Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Our scholarship, fellowship and award opportunities can provide financial support.

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Department of Biostatistics Awards

Richard N. Schmidt Award for Outstanding PhD Student
This fund was established in honor of Richard Schmidt, professor emeritus in the Department of Biostatistics, and the vital role he has played in ensuring the ongoing success of the department and its students. The award is given annually to recognize academic excellence, as reflected by PhD qualifying exam scores and classroom performance in core courses of the PhD curriculum. Learn more.

Sidney Addelman Master's Award
This award was established with an endowment from the former Department of Statistics in the name of former faculty member Sidney Addelman, PhD. The award is given annually to recognize academic excellence, as reflected by master’s comprehensive exam scores and classroom performance in core courses of the master’s curriculum. Learn more.

M. Mahamunulu Desu Outstanding Student Paper Award

The M. Mahumunulu Desu Outstanding Student Paper Award is given yearly by the Department of Biostatistics in recognition of M. M. Desu, PhD, who has maintained a distinguished research, teaching and service record in UB's Department of Biostatistics (formerly Statistics). Desu is particularly well-known in the area of rank-based/nonparametric methods. He has been affiliated with the University at Buffalo for well over 45 years and currently serves as professor emeritus.

To be eligible for the M. Mahumunulu Desu Outstanding Student Paper Award, the candidate must have been a full-time graduate student (master's or PhD). The candidate must have made significant contributions to the paper, and the advisor or other co-author will need to write a letter stating that the candidate had a primary role in the research and write-up. Send nominations packets (paper and letter of nomination) to Gregory Wilding, PhD at

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School of Public Health and Health Professions Scholarships and Awards

The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) offers stipends and tuition scholarships to students who have been admitted to a Masters level graduate program or the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, who will be enrolled on a full-time basis, and who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the graduate or professional program in which they will be enrolled.

Stipend enhancement awards may also be available for students applying to PhD programs.

Students who will contribute to the diversity of their program and their field based on race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, or first-generation status are encouraged to apply for these awards. Students who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education are especially encouraged to nominate themselves.

Students apply for a diversity award when applying for admission to the program of their choice. However, information shared in the diversity award application is not used for admission decisions. 

Art Goshin Global Health Field Work Awards

The Office of Global Health Initiatives offers funding for UB School of Public Health and Health Professions' students interested in interacting with programs implementing public health initiatives and services in resource-poor settings. Graduate students enrolled in SPHHP programs are eligible for international awards. This international experience will be carried out under the agreement and supervision of an SPHHP faculty member.

University at Buffalo Awards and Fellowships

University Wide Awards and Fellowships

Check with your department for details regarding these university wide awards and fellowships.

Alumni Celebration of Excellence Dinner Award for Graduate Students

This award recognizes the PhD student with the highest GPA. Nomination is completed through a verbal recommendation to the Assistant to the Dean.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

The Robert G. Porter Scholars Program is funded through The American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Programs are available for both UUP bargaining unit members and their dependents.

Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship

Sponsored by New York State, this fellowship offers support for historically underrepresented students in graduate programs across the university. Schomburg Fellows participate in conferences and seminars and present papers in their respective disciplines. Learn more about the Schomburg Fellowship eligibility and nomination requirements. No funding currently available for 2017-2018.

Community for Global Health Equity Fieldwork Award

This award supports students from all decanal units and departments at UB by organizing and supporting international fieldwork opportunities in collaboration with partner organizations around the world.

Excellence in Teaching Awards for Graduate Teaching Assistants

This award recognizes a full-time graduate student involved in teaching who demonstrates superb and creative performance in the classroom, evidence of mentorship and sets high academic standards.

Graduate Opportunity Program

The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP; formerly GEOP) provides tuition scholarships to graduates of certified Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP); and CUNY Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) programs within New York State who wish to pursue further education at the graduate level on a full-time basis (12 credits each semester). All disciplines are eligible. The GEOP receives a limited amount of funding each year. Therefore, tuition scholarships are not guaranteed to all students who apply.

Visit the UB Graduate School for more information.

Harold Burton Study Abroad Assistance Award for Global Health

This award supports undergraduate students enrolled in a health related major who have been accepted into a study abroad program related to Global Health. Preference is given to students participating in course PUB 211LD Behavior Driven Disease: A Global Epidemic in Jamaica.

Graduate Student Association’s Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant

UB’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides grants to graduate students for research expenses related to their thesis or dissertation. PhD students may apply for up to $2,500, and master's students for up to $1,500. Applicants should be in the latter stages of research. Learn more and apply for the Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant. UB’s GSA also provides funding to assist graduate students in presenting and attending conferences.

Maureen R. L. Mussenden Scholarship for First Generation Students

The Maureen R. L. Mussenden Scholarship has been established to honor the professional and personal values she espoused, and to help support the education of students pursuing a graduate degree in one of the five UB health sciences schools, including the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Mussenden, associate counsel in UB’s SUNY Office of University Counsel, died in 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Information about applying for this award is circulated directly to students.

Provost Scholarship

High-achieving freshmen are considered for Provost Scholarships. Award amounts are based on academic merit and cost of attendance. No additional application is needed. These scholarships are renewable for either two or four years for students who maintain continuing eligibility requirements.

University at Buffalo Presidential Fellowship

This fellowship is aimed at recruiting outstanding graduate students. Students are considered for this award at the time of admission; there is no additional application required. To be eligible, a nominee must be a new applicant to a PhD program with at least one of the following:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher; or
  2. 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
  3. 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 worldwide on Aug. 1, 2011), and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing component of that test; or
  4. A score on the relevant GRE Subject Test in the 75th percentile or higher.

Consistent with ETS/GRE policies on score reporting, GRE scores used to satisfy eligibility criterions above must have been obtained within the most recent 5 year period.

United University Professions (UUP) Steve Street Award

The UUP Steve Street Award is given to an undergraduate student or group of undergraduate students currently enrolled at a SUNY campus who have created any paper or documented any project related to social justice issues or topics.