Fellowships & Scholarships

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.

Opportunities for Graduate Study

Below you will find just a partial list of the many fellowships and scholarships that may be available to help fund your graduate education.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with a fellowships advisor, please visit the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships website.

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Featured External Awards

External awards are nationally (and internationally) competitive fellowships and scholarships for students to help pursue their academic interests or passions in more depth. Some offer opportunities to pursue research while others may provide funding for graduate education. In general, external awards provide a kind of “portable” allowance that can be used at the institution of the student’s choice.

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Dissertation

ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellowship

ACLS invites applications for ACLS/Mellon 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. The award includes a $30,000 stipend, funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and funds for university fees of up to $5,000.

Deadline: October 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a PhD candidate in humanities or social science department in the United States.
  • Must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (i.e., obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
  • Must be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application. This includes time spent earning an MA within that program.
  • Does not currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the ACLS website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship is dedicated to helping women succeed academically. The program provides funding for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations. The purpose of this fellowship is to offset the scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The total award amount is $20,000.

Deadline: November 2018

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • Must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all coursework, passed all preliminary exams and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved by November 2018. The doctoral degree/dissertation must be completed between April 1 and June 30, 2020. Degree conferral must be between April 1 and September 15, 2020.
  • Fellows are not required to study in the United States.
  • Fellowship is intended for applicants who are completing their first doctoral degree.

How to Apply: Apply online on the AAUW website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grant

The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for advanced doctoral students in education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics and psychometrics.

Deadline: TBA on the AERA website

Eligibility Requirements:

  • May be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, non-U.S. citizens enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage.
  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Apply online on the AERA website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help PhD candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. The award amount is $25,000 for a 12-month writing period.

Deadline: November 2018

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be candidates for PhD or ThD degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States.
  • Have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • Be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • Must expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
  • Have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the ACLS, AAUW, Ford, Mellon, NAEd/Spencer or Whiting fellowship are not eligible.
  • Be in a humanities or social science department, writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • Have never applied for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship before. 

How to Apply: Apply online on the Newcombe website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a PhD or ScD degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.

The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The total amount of the award is a one-year stipend of $25,000.

Deadline: December 2018 (Supplementary Materials: January 2019)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees and refugees.
  • Superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • PhD or ScD degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline in a dissertation-required program at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education who will complete the dissertation in a period of 9 to 12 months during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

How to Apply: Apply online on the National Academies website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Josephine De Karman Fellowship

De Karman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. A minimum of 10 fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed.

Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to all students studying at an U.S. institution.
  • Must be in the writing stage of dissertation work.
  • High grades and a compelling record of original research or scholarship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the De Karman website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF)

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) is an annual competitive program that awards up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to PhD, DBA or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics and local ecosystems, demographic dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, declining business dynamism, future of work, economic inequality and mobility, and programmatic research.

Deadline: August 2018

  • Must be a PhD, DBA or other type of doctoral student attending an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposal as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals.
  • Applicants should completed their dissertation by the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Grants will not be distributed until doctoral candidates have received their institution’s approval for the dissertation proposal.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Kauffman website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

The National Academy of Education/Spencer (NaED/Spencer) Dissertation Fellowship program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Deadline: TBA on NaED/Spencer website

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens, however, must be candidates foe doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S.
  • Fellowship is intended to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation, not the research portion.
  • Must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements.
  • Dissertation funding expended within a time limit of up to two years.

How to Apply: Apply online on the NaED/Spencer website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies support the final year of dissertation writing for PhD. Candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. In each round, 10 fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection and supplies.

Deadline: October 2018

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a graduate program at an U.S. institution.
  • Have completed all pre-dissertation requirements.
  • Be writing on issues related to women, gender, women’s studies or feminist/LGBTQ theory, area of study is in the humanities or social sciences
  • Expect to complete doctoral degree by summer 2020.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Woodrow Wilson fellowship website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Diversity

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships (AIGC)

The American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships (AIGC) are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria. The fellowship amount is typically between $1,000 and $5,000 per academic year (not including summer) and varies from year to year, depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds and unmet financial need.

External Deadline: June 1, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Pursuing a graduate or professional degree, full-time
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF).
  • An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree verifiable federally recognized Indian blood) as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC).

How to Apply: Apply online on the AIGCS website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields.

Recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the upcoming academic year. A group of female graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California.

Deadline: December 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must identify as female.
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a bachelor's, master's or PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Be studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field.
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record.
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Women Techmakers website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program

The Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program (CSWE) is designed for racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work who hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program and who are preparing to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organizations serving ethnic minority persons with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals with doctoral degrees available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

Two types of fellowships available for both master's and doctoral students.

External Deadline: February 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or have permanent residence status.
  • The fellowship is targeted to but not limited to minority ethnic/racial groups.
  • Demonstrate potential for assuming a leadership role providing mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic/racial minority individuals and communities and potential for success in doctoral studies.
  • Cannot receive another source of federal funding during the fellowship year (federal loans excluded).

How to Apply: Apply online on the CSWE website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Through its fellowship programs, 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.

Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

External Deadline:

  • Predoctoral Award: December 14, 2018
  • Dissertation Award: December 7, 2018
  • Postdoctoral Award: December 7, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation, are eligible.
  • Must have evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
  • Must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

How to Apply: Apply online at the Ford Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline:  November 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • These fellowships are available to graduating seniors, recent alumni or graduate students who have not yet entered their third year, in any discipline.
  • Naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders and children of naturalized U.S. citizens.
  • Age 30 or younger as of the application deadline.

How to Apply: Apply online at the Paul and Daisy Soros website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Point Foundation Scholarship

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

External Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Identify as an LGBTQ person.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree-awarding program.
  • Display a financial need.
  • Proven track record of leadership.
  • High GPA.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Point Foundation website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Humanities

Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.

Programs range from seven to 10 weeks, beginning in early to mid-June with a pre-departure orientation in the U.S. Students must attend the full program and participate in all program activities. Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with Megan Stewart in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: November 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at UB (in any major).

Language experience varies; typically, previous language experience is not required.

How to Apply: Students must complete the online application on the Critical Language Scholarship Program website and submit two letters of recommendation.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart

Global Health Corps Fellowship

Global Health Corps Fellows work with high-impact health organizations in yearlong paid positions. They fill critical gaps in their placement organizations as many have non-traditional health backgrounds. Throughout the year, they engage in intensive leadership development and community building, striving to embody our leadership practices as they work to address health inequities across the global health field.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline:  January 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • These fellowships are available to graduating seniors, recent alumni or graduate students who have not yet entered their third year, in any discipline.
  • Naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders and children of naturalized U.S. citizens.
  • Age 30 or younger as of the application deadline.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Global Health Corps website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Humane Studies Fellowship

The Humane Studies Fellowship is awarded to current or future students in PhD programs. It is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year. This award is intended for graduate students with an interest in developing, teaching and applying classical liberal ideas and the principles of a free society.

Application Deadline: April 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in a PhD program for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must have a research interest that contributes to a liberty-advancing scholarship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Humane Studies website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.

The Foundation offers two types of fellowships:

  • Junior Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded to outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government or any other social studies class where you will teach topics on the Constitution in grades 7-12. Junior fellows are expected to complete graduate study within two academic years of full-time study.
  • Senior Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded to outstanding current teachers who are required to complete graduate study within five calendar years of part-time study.

External Deadline: March 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Be a teacher or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government or any other social studies class where you will teach topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).
  • Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.

How to Apply: Apply online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/jamesmadison/.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

Campus Deadline: August 2018

External Deadline: October 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Rhodes Scholarship is open to graduating seniors or recent alumni, in all disciplines.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
  • In addition to scholarly achievement, applicants must clearly demonstrate leadership capacity and commitment to the common good.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Rhodes Scholarship website.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination to the Rhodes Scholarship.  A faculty committee will select UB’s nominees and provide the institutional nomination.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

International

British Marshall Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The British Marshall scholarship enables students to study a wide range of subjects for an advanced degree at any of Britain’s universities and business schools. Funding is for one or two years of graduate study in any field at participating universities.

Campus Deadline: August 1

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  • Must be a graduating senior or recent alumni.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Extensive leadership, research and ambassadorial potential.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.

How to Apply: Students interested in being nominated by the University at Buffalo must complete the entire online application and submit transcripts and letters of recommendation to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by August 1.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination to the Marshall Scholarship. A faculty committee will select UB’s nominees.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Programs

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.

External Deadline: February 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application.
  • GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • U.S. citizenship.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Charles B. Rangel Program website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Fulbright Student Grant for Graduate Study, Research Abroad or English Teaching Assistantship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. During their grants, Fulbright recipients will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Campus Deadline: August 2018

External Deadline: October 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to graduating seniors, recent alumni or graduate students, in all disciplines.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Prospective applicants should be aware of country-specific requirements, such as whether or not foreign language proficiency is required.
  • Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree by the start of the program, but have not yet earned a PhD.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Fulbright website.

Selection Process: The UB campus committee will meet with all candidates after the campus deadline.

Campus Liaison: Colleen Culleton

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the U.K. to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: Applications open in September with two deadlines - one deadline in October for U.S. citizens and one deadline in December for citizens of countries other than the U.S.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Outstanding intellectual ability.
  • Leadership potential.
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • A good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Gates Cambridge website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

George J. Mitchell Scholarship for Study in Ireland*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland (study in Northern Ireland is not currently an option through the Mitchell Scholarship).

Campus Deadline: August 1, 2017

External Deadline:  September 29, 2017

Eligibility Criteria:

  • High GPA (3.8 - 4.0).
  • Student must demonstrate scholarship and leadership.
  • Student must have a sustained commitment to community and public service.

How to Apply: Apply online on the US-Ireland Alliance website.

Selection Process: A faculty committee will review the nominee’s application and determine if the student will be endorsed to the Mitchell Scholarship Program.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Students who are selected will be hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

Campus Deadline: January 10, 2019

External Deadline: January 15, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • These fellowships are available to graduating seniors or alumni who have graduated within the past academic year and have not yet started graduate studies.
  • Superior research and writing abilities.
  • Significant coursework and internships related to discipline of interest.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months.

How to Apply: Students interested in being nominated by the University at Buffalo must first contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to request application forms and information.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination as a Gaither Fellow. A committee will select UB’s nominees.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.

Campus Deadline: No internal deadline. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships for assistance.

External Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a matriculated graduate student, in any discipline.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Must demonstrate interest in a career in public service.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Boren Awards website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Schwarzman Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Funding to pursue a one-year master’s at China’s Tsinghua University in Economics, International Studies or Public Policy

Campus Deadline: August 2018

External Deadline: September 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This scholarship is open to graduating seniors or recent alumni, in all disciplines (with an interest in pursuing one of the degree programs listed in the description above).
  • Applicants may be of any citizenship.
  • English language proficiency is required, however, Chinese language proficiency is not.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 17 of the application year.

How to Apply: Apply online on the  Schwarzman Scholarships website.

Selection Process: Students interested in being nominated by the University at Buffalo must complete the entire online application and submit transcripts and letters of recommendation to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by August 1 to be considered.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to applying

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with Megan Stewart well in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This fellowship is open to junior, graduating senior or recent alumni.
  • Applicants must be in a field related to the U.S. Foreign Service such as business, economics, public policy, international affairs, political science, sociology, foreign language, etc.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Commitment to future employment with the U.S. Foreign Service.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program website.

Campus Liaison: Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

STEM

Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields.

Recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the upcoming academic year. A group of female graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California.

Deadline: December 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must identify as female.
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a bachelor's, master's or PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Be studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field.
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record.
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Women Techmakers website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' committee, board or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense and Department of Energy. They also work in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank, in universities, and in the private sector.

Deadline: April 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, US permanent resident or a non-US citizen with a certain visa.
  • Must be a graduate student or have completed graduate studies with in the last five years.
  • Areas of study include: social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering or relevant interdisciplinary fields.

How to Apply: Apply online on the National Academies website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

Established in 1991, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a PhD at an accredited U.S. university. We encourage applications from students in engineering and the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences who meet the following eligibility requirements. The fellowship provides four years of support, but must be renewed each summer.

Deadline: January 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Undergraduate seniors.
  • Applicants with no more than BS or BA degrees who are not enrolled in graduate school.
  • First-year graduate students (MS degree or PhD students without an MS degree)
  • Enrolled MS degree students beyond their first year provided that they plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a PhD at either a different academic institution or in a different academic department.
  • Applicants with no more than MS degrees who are not currently enrolled and who will not have been enrolled in graduate school for two years prior to resuming graduate studies.
  • First-year PhD students with an MS degree provided that they completed the MS degree within two years at a different academic institution, completed the MS degree within two years in a different academic department or prior to current enrollment, they had not been enrolled in graduate school for at least two years.

How to Apply: Apply online on the DOE CSGF website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Hertz Foundation

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is a not-for-profit organization changing the world around us by granting freedom of American scientific research and innovation through fellowship and financial support. Celebrating 60 years in 2017, the Hertz Fellowship is the most exclusive fellowship program in the world. The Hertz Foundation is the only organization in the United States that supports PhD candidates for a full five years at one of the Foundation’s numerous partner institutions and grants students total research freedom, ensuring that each Fellow is able to pursue the most compelling, cutting-edge research.

External Deadline: Fall 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the U.S. in time of national emergency.
  • Applicants must be a graduating senior or first year graduate student.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Hertz Foundation website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program awards over 100 fellowships each year to graduate students in the fields of science and engineering. Fellows may choose any accredited institution of higher education in the United States offering doctoral degrees in science or engineering. The tenure of the award is 36 months cumulatively, beginning in the fall of the year the fellowship is awarded. The evaluation of candidates will be based on all available evidence of ability, including academic records, recommendations regarding each applicant’s qualifications and the score obtained on the GRE. The award includes full payment of tuition and required fees. In addition, fellows receive a stipend to cover related living expenses.

External Deadline: December 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies or have completed no more than two years of full-time years graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.
  • Applicants must be in one of 15 supported disciplines:
    • Aeronautical and astronautical engineering
    • Biosciences
    • Chemical engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil engineering
    • Cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences
    • Computer and computational sciences
    • Electrical engineering
    • Geosciences
    • Materials science and engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Naval architecture and ocean engineering
    • Oceanography
    • Physics

How to Apply: Apply online on the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas particularly by women and members of minority groups. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000) and up to $10,000 of support for a four to six week program collaboration at a NOAA facility. Master's students may be supported for up to two years, and doctoral students for up to four years. Depending on funding, approximately two to four scholarships are awarded each year.

Scholarships are distributed by disciplines, institutions and geography, and by degree sought, with selections within distributions based on financial need, the potential for success in a graduate level studies program (academic achievement), and the potential for achieving research and career goals.

Deadline: December 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a citizen of a U.S. territory.
  • Must pursue or intend to pursue a master's or doctoral level degree in oceanography, maritime archaeology or marine biology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas (or related areas), at a U.S. accredited institution.
  • 3.30 GPA.
  • Must maintain full-time student status for the duration of the scholarship award.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Foster Scholars website.

Questions about this award? Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSFGRFP) awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science. There are awards for women in engineering, awards for women in computer information science and graduate fellowships.

Applications are available online and part one of the application is due in early October. This fellowship carries a stipend of $34,000 per year plus tuition waivers and fees for three years. Candidates must have research experience. All NSFGRFP applications are evaluated using NSF’s two merit review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. In order to present a competitive application, you must address both merit review criteria thoroughly. The Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement and the Graduate Research Statement should both reflect these criteria.  

External Deadline: Various dates based on discipline throughout October each year. Consult the program solicitation on the NSF website.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a graduating senior.
  • Graduate students can apply only once for the NSFGRFP, either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.
  • High GPA.
  • Past research experience.

How to Apply: Apply using the NSF FastLane portal.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

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Rhodes Scholarship*

This scholarship requires institutional nomination and cannot be applied to directly.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

Campus Deadline: August 2018

External Deadline: October 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Rhodes Scholarship is open to graduating seniors or recent alumni, in all disciplines.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
  • In addition to scholarly achievement, applicants must clearly demonstrate leadership capacity and commitment to the common good.

How to Apply: Apply online on the Rhodes Scholarship website.

Selection Process: Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination to the Rhodes Scholarship.  A faculty committee will select UB’s nominees and provide the institutional nomination.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

SMART Scholarship for Service Program

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is part of a highly concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into the Department of Defense (DoD). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. SMART Scholars are awarded an annual stipend, full tuition, required fees, health insurance and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of award.

Campus Deadline: A campus nomination is not required, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with Elizabeth Colucci in advance of the deadline.

External Deadline: December 1, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or United Kingdom at time of application.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2018.
  • Must be able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories.
  • Must be willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD.
  • Must be a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award.
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the Smart Program website.

How to Apply: Apply online on the SMART Scholarship for Service Program website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and New Jersey.

External Deadline: There are three rounds of deadlines (October, November and February).

Eligibility Criteria:  The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates and career changers who:

  • Have majored in and/or have 30 or more college-level credits in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering or math).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2017, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent. (Note: Undergraduate degrees earned outside the U.S. are accepted if an approved credential evaluator declares the degree equivalent to an earned U.S. bachelor’s degree.)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred. (Note: Candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.)

How to Apply: Apply online on the Woodrow Wilson fellowship website.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

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