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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Research Funding


Advanced PhD Fellowship
Humanities Institute PhD Fellowships
Deadline: March 3, 2020
Award: $6,000

The Humanities Institute will award four $6,000 PhD Fellowships for 2020-2021.  Fellows meet in monthly works-in-progress seminars to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on their research.

If you wish to apply for this fellowship please notify Dr. Neofotistos of your intent to apply.  Submit your application as one complete file to Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos, cc to Maria Portera by March 3, 2020.

Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellowship Application

 

Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grants
Deadline: March 4, 2020
Award: $2,000

The Graduate Research Grant is designed to encourage thesis field research. The funds of $2000 will be awarded annually to each of the three sub-disciplines: archeology (two grants for $2000); bio-anthropology (two grants for $2000); and cultural/linguistic anthropology (two grants for $2000) with the maximum of one applicant per discipline, per chapter. The application must clearly state the sub-discipline grant candidate is applying for (archaeology, bio-anthropology and cultural/linguistics). The winners of the competition will be announced in early May 2020.

Eligibility:

1. Be a lifetime member of Lambda Alpha.  If your entry is chosen as a department winner, you will be contacted to submit your membership fee at that time.

2. Be enrolled in the graduate program in their department for at least one academic year.

3. Have selected their thesis advisor.

4. Have formally formed thesis or dissertation on an anthropological topic.

5. Have their financial advisor agree to be responsible for the dispersal of the grant funds to the student, possibly in conjunction with the university’s research office.

Requirements:

1.  A letter of nomination stating the sub-discipline of the applicant.

2. Curriculum vitae.

3. One original transcript of all undergraduate/graduate institutions. Please complete and include the authorization on page 5. This form was circulated on the Graduate Student List.

4. A statement of financial responsibility from either their thesis advisor or thesis committee chairman containing their name and mailing address – use the attached authorization on page 5.

5. The applicant’s thesis/dissertation proposal is to be in manuscript form and no longer than five pages double-spaced. In addition to the five pages, the proposal must include an itemized budget for no more than $2000 and any references cited.

Application Submission:

Submit application in paper format to Maria Portera, Graduate Program Coordinator in 380 MFAC- Ellicott Complex.

 

Keith F. Otterbein Award Competition
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award: $1,000

The Keith F. Otterbein award is intended to provide support to two exceptional PhD students 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. 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. The award carries a stipend of $1,000 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 2020.   

The recipient of this award must file a 5-10 page report with the Chair of the Anthropology Department; this report will be printed in the journals ABD or CHRONIKA. In addition, the recipient will give a presentation as part of the Anthropology Lecture Series or the IEMA Brown Bag Talks.

Application Submission:

To apply for the award, please send the following by April 1, 2020 to Anthropology Department Graduate Program Coordinator Maria Portera (380 MFAC-Ellicott Complex):

  • A research proposal of no more than 5 pages (typed, single-spaced) in which you describe your research and its significance
  • 1-page budget for research-related travel

In addition, submit the following supporting materials:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. Two letters of reference
  3. Information on any funding you have received or applied for to conduct pre-dissertation research or dissertation research, or to write your dissertation

 

Opler Scholarship for Dissertation Research
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award: $6,000

The Department of Anthropology will award one Opler Research Scholarship of $6000 to an Anthropology PhD student to help defray the cost of research for their dissertation, including travel. The time period covered by this award is academic year 2020-2021.

Eligibility:

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

Application Materials Required:

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:

1) Evidence of successful dissertation proposal defense

2) Documentation of having passed the advanced exams

3) Documentation that you have applied for external (i.e. non-UB) funding to support your research.

4) Statement about any funding you have received for dissertation research

5) A curriculum vitae

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

A faculty committee will review the applications and notify the recipient by April 15, 2020.

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.

 

Opler Scholarship for Dissertation Writing
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award: $6,000

The Department of Anthropology will award an Opler Scholarship for Dissertation Writing to an Anthropology PhD student in the amount of $6000 for academic year 2020-2021.

Eligibility:

All currently enrolled doctoral students who will have completed their dissertation research by the end of the Spring 2020 semester and will start writing their dissertations at that time.

Application Materials Required:

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:

1) Evidence of successful dissertation proposal defense

2) Evidence of having passed the advanced exams

3) Any funding you have received to support dissertation writing

4) A curriculum vitae

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

A faculty committee will review the applications and notify the recipient by April 15, 2020.

Conference Funding

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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.