Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

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

Department of Community Health and Health Behavior Scholarships and Awards

CHHB Outstanding Doctoral Achievement Award

This award is presented to (a) doctoral student(s) in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior (CHHB) with great potential for future research and/or practice contributions to the field of public health. CHHB doctoral students who have successfully completed both the written and oral portions of their comprehensive exams are eligible for this award. Students are judged on academic success and the quality of their contributions in research, teaching and service.

Francis V. Hanavan Memorial Fund Award

This annual award honors the late Francis V. Hanavan, former chair of the Department of Health Behavioral Sciences. The award is presented to an MPH student in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior who shows great potential for future contributions in public health. 

Paul T. Wietig Community Service Award

Sponsored by the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, this award is presented to CHHB MPH or PhD students who exemplify accomplishment, commitment to vocation/the profession of public health and service to the community. 

Drs. Sanjit and Jharna Basak Student Assistance Fund

This fund is used to provide support for ancillary expenses to graduate students pursuing their Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. This year’s funds were used to support two students’ attendance at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. 

Dr. Jharna Basak created this fund in 2016 in honor of her late husband, Dr. Sanjit Basak. He was an outstanding physician and community member. While all who knew Dr. Basak can remember his dedication to caring and listening to his patients, the assistance fund will keep alive the many healing qualities that made him such a prominent health care professional.  

Visionary Award

This student assistance fund will support MPH students implementing their vision for important improvements in healthcare delivery, population health, health economics, health behavior, health administration or health-promoting environments. This year the funds were used to support two students’ involvement in the SPHHP’s summer camp for high school students, which introduces racially/ethnically diverse and first generation students to the discipline of public health.

The donor, Dr. Paul Washburn, is a 2016 graduate of the MPH/ Preventive Medicine Residency program. As a student, Paul completed a capstone project that reflected his vision for improving delivery of care in an outpatient setting. Through this gift, he seeks to inspire and guide students who hope to improve the lives of people and the organizations that serve them.

School Wide Scholarships

Scholarships for All Students

Scholarships for Graduate and Professional Students

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.

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.

Undergraduate Research Award - Center for Undergraduate and Research Creative Activities (CURCA)

Awards are granted to University at Buffalo undergraduate students who exhibit a need for funding to perform meaningful research and/or creative activities during their undergraduate enrollment at UB.

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.

Nationally Competitive Awards