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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Society for Applied Anthropology - Peter K. New Student Prize
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Award Amount: $350 - $3000

The competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate or undergraduate level in a college or university during the 2018 calendar year. An eligible student is one who does not have a previously earned doctoral degree. For example, a person with an M.D. degree who is registered as a student in a Ph.D. program is not eligible, and vice versa.

To be eligible, the manuscript should report on research that in large measure has not been previously published. The competition will be limited to manuscripts that have a single author; multiple-authored papers will not be eligible.

The winner of the competition must be available to attend the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society in Portland, OR March 19-23, 2019 and present the paper. The winner is also expected to submit the paper to our journal, Human Organization, for review and possible publication. Students who have previously won either first or second place in the Peter K. New Competition are not eligible in subsequent years.

More information on the Peter K. New Student Prize is available through the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Application Submission:

Topic:  The research and the paper should use the social/behavioral sciences to address in an applied fashion an issue or question in the domain (broadly construed) of health care or human services.

Submission:  The paper should be double-spaced and must be less than 45 pages in length (this includes footnotes, tables, and appendices). Please note that papers longer than the 45 page limit will not be forwarded to the judges. The paper should conform to the guidelines of conventional style manuals. The paper must be submitted via the online form.

Timetable:  All submissions must be submitted online by November 30, 2018. The judging will begin in December with the winner announced in January of 2019. The winner will be recognized and the paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society in Portland, OR, March 19-23, 2019.

Criteria/Judging:  The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following general criteria:

1. Originality 2. Research design/method 3. Clarity of analysis and presentation 4. Contribution to the social/behavioral sciences

Prizes:   The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000. In addition, the winner will also receive a Baccarat crystal trophy. Second place will receive $1,500 and third $750. All winners will receive a sum of $350 to partially offset the cost of transportation and lodging at the annual meeting of the Society.

Research Funding

GSEU Professional Development Funding
Application Deadline: May 5, 2019
Award: $1,000 maximum award

This program is intended to assist eligible teaching assistants and graduate assistants develop their full professional potential or prepare for advancement by funding professional development activities. The funds cover one project or activity for the period July 2, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

Eligible project or activities include:

  • Basic, applied or historical research (not related to dissertation).
  • Curricular or instructional material development.
  • Conference, workshop or seminar attendance.
  • Conference participation (e.g. presiding, presenting).
  • Course work or internship not part of earning a degree.
  • Preparation of material for publication.
  • Grant proposal development.
  • Artistic or creative endeavors.
  • Other work-related professional development projects or activities.
Application Guidelines:

Candidates will submit the award application (PDF above) to along with the following:

  • The type of event, event site and sponsor.
  • A description of the project or activity.
  • How the project or activity will enhance the applicant’s professional development.
  • Itemized expenditures related to the project or activity that conform to the New York State Comptroller's rules and regulations and limitations.
  • Applicant’s role, such as presenting a paper, proposal or formally participating. If presenting a paper or proposal, the title of the paper or proposal and nature of the presentation must be provided.
  • A letter of acceptance of the paper or proposal. If acceptance is pending, notification of acceptance must be provided no later than 14 days prior to the proposed starting date of the project or activity.
  • A brochure, announcement or other relevant documentation describing the project or activity and related costs. If documentation is not yet available, it must be provided no later than 14 days prior to the proposed starting date of the project or activity.
  • A current curriculum vitae (i.e. resume).
  • Supporting documentation or information as requested by the campus committee.

More information may be accessed at GSEU Professional Development Award announcement page.


Off the Beaten Path
Location: Gozo, Malta
Application Deadline: January 5, 2019
Award: Full or partial fieldschool tuition

This call is aimed at budding researchers with creative and open minds towards the challenges of applied research. Candidates are invited to propose two or more creative research concepts that can be built upon fieldwork performed during one session of the summer school on Gozo (Malta). From these proposals, the scholarship review board will select 15 candidates to work out a more detailed research plan within a deadline of two months (January/February). These 15 proposals will be ranked and scholarships will be divided according to this ranking. The top ranked proposals will be granted a full scholarship, others will receive a partial scholarship.

Application Submission:
Candidates are invited to propose two or more creative research concepts that can be built upon fieldwork performed during one session of the summer school on Gozo (Malta).

  • Send two or more research concepts.
  • 150-250 words per research concept.
  • Submitting can only be done through the online form.


CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 24, 2019
Award: $10,500

The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.

Application Submission:

Applicants for fellowship consideration must submit:

  1. Application form, accessed at
  2. Project description
  3. Project bibliography/literature review
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Transcripts

For detailed information about the application requirements and eligibility, please visit the CAORC fellowship website.

Conference Funding

Graduate Student Association Conference Funding
Application Deadline: Mutiple
Award: $350 MA students, $550 PhD students

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

Application Submission:

All submissions must be typed, and hand-written submissions will not be considered for approval.  Documents are fillable Word Forms. Use the link below for the document – you need to open the document in Microsoft Word, not in your browser window.

Conference Funding Application

Applications must be physically signed.  Please print out the completed application, sign and date the document, and then submit them to the GSA office in person (310 Student Union), via fax (645-7333), or email them to or

Note: There are several application deadlines throughout the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Please view the deadlines on the Conference Funding Application link available above.

Diversity Funding

AAUW International Fellowships
Award Amount: $20,000
Application Deadline: November 15, 2018

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by November 15, 2018, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application.

Application Guidelines
Please read all application guidelines and apply for the fellowship at the AAUW International Fellowship website.


Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Award Amount: $25,000 for 1 year
Application Deadline: December 6, 2018

The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a PhD or ScD degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.

The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The total amount of the award is a one-year stipend of $25,000.

Application Guidelines
Online application must be submitted by 5:00pm on December 6, 2018. Please see below informational packet for eligibility and application requirements.

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.