Are you seeking funding for your graduate education? Graduate students should be thinking about all of these opportunities early in their academic career. It’s never too early to search for appropriate funding.
Even students with internal awards or funding that requires a work commitment, should find and apply for additional external awards. Why would you do that if you’re already funded? Because these awards free you up to do your own research and it is an external recognition of your scholarly excellence and promise. Winning small awards sets you up to win bigger awards.
Although it takes intense effort to submit a strong application, the sooner you know how to present your work to an external audience the better. Most graduate students will go onto careers that require finding funding for your research or potentially putting together proposals.
We recommend you attend workshops offered by the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships. Workshops are presented throughout the semester and can be general in nature; specific to individuals in science, technology, engineering or mathematical fields; or focus on international opportunities.
Each spring the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships offers a series of workshops targeted to two major awards: the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Fulbright program.
Over the course of four sessions graduate students learn specifics about these awards, how to apply and then they begin writing significant segments of the award.
During the winter session and one week before the fall semester begins, we offer a three-day boot camp where students learn how to find funding, create a list of potential fellowships and scholarships to apply to, and begin to write with help from consultants from UB's Center of Excellence in Writing.
There are many tools at your disposal to find funding. First, take a look at the list of major awards, below. This is not a comprehensive list, rather it is comprised of some of the most applied for prestigious awards.
Note that some awards allow the student to apply directly, while others require nomination by the university. Opportunities that require an institutional nomination are marked by an asterisk (*)
Internal awards are scholarships, awards and prizes offered by an academic department, college or university. The University at Buffalo offers institutional and philanthropic scholarships to hundreds of students every year. The new UB Scholarship Portal and the financial aid website will guide you to these opportunities.
The Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship is a graduate fellowship program for eligible underrepresented students who will pursue graduate study on a full-time basis at the University at Buffalo. The Schomburg Fellowship Program is administered by the Graduate School and is funded by the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Schomburg Fellowship funds are awarded in block grants to academic units, which then determine individual award recipients.
Academic Practicum Policy: Recipients of support through the Arthur Alfonso Schomburg Graduate Fellowship who are not appointed to a teaching, research or graduate assistantship are required to complete an academic, research or service practicum during the period in which they receive funding. Master's level fellowship recipients must complete one semester of practicum, while doctoral level fellows are required to complete two semesters.
The academic department that nominated the Schomburg fellow will implement this policy. All activities that fellows plan to pursue must be pre-approved by their academic department and if applicable, the outside agency that will benefit from the project. Practicum activities may include, but are not limited to, teaching courses at the pre-collegiate level; academic tutoring; career or personal counseling; theoretical or applied research; and technical assistance either on campus or in the Western New York community. When consistent with the individual fellow's academic and career objectives, teaching at the undergraduate or graduate levels (while appropriately enrolled in a "supervised teaching" or "independent study" course) is permitted with the approval of the academic department and unit as a means of fulfilling the practicum requirement. In certain instances where, for example, a fellow may already be required to teach or perform research or service as a part of his/her degree program, this experience may fulfill the fellowship practicum requirement.
Summer Support Policy: Funding provided by the State of New York for the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program is limited and requests from Schomburg fellows for support during a summer term are considered only if funds are available. Awards are generally limited to one summer over the period of an individual fellow's academic program, unless exceptional circumstances are presented.
If sufficient funds exist, summer support may be requested only by Schomburg fellows who meet at least one of the following criteria:
If awarded, summer tuition scholarship support covers tuition only (not fees or other charges). Such tuition support is limited to the general graduate tuition rate in effect for that summer term.
If awarded, summer stipend support will be $250 for each week of the required summer enrollment period (e.g., a total of $1,500 for a six-week course period; $2,500 for a 10-week course period), regardless of the number of courses taken during that period.
Requests for special summer support should be in the form of a letter from the fellow addressed to the Graduate School (409 Capen Hall) and should include information describing the specific coursework to be completed and how that coursework relates to the eligibility criteria listed above. Requests must be accompanied by a letter of support from the fellow's academic department that includes confirmation that the summer coursework in question is required of all students under the program and/or certification that the fellow will complete his/her academic program by the end of the summer term and/or that the fellow's completion of required clinical components of the program during the summer will enable the student to finish the degree program a semester early.
Eligibility Criteria: The Schomburg Fellowship Program is intended to support the recruitment and retention of high achieving doctoral and professional students in pursuit of terminal degrees. Only in exceptional cases may master’s students who meet all eligibility requirements for this program be selected for funding. Recipients of Schomburg Fellowships must be new to the degree program; however, students who have previously earned a master’s degree or who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program and are applying to transition into a doctoral program are eligible to receive a Schomburg Fellowship.
The State University of New York offers these graduate fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who can demonstrate that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body of the university, especially those who have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. In awarding these fellowships, academic units may give consideration to students who are of a race or ethnicity that is underrepresented in its graduate or professional programs but may not make awards solely on that basis. Students must be planning to enroll full-time during the award period and must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
How to Apply: Each school or college has an internal admissions and selection process. Please contact your academic department for more information.
Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships
This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.
The Clifford C. Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award (Furnas Award) was established by Clifford C. Furnas, the first President of the University at Buffalo. The award was created to recognize students with outstanding undergraduate performance in both athletics and academics, who demonstrate pronounced leadership and who promise to continue such success through graduate or professional education. Recipients of the Furnas Award are announced during the spring semester.
The Furnas Award recipients receive funding to support up to four consecutive semesters of uninterrupted full-time graduate study. Award winners have up to three years after the award is announced to begin using the award.
Eligibility Criteria: All nominees must be nominated by a coach and meet the following criteria:
How to Apply: Students cannot apply, they must be nominated by a coach.
Campus Liaison: Rashidi Greene
The Graduate Opportunity Program provides tuition assistance to EOP, HEOP and SEEK graduates who are undertaking graduate study at participating SUNY institutions. The University at Buffalo is a participating institution. This program provides in-state tuition scholarships to full-time students who are pursuing graduate or first professional degrees, excluding medical (MD), dental (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD) and law (JD), and who are determined to have exceptional need by the FAFSA and the Office of Financial Aid.
Students in MD, DDS, PharmD or JD programs, should apply for Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study (EDPS) Program funding.
Applications completed by the priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for funding. Applications completed after the priority deadline are considered on a rolling basis, pending available funds.
Priority Deadline: March 1, 2019
Final Deadline: Aug. 1, 2019
How to Apply:
Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships
Additional Resources: State funding for the GOP program is extremely limited. Awards are not guaranteed for all who apply. Decisions will be based on exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the Office of Financial Aid. Decisions will be made in April; awardees will be notified by email.
Information is subject to change without notice, due to changes in federal, state, and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.
The UB Presidential Fellowship Program is aimed at enhancing UB’s competitiveness in recruiting outstanding graduate students. To be eligible, a nominee must be a new applicant to a PhD program and must be appointed as a full teaching, graduate or research assistant. Nominees must also meet at least one of the following academic criteria upon admission:
For more information about the Presidential Fellowship, please contact your academic department.
Stay connected to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships. We often share information about internal and external awards on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We also encourage you to “follow” funding agencies on social media, as appropriate (NSF, Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, etc.).
The staff in the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships is here to provide you with guidance and support as you apply for awards. If you are interested in international awards (Fulbright, Critical Language, Boren, DAAD) please schedule an appointment with Megan Stewart. For assistance with STEM awards and all other awards, please schedule an appointment Elizabeth Colucci.
The Center for Excellence in Writing also provides support for graduate students as they apply for awards.