Scholarships and Fellowships

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UB Fellowships

Presidential Fellowships

A limited number of highly competitive Presidential Fellowships are available to outstanding students. Candidates are nominated for this award by the department or program to which they apply. The fellowships are valued at between $4,000 and $8,000 and are offered in addition to the normal assistantship stipend, currently $13,896. These awards are normally renewable for a maximum of four years and they carry a full tuition scholarship for this period.

Deadline for completed graduate application: December 15

Dean's Scholarships

Dean’s Scholarships are similar to Presidential Fellowships: They offer an assistantship (currently $13,896 per year) and a fellowship stipend of $4,000. Dean’s Fellows are also awarded a full tuition scholarship for the duration of their award, which for doctoral students is normally renewable for two to four years.

Deadline for completed graduate application: December 15

Arthur A. Schomburg Graduate Fellowship

These fellowships are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are members of underrepresented minorities or who have overcome social, physical or economic disadvantages and who are entering a graduate degree program for the first time. Departments nominate candidates for these awards (one year, renewable for up to four years) based on standard admissions criteria and are granted only for the degree that the student is pursuing at the time of application. Stipend: $10,000 to $15,000, plus tuition scholarship.

Deadline for completed graduate application: December 15


The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP; formerly GEOP) provides tuition scholarships to graduates of one of the following programs in New York State:

  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
  • CUNY Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) programs

Only New York State residents who participated as undergraduates in certified EOP, HEOP or SEEK programs within New York State and completed their undergraduate degrees are eligible to seek support through the GOP.

Research Scholarships and Grants

CAS Dissertation Fellowships

Outstanding graduate students who have reached the stage of preparing their doctoral dissertations may apply on a competitive basis to receive a Dissertation Fellowship, which carries with it a stipend of $6,000 for one academic year. There are a limited number of these Fellowships, which entail no teaching or other form of obligation. They are intended to assist advanced doctoral candidates in the preparation of their dissertations. These fellowships may be used to supplement other forms of financial support a student receives, or they may be awarded to students who are otherwise unfunded.

Mark Diamond Research Fund

The Mark Diamond Research Fund is offered through the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to graduate students for dissertation or thesis research-related expenses. Doctoral students are eligible to receive up to $2,500 and master's students may apply for up to $1,500.

Anthropology Department Research Awards

Eligible graduate students may apply for the below awards each spring semester.

  • The Morris and Lucille Opler Award for Dissertation Research or Writing is annually awarded to a PhD student who has passed the advanced examination and successfully defended the dissertation proposal. This award carries an amount of $6,000 for dissertation research or writing.
  • Dr. Keith F. Otterbein Award for War and Peace Studies 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 $1,500 and is given to students at the pre-dissertation research stage, the dissertation research stage, or the dissertation-writing stage.