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.

Featured Internal Awards

Internal awards are scholarships, awards and prizes offered by an academic department, college or university. The University at Buffalo offers institutional and philanthropic scholarships to hundreds of students every year. The new UB Scholarship Portal and the financial aid website will guide you to these 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 A. Schomburg Graduate Fellowship program who are not appointed to a teaching, research or graduate assistantship (i.e., “fully funded” fellows) are required to complete an academic, research or service practicum during the period in which they receive Schomburg Fellowship 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 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 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.

Fully funded fellows must submit a completed Arthur A. Schomburg Academic Practicum Completion Form to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

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 (Sept. 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, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP)

The Graduate Opportunity Program provides tuition assistance to EOP, HEOP and SEEK graduates who are 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 FAFSA and the Office of Financial Aid.

Students in MD, DDS, PharmD or JD programs, should apply for Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study (EDPS) Program funding.

Applications completed by the priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for funding. Applications completed after the priority deadline are considered on a rolling basis, pending available funds.

Priority Deadline: March 1, 2019

Final Deadline: We are no longer accepting funding applications for the 2019-20 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a New York State resident who graduated from an EOP, HEOP or SEEK program.
  • Be entering your first graduate degree.
  • Be admitted to a University at Buffalo graduate degree program as a full-time student.
  • File your FAFSA by March 1.
  • Have a demonstrated exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the Office of Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the online GOP Application.
  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, by March 1, 2019, for priority consideration. Submit completed forms by fax to 716-645-6142, by email to fellowships@buffalo.edu or by mail to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, University at Buffalo, 402 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY, 14260.
  4. Complete and submit the FAFSA application by March 1, 2019, for priority consideration. Even if you are independent and/or married, you must answer all of the questions in the parent information section of the FAFSA to be considered for GOP. Leaving blanks in these sections will exclude you from consideration for GOP funding.

Campus Liaison: Elizabeth Colucci, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Additional Resources: State funding for the GOP program 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 the Office of Financial Aid. Decisions will be made in April; awardees will be notified by email.

Funding Limits

  • GOP tuition scholarships are awarded at the standard in-state graduate tuition rate ($5,543 per semester, as of 2018-19). 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 (DNP, DPT) for up to six semesters; and doctoral students (PhD) for up to eight semesters. Funding is not provided for multiple degrees, for stand-alone certificate programs, or for part-time students.
  • To maintain GOP funding, 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 may result in termination of a student’s award.

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.

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 Aug. 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 Aug. 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 the 75th percentile or above, for that test’s administration

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

WNY Prosperity Fellowship

The WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program assists undergraduate and graduate students at UB and Canisius College with an entrepreneurial drive who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth in the Western New York area. The fellowship program combines financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, with paid, credit-bearing internships to assist fellows in acquiring both academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Fellows are given the opportunity to intern in their chosen fields of interest, where they work alongside and are mentored by leaders in upper-level management. Seeking entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators.

Campus Deadline: March

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to all undergraduate juniors and seniors. (Must be at least junior-level at the commencement of the fellowship period.)
  • Open to graduate students in the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Management, and students pursuing an MBA/dual degree.
  • Only open to U.S. citizens or students holding permanent residency (not intended for international students).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate applicants.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 for graduate applicants.

How to Apply: Apply on the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars website. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation, completed FAFSA, resume and unofficial transcript with application.

Campus Liaison: Hadar Borden, Student Life