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Scholarships and Fellowships

Supporting the top graduate students

Fellowships and scholarships are designed to attract and support graduate students who have exceptional academic records and potential. These prestigious awards generally include a full or partial tuition scholarship, often include a generous stipend, and are designed to let the student concentrate on coursework and/or research.

Please note that recipients are still responsible for school fees.

A partial list of scholarships and fellowships at UB

  • Graduate Tuition Scholarships – Graduate tuition scholarships are awarded by an academic department/program, a College/School, or a university administrative office. Master’s students are eligible to receive as many as four semesters of tuition scholarship support. Doctoral students may receive as many as eight semesters of tuition scholarship support, including any such scholarships received while enrolled in a master’s program. Read more about policies regarding the award and use of graduate tuition scholarships in the Provost’s Guidelines for Graduate Tuition Scholarships (PDF). All graduate tuition scholarship recipients are subject to those policies. Please contact the academic or administrative unit providing your tuition scholarship for more information, and for assistance in filing the required forms.
  • Department awards – many degree programs have their own scholarship funds to award to graduate and professional students at their discretion. These awards, which often come from funding that the Graduate School makes available to the deans, vary in amount and eligibility. Please contact your academic department for nomination deadlines, academic requirements and more information.
  • The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program – the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. Applications are available online and the deadlines vary by discipline but are generally due in early November. For more information visit the NSF GRFP website, or the NSF website.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholarship – each year, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers 25 Dean’s Scholarships to outstanding graduate students pursuing a program within the College. The scholarship carries a generous stipend, and will be renewable for up to three additional years. Please visit the CAS Dean’s Scholarship website or contact your department for more information about the program.
  • Fulbright US Student Program: Grants for Graduate Study, Research, or English Teaching Assistantships Abroad – created by the US Congress, this program provides various grants to study abroad and interact with other cultures while completing coursework, research or other special projects. Institutional nomination is required, and the internal UB deadline is early September. For more information visit the UB Fulbright website and the Institute of International Education website.
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships – The Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities Program was initiated in 1985, with the first awards announced in 1986. The goal of the program is to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities on the nation’s college and university faculties. Awards are made to individuals who have demonstrated superior scholarship and show greatest promise for future achievement as scholars, researchers, and teachers in institutions of higher education. The Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities Program, initiated in 1979, is designed to help scholars either preparing for or engaged in college or university teaching and research. The goal is for fellows to achieve professional recognition in their respective fields and to acquire the professional associations that will make them more effective and productive in academic employment. Awards are made to those individuals who show greatest promise of future achievement in academic research and scholarship in higher education.