Presidential Fellowships


The UB Presidential Fellowship Program helps to fund 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 have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.40 or higher upon admission.

Suspended: Standardized Test Requirement

The standardized test requirement has been temporarily suspended, through spring 2023.

For more information about the Presidential Fellowship, please contact your academic department.

How to Apply

Each school or college has an internal admissions and selection process. Please contact your academic department for more information.

Maintaining Your Fellowship

To maintain Presidential (or Schomburg) funding, students must continue to receive a full teaching, graduate or research assistant appointment, obtain a 3.0 GPA each semester and complete classes in a timely manner. Failure to meet these requirements may result in termination of a student’s award.

Campus Contact

Past Award Recipients

Past Presidential Events at UB

Fellow Research Talks

Throughout the year, the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships encourages our Presidential, Schomburg, and Graduate School Fellows to share their research with one another during our Research Talks. These talks allow for the exchange of knowledge among the community and create potential for scholarly collaborations.

Welcome Reception

Each fall, the President of the University at Buffalo hosts a reception at his home honoring the Presidential Fellowship recipients. This event allows for networking among current Presidential fellows, faculty supporters and administrators of UB’s Presidential Fellowship program.

Distinguished Speaker Community Building

Presidential fellows are encouraged to take advantage of one of the many exceptional opportunities for networking and learning that the University at Buffalo has to offer: The Distinguished Speakers series. A reception is hosted for Presidential fellows prior to a lecture from a distinguished speaker, such as Angela Davis.