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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GA/TA Funding (external)

UB Curriculum Capstone Instructor
Application Deadline: July 31, 2019
Stipend: $3,500

Note: Applicants must have a current appointment at the University at Buffalo.

The Office of the UB Curriculum is seeking applicants to serve as a primary instructor for the UB Curriculum Capstone (UBC 399) for the 2019-20 academic year.

The selected candidate will serve as a primary instructor for UBC 399: Capstone. The UB Capstone is a one-credit virtual course in which students work in UBPortfolio (powered by Digication), with the support of a UBC instructor, to create a reflective and integrative ePortfolio based on holistic learning in college coursework and lived experiences outside of the formal classroom. The UBC Capstone Instructor will teach 3 sections during the regular semesters (fall and spring).

Key accountabilities and responsibilities

  • Teach up to three section(s) of UBC 399 “UB Curriculum Capstone,” an ePortfolio project required of all undergraduate students in fulfillment of their UB Curriculum requirements;
  • Tutor, evaluate, grade and assess students enrolled in UBC 399;
  • Provide office hour availability for students enrolled in UBC 399.
Application Guidelines:
Applicants must have a current appointment at the University at Buffalo. Must possess an advanced degree with 1-3 years prior teaching experience at the college level required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Familiarity and facility with digital composition techniques (text, media, image).
To apply for a Capstone Instructor position, please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to Dr. Jeffrey Kohler, Capstone Clinical Instructor, at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through July 31, 2019.
Please see full position announcement below for further details.

Research Funding

Keith F. Otterbein Award Competition
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Award: $1,500

The Keith F. Otterbein award 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.

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  $1,500 dollars, and is given to students at the pre-dissertation research stage, the dissertation research stage, or the dissertation-writing stage.

Application Submission:
Please send the following materials to Vaso Neofotistos, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, 380 MFAC Ellicott Complex by the April 15 deadline:

  1. Research Proposal: A research proposal of no more than 5 pages (typed, single-spaced) in which you describe your research and its significance and 1 page with the budget for research-related travel.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two letters of reference
  4. Information on any funding you have received or applied for to conduct pre-dissertation research or dissertation research, or to write up your dissertation

Candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision in late April/early May 2019. 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 Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Brown Bag Talks.


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.

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

No opportunities at this time. Please check back soon.

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.