Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarships and fellowships 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 scholarships and fellowships 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.

Featured Internal Awards

Internal awards are awards that are offered by your academic department, college or university. The University at Buffalo offers many in-house scholarships to enhance a student's education. Many degree programs have their own scholarship funds. Please contact your academic department for more information on departmental opportunities.

Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program

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:

  • The fellow's academic program requires all students (whether Schomburg fellows or not) to undertake specified coursework during the initial or concluding summer term of the program consistent with the approved/registered curriculum.
  • The fellow needs summer support in order to complete his/her degree program by the end of that summer term. The expectation is that the student will graduate at the end of the summer in question (September 1 degree conferral). Note that fellows receiving summer support under this criterion will NOT be eligible for any further Schomburg fellowship funding beyond the "concluding" summer in which such support is received.
  • Completion of required clinical component(s) of the program during the summer will enable the student to finish the degree program a semester early.

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

Clifford C. Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award*

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:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, including transfer work.
  • Currently in fourth year of study (either graduating with a bachelors degree or be in the fourth year of a 3-2 program).
  • Nominees in 3-2 programs must be committed to an additional graduate degree, following the completion of the 3-2 program.
  • Nominees must be committed to continuing their education through full-time graduate study.

How to Apply: Students cannot apply, they must be nominated by a coach.

Campus Liaison: Rashidi Greene

Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP)

The Graduate Opportunity Program provides tuition assistance to EOP, HEOP and SEEK graduates undertaking graduate study at a participating SUNY Institutions. The University at Buffalo is a participating institution.

Campus Deadline: TBD

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be eligible to apply for GOP assistance, a student must have received funding through a certified New York State EOP, HEOP or SEEK program as an undergraduate and must be accepted into a graduate degree program at UB as a full-time student.

How to Apply:

Applications for 2018-2019 will become available January 2, 2018.

  1. Complete the online GOP Application (after January 2, 2018).
  2. Complete the GOP Certification form and obtain the required verification from the director of the EOP/HEOP/SEEK program at your undergraduate institution.
  3. Return the GOP Certification form with required signatures to the Graduate School, 409 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14261, or by fax to 716-645-6142

Selection Process: Applications are reviewed by UB committee and tuition scholarships are awarded based on a combination of distribution of awards across disciplines at UB and the student’s academic merit.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci

Additional Resources: State funding to UB for GOP is extremely limited. Awards are not guaranteed for all who apply. If there is not enough funding for all applicants, scholarships are awarded based on distribution of awards across academic disciplines at UB and the student’s previous academic record. Decisions will be made in mid-July; awardees will be notified by email.

Funding Limits

  • GOP tuition scholarships are awarded at the standard in-state graduate tuition rate ($5,435 per semester as of AY 2016-2017). The student is responsible for any tuition cost in excess of that amount, as well as for the student fees associated with enrollment.
  • Funding is provided only for the minimum number of credit hours required to complete a degree program. Master’s students may be considered for up to four semesters of funding; professional students (PharmD, JD, DPT) for up to six semesters; and doctoral students (PhD) for up to eight semesters. Funding is not provided for multiple degrees at the same level (e.g., two master’s degrees), for stand-alone certificate programs or for part-time students.
  • To maintain a GOP award, students must continue to register full-time (or be certified full-time), obtain a 3.0 GPA each semester and complete classes in a timely manner. Failure to meet these requirements could result in termination of a student’s award.

Graduate Tuition Scholarship

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.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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:

  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.40 or higher; or
  • A combined score of 1,270 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the “old” GRE General Test (the version offered prior to August 1, 2011) and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing component of that test; or
  • A combined score of 313 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the revised/new version of the GRE General Test (that was introduced world-wide on August 1, 2011) and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing component of that test; or
  • A score on the relevant GRE Subject Test that is at, or above, 75th percentile for that test’s administration.

Additional Resources:

Presidential Fellowships

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:

  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.40 or higher; OR
  • A combined score of 1,270 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the “old” GRE General Test (the version offered prior to August 1, 2011) and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing component of that test; OR
  • A combined score of 313 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the revised/new version of the GRE General Test (that was introduced world-wide on August 1, 2011) and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing component of that test; OR
  • A score on the relevant GRE Subject Test that is at, or above, 75th percentile for that test’s administration

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