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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On-Campus Employment

Baldy Center Research Assistant 
Application Deadline: Priority deadline - August 10, Final deadline - August 19
Stipend: Competitive hourly position

The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy is seeking an advanced graduate student to work in its administrative offices. The mission of the Baldy Center is to advance interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy. The work involved will be diverse, and will likely include assisting the Director or Assistant Director with the logistics of hosting conferences and visiting speakers, conducting research to gather information relevant to Baldy programs and initiatives, entering and confirming data for Baldy record-keeping and reimbursement purposes, drafting emails and other correspondence, and other assorted tasks.

We are interested in students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Successful applicants will have a good understanding of the workings of the university, excellent research, writing, and time management skills, and a willingness to constantly learn and grow and to perform many different tasks as the Center’s programs grow and change.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and writing sample to Assistant Director Laura Wirth at Applications will be accepted until the 19th but priority will be given to those submitted before August 10.


Digital Scholarship Studio and Network Student Assistant 
Application Deadline: August 23, 2019
Stipend: $15.00/hour, 10 hours per week

The Digital Scholarship Studio and Network (DSSN) seeks a graduate student to manage the Welcome Area of the DSSN (Lockwood Library) and to assist with coordinating events and directing or training students and faculty using DSSN space and equipment, as needed. This is an hourly position and does not include tuition waiver. The position is for 10 hours/week, $15/hour; hours must be served between 9 and 5, Monday through Friday, on a predictable schedule, to be determined by DSSN Co-Directors and the student assistant.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct walk-in requests for assistance/advice
  • Book, approve, and coordinate (or help with) required set-up and advertising for events and equipment-use in the DSSN
  • Training people on the use of DSSN classroom and conference room equipment
  • Assist with collecting information, entering it into spreadsheets (Excel), update databases, spreadsheets, DSSN calendar, and Word documents, and disperse information about events
  • Provide technical and clerical assistance to Co-Directors as required


  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Mac and PC basic software, including MS Excel. Experience with other software, such as Oxygen Editor or ArcGIS, or programming would be helpful.
  • Ability to learn new hardware and software systems as needed

Application Procedure:

Send a cover letter and resume to Co-Directors of the DSSN, Cristanne Miller ( and Stacy Snyder ( by August 23. Position will start as soon as possible in the fall semester.

Any questions about the position can be addressed to the above contacts.


Asian Studies Course Grader
Application Deadline: September 6, 2019
Stipend: $15-20 hourly position

The Asian Studies Program has two (2) open positions for graders in the Fall 2019 semester in the following courses:

AS 333: South Asian Cinema: Bollywood and Beyond (60 enrolled)

AS 347: The Fantastical World of Japanese Anime (120 enrolled)

Eligible applicants for these state student assistant positions must be enrolled UB graduate students who are authorized to work on campus. Please see for details.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities with some study of film and/or Asia. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree or above in the study of film and/or Asia and teaching experience.

Each grader will work from 2-10 hours per week, with the highest workload during mid-term and final exam periods. This is an hourly position. Pay will be based on hours worked, at a rate of $15-$20 an hour based on qualifications. The work will be supervised by the course instructor and the Asian Studies Program Director.  

Application Instructions:

To apply for either or both positions, please submit by September 6, 2019 as a single pdf file via email:

  • Brief statement of qualifications that is less than one page and clearly states the position/s for which you are applying,
  • CV with relevant expertise highlighted,
  • At least one UB faculty reference name and contact information.

Please submit to:

Research Funding

The Asian Studies Research Award for UB Faculty and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: October 4, 2019
Award: Up to $1,000

The Asian Studies Program invites UB College of Arts and Sciences, UB School of Architecture and Planning, and UB School of Social Work faculty and graduate students to apply for funding to support scholarly activity in or related to Asia. Requests for funding to support overseas research will be given priority. Requests to support attendance at an annual conference will be considered only for graduate students whose papers have already been accepted for a conference. All expenses must be incurred between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. 

Research award recipients are expected to share their research at an Asia at Noon presentation in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The maximum award per applicant is $1,000. Requests for smaller amounts are encouraged. Since this award will not cover all costs associated with overseas travel, applicants are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources.

Application Submission:

All applications are due by October 4, 2019, 4:30pm EDT. Applicants will be informed of results by November 15, 2019. For application instructions and further details, please visit


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Application Deadline: October 23, 2019
Award: $35,000 stipend, $3,000 for research costs, $5,000 for university fees

ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD.

Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2021. 

The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $43,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows may apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market. The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.

Application Submission:

All University at Buffalo students applying for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship must submit their applications using the CLICK portal. Ms. Maggie Shea ( is available to assist with completing this task. 

Fellowship Application:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • One-page timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense/filing (see sample timelines)
  • Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [optional]
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Completed chapter of the dissertation (that is neither the introduction, nor the conclusion, nor the literature review) of not more than 25 double-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font; or a representative 25-page excerpt from a longer chapter. The chapter must be in English, though citations may be in other languages (with translations provided).
  • Two reference letters, one of which must come from the applicant's dissertation advisor
  • A statement from the applicant’s institution (preferably from the applicant’s department chair, director of graduate studies, or dean). The provided form asks the institutional representative to (1) attest to the viability of the proposed timeline for completion; (2) stipulate that, in the event of an award, the university will not charge the student tuition or fees beyond a limit of $5,000; and (3) pledge that if an ACLS award is made, the university will not provide the applicant with any subsequent aid. The person submitting the statement should not be one of the reference letter writers.

Further infromation about the competition guidelines is available at the ACLS website.

Conference Funding

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Diversity 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.