recipients, PhD students in the Communities of Excellence and the
participating and partner schools, such as College of Arts and
Science, Graduate School of Education, Roswell Park Cancer
Institute Graduate Division, School of Dental Medicine, School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences, Jacobs School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Public Health and Health
iSEED Graduate Scholars will be paired with a faculty mentor
within their field.
Faculty mentors will closely monitor their student's academic
performance by periodically reviewing progress in coursework and
making sure graduate program requirements are met.
Peer Mentors will help new iSEED Graduate Scholars with issues
related to relocation to the Buffalo area, including finding
accommodations in accessible/safe places, navigating and adjusting
to a new scientific and local culture, and providing academic and