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.
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.
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 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 Financial Aid Office.
The Graduate Opportunity Program is not open to Medical (MD), Dental (DDS), Pharmacy (PharmD) or Law (JD) students. Students in those degree programs should apply for Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study (EDPS) Program funding.
Campus Deadline: March 1, 2019
NOTE: Current UB graduate students who meet the above eligibility requirements may apply for GOP funding in 2018-2019. The GOP eligibility criteria for future years, beginning with 2019-2020, will be limited to newly admitted students who graduated from an EOP, HEOP or SEEK program within the past five years.
How to Apply:
Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships
Additional Resources: State funding to UB for GOP 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 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.
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.
Nominees must also meet at least one of the following academic criteria upon admission:
How to Apply: Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships
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.