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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External Funding Opportunities

Department of Anthropology Conference Funding
Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

The Department of Anthropology will award $500 to three PhD students each to help defray the cost of presenting original research, undertaken while studying at UB, at a professional/ scholarly meeting. The time period covered by this award is January 1, 2023 through June 30, 2023.


All currently enrolled doctoral students.

Application Materials Required:

  1. A brief description of no more than 1 page (typed, single-spaced), which includes the name and description of the conference, the title and description of the paper or poster you will present, the dates and location of the conference, and any additional sources of funding received. Clearly indicate in the heading of your proposal that this is an application for the Fall 2022 Graduate Student Conference grant.
  2. A budget, including airfare, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.
  3. A curriculum vitae.

Submit proposals to Maria Portera, with Attn to: Graduate Awards Committee.


Thursday, December 1, 2022.

The Anthropology Graduate Committee will review all applications and select the three top applicants.

To receive funding, recipients must submit in a timely fashion receipts and a copy of the page in the conference/ meeting program where the name of the presenter and the title of their paper or poster is listed. 

Ford Foundation Fellowships
Application Deadlines:

  • Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships - December 8
  • Predoctoral Fellowship - December 15

Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program;1 Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; asylees; and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations); and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.

Prospective applicants should carefully review the eligibility requirements, the terms of the fellowship awards, application instructions and other information pertaining to the individual fellowship (PredoctoralDissertation, or Postdoctoral) for which they are applying.

NOTE: UB students must coordinate with UB's Sponsored Projects Services to submit an application.


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