Student Funding

The department encourages all undergraduate majors and minors to frequently check this page to apply for funding opportunities as they become available.

Research Funding

Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Award
Award Amount: Up to $2,000

Students in the Department of Anthropology planning to graduate in December 2018 or later are eligible to receive an award of up to $2,000 to defray the costs of carrying out an independent research project, including equipment and travel to research sites. To apply, students must submit a proposal of no more than 600 words describing the aims and methods of the research project, together with a budget, to Carol Zittel ( The award is intended to support research carried out between September 2018 and May 2019.

Students must work in consultation with a faculty member who will provide advisement on the project, and obtain his or her signature on a statement attached to the proposal certifying his or her willingness to serve as the project adviser. No funds will be provided for travel to conferences or for research designed by a faculty member.


Rochester Academy of Science Student Research Grants
Application Deadline: December 18, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $500

The Rochester Academy of Science will award grants for research supplies and travel related directly to research projects performed by undergraduate college students. These grants are intended to help students who are working toward undergraduate degrees to purchase expendable materials for use in their projects, not for laboratory equipment.

Application Submission:
Please refer to the below attachment as there are specific guidelines to follow when applying for this award.

Applications should be sent by email to Dr. William Hallahan at no later than December 18, 2018.
1. Email the proposal as an attached Word document or pdf.
2. Have your faculty advisor send a separate email endorsing this proposal (see above).

Awards and Scholarships

Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship is a leadership development program open to all undergraduate majors that provides selected Fellows professional development opportunities, as well as resources and access to WNY business leaders. This fellowship program will assist undergraduate and graduate students who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the WNY region.

WNY Prosperity Fellows are awarded a paid summer internship; scholarship support awarded during the academic year up to $25,000 based on a student’s unmet financial need, and an enrichment fund of $1,000.  

Fellowship eligibility:

  • current sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply; 
  • should have minimum 3.0 cumulative UG GPA / 3.5 cumulative GRAD GPA; 
  • have an interest in bolstering the WNY economy through job creation; 
  • complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the advised deadline. Please note that you may file a FAFSA using estimated income information and update your FAFSA once you complete your current tax return.

For full details, visit the fellowship website at:

Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship information sessions:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m., 220 Student Union, North Campus
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m., 220 Student Union, North Campus
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., 220 Student Union, North Campus

Field School Funding

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.
More information about this scholarship may be obtained at the Off the Beaten Path website.

Graduate School Funding

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Award Amount: $24,000 for 3 years
Application Deadline: December 13, 2018

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Application Submission
Online application must be submitted by 5:00pm on December 13, 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 undergraduate career and to build an impressive resume.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers several scholarships to undergraduate students at all levels of their academic career, and for those looking to fund their study abroad and experiential learning opportunities.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

CURCA provides a listing of the many research opportunities available throughout the university. Students who work on a CURCA project are eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Research Award.