Scholarships and Fellowships

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Eligible students can finance the cost of graduate education in a variety of ways. Explore our information and links to learn more about available financing opportunities.

Dean's Scholarship for Educational Diversity and Excellence

The goal of the Dean’s Scholarship for Educational Diversity and Excellence is to improve educational diversity and excellence in GSE by recruiting, enrolling, and retaining talented underrepresented minority students in higher education—in state or out-of-state—and talented international students, through partial tuition scholarship for select students newly admitted to doctoral and master’s programs. Diversity backgrounds include—but are not be limited to—race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and age.

In addition to the diversity background, nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
  • TOEFL (for international applicants): 96 or higher
  • GRE/MAT (if program requires it): GRE Verbal Reasoning, 152; GRE Quantitative Reasoning, 149; GRE Analytical Writing, 3.5; MAT: 392
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one from an academic source)
  • A short essay: In 750-1000 words detailing how the scholarship would benefit them and the career they are preparing for.

Please note these awards are offered to fall semester applicants only on a funds-available basis, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. If you are interested in this scholarship, please be sure to select yes for this question on your application for admission.

Arthur A. Schomburg Graduate 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. SUNY 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. In addition to the diversity background, nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
  • Planned full-time enrollment during the award period
  • A short essay: In 750-1000 words detailing how the scholarship would benefit them and the career they are preparing for.

Please note these awards are offered to fall semester applicants only on a funds-available basis, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. If you are interested in this scholarship, please be sure to select yes for this question on your application for admission.

Master's-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program

The Master's-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program provides students who (a) have achieved academic excellence in their undergraduate studies, (b) are pursuing a master’s degree program in education, and (c) agree to teach for five years in a classroom at a NYS public elementary or secondary school with a full tuition scholarship to a State University of New York (SUNY) college or university.

Eligibility
An applicant must:

  • be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have received an undergraduate degree from a college/university located in NYS and have been a NYS resident while earning this degree;
  • have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher upon completion of his or her undergraduate study;
  • be matriculated in an approved master’s degree in education program at a SUNY college or university which leads to a career as a public elementary or secondary education teacher;
  • be enrolled in such program on a full-time basis and maintain a graduate GPA of 3.5 during the program;
  • not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award; and
  • execute a Service Contract agreeing to teach for five years in a classroom at a public elementary or secondary school, including charter schools, located in NYS.

Award Amount
A recipient will receive an annual award equal to the annual full-time tuition charged to NYS resident students attending a graduate program at SUNY. 

Awards will be reduced by the amount of any other tuition-only assistance award received. Awards will be made under this program based on available funding. A recipient of an award under this program is not eligible for an award under the New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

How to Apply
Complete and submit the NYS Masters-in-Education Program Application. Be sure to print, sign and submit the Application Confirmation along with the required documentation, as indicated in the application instructions. You must also complete a TAP and FASFA application. 

Questions? 
Please contact the Scholarship Unit at scholarships@hesc.ny.gov or 888-697-4372 with any questions regarding this program.

Presidential Fellowship

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

Please note these awards are offered to fall semester applicants only on a funds-available basis, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Taher and Myra Razik International Fellowship

The Taher and Myra Razik International Fellowship (Razik Fellowship) at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) of the State University of New York/University at Buffalo (UB) in the USA, is funded by private donations from the late Professor Emeritus Taher A. Razik and his wife, Myra Razik, with additional support from UB and GSE.

The Razik Fellowship is competitive and selective. There is one fellowship awarded (approximately) every four years. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018–2019 academic year. The candidate selected can commence his/her studies in either the beginning of the fall 2018 semester (August) or the beginning of the spring 2019 semester (January).

In order to qualify for the fellowship, a candidate must be a junior faculty member at a college of education in Egypt. The fellow selected with the agreement of his/her college, takes official leave for up to four years of study in the United States at UB in the GSE Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) to earn a PhD degree. After completing the doctorate, the fellow returns to Egypt, either to rejoin the faculty at his/her college of education or to assume a different leadership position in education.

Funding for Students in Library and Information Studies

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund was established to promote and advance the field of Records and Information Management and related disciplines through study, education and research. This is a two-part program where scholarships are awarded to college students specializing in programs leading to careers in Records and Information Management and grants given to organizations or individuals within the Records and Information Management field. The scholarship amount varies, dependent on the students' curriculum and the courses that qualify under our program.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

Annual awards scholarships are granted to assist individuals in achieving their goal of becoming a law librarian. Minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

When to apply: after acceptance

Given by the American Indian Library Association, it is for American Indian/Alaskan Native students who are enrolled in or have been accepted to and will enroll in a master's degree program in an American Library Association-accredited library school. One scholarship will be awarded in June for the coming academic year. Applications will be accepted beginning in November.

When to apply: after acceptance

The American Library Association’s Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies Division [ALA ASCLA] is recruiting applicants for the tenth annual ASCLA Century Scholarship. ASCLA Century, a $2500 award, is an ASCLA diversity initiative within the ALA Scholarship Program that promotes the entry of individuals with access needs into the library and information science profession.

When to apply: before acceptance

Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

When to apply: before acceptance

Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

When to apply: before acceptance

Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

When to apply: before acceptance

The ALA's Spectrum Initiative scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable $5,000 award paid in two installments directly to the recipient. Recipients must begin a program by the fall semester following the award, funds will be forfeited if enrollment is delayed. Recipients must be enrolled at the time of the second installment, or they will forfeit this portion of the award. Recipients are announced at the ALA Annual Conference in June, two $2,500 installments are awarded in September and January. The Department of Library and Information Studies was the first library school to match scholarships awarded by the ALA's Spectrum Scholarship program: up to $5,000 in ALA funding for up to four students.

When to apply: during program

The Ann Gibson Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association to honor the memory of Ann Gibson, a storyteller, librarian and teacher. You must be currently enrolled in an MLS program, have completed at least 18 credit hours, and are directing your studies toward youth services in a public or school library. Other requirements are specified in a document Scholarship Judging Criteria available at the NYLA web page below.

When to apply: before acceptance

These scholarships are for individuals pursuing a master's or advanced degree in children's librarianship. The applicants must be accepted but must not have begun coursework at a library school accredited by the American Library Association that offers a full range of courses in children's materials and library services to children. A letter from the school indicating the applicant is under consideration will be acceptable to begin the application process.

When to apply: after program

The American Theological Library Association will provide one scholarship for $1,300 to a student from an underrepresented population enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies. These funds are supplied by generous ATLA members who donate to the Scholarships and Grants Annual Fund.

When to apply: before acceptance; after acceptance; during program

The Woolls scholarship is awarded to a student beginning Library and Information Studies at an ALA-accredited school with the intention of pursuing a career in school library media service.

When to apply: after acceptance

The CLA Reference Service Press Fellowship encourages college seniors, college graduates, and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship. Applicants must be a college graduate or college senior accepted to an accredited MLS program. A graduate student already enrolled in an accredited MLS program (part- or full-time) may also apply with no more than eight credits completed by June. Applicants also must be either a California resident in an ALA-accredited library school masters program or a resident of any state planning to attend an accredited library school masters program in California. One fellowship of $3,000 is awarded annually.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

The Chinese American Librarian Association offers the following scholarships to full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's or doctoral program of library and information science at an institution of higher education in North America.

  • CALA Scholarship
  • C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship
  • Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship of Library and Information Science

When to apply: during program; after program

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) offers an annual scholarship for library school students and new professionals to attend ALA's Annual Conference. The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Gordon held dear: intellectual freedom and mentoring. Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies degree program or an AASL-recognized master’s programs in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving a library school degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Scholarship. Note: If the recipient is already registered for ALA’s Annual Conference, he or she will have their conference fee refunded.

The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and per diem expenses. The recipient also will receive a one-year membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

Financial assistance is available for a library school student to attend the annual SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) conference. The purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage involvement with SUNYLA and SUNY Libraries, as well as to provide professional growth opportunities to those entering the profession.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

The New York Black Librarians' Caucus, Inc. announces three (3) $1,000 scholarships for library science students of African descent. Applicants who have been accepted to a program or who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program are encouraged to apply. Applicant must be a resident of New York State. This scholarship will be awarded during the Fall semester.

When to apply: during program; after program

Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. This award was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

When to apply: during program

The Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is accepting applications for the Karen Sternheim Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship is designed to assist a master's degree student in an ALA-accredited library and information studies program planning for a career in special librarianship. The recipient must be a permanent resident of California or Nevada. However, there is no geographic restriction on the school in which the student is enrolled. The amount of the scholarship this year is $3,000.

When to apply: after acceptance

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, offers various scholarships, including two minority scholarships, for the studying the technological aspects of librarianship in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

When to apply: after acceptance

Designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science, the Scholarship consists of a $1,500 honorarium. This scholarship is given yearly by the Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

MLA offers a variety of scholarships and grants to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to take advantage of opportunities for continuing professional development.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

The MLA Scholarship for Minority Students awards up to $5000 to a student who is entering an ALA-accredited library school or has yet to finish at least one half of the program's requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander Americans who wish to study health sciences librarianship are eligible.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

UNYOC offers scholarships to assist library school students who are pursuing or exploring a career in health sciences librarianship. Students must be enrolled in, or working toward, a Masters in Library Science from an accredited college or university in New York State or Ontario. The scholarship monies are intended to offset the cost of a course in a topic related to health sciences librarianship.

When to apply: during program

Miriam Ruth Gutman Braverman (1920-2002) was a socialist, activist librarian and longstanding member of the Progressive Librarians Guild, a founder of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, and a proponent of the social responsibilities perspective. Miriam's spirit of activism and faith in the power of people's collective efforts toward social justice is what the Miriam Braverman Award is intended to foster in future generations of librarians.

The topic of the paper should concern an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, or archival work are also acceptable. Topics could include, but are not limited to, such concerns as professional ethics in the age of the USA PATRIOT Act; information as a commodity; the political value choices of cataloging and indexing; the role of libraries in bridging the information gap; democratic management systems within libraries, etc.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

The Medical Library Association (MLA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) jointly sponsor two scholarships through the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Initiative Scholarship program. This is funded by the National Library of Medicine under NLM Contract NO1-LM- 1-3515 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. The two organizations make a total annual donation of $6,500 each year to support minority students in their goals to become health sciences information professionals. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander individuals attending ALA-accredited library schools are eligible.

When to apply: before acceptance; after acceptance

Awards are made for a minimum of one and a maximum of six academic semesters (24 months). A maximum of $12,000 is awarded for up to two semesters of overseas study, and the total level of support is $30,000 for a combined overseas and domestic program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university within the United States and must study a modern language other than English. Under most circumstances, upon graduation, Boren Fellows must work in the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the intelligence community.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

An applicant must be:

  1. A New England residents who would like to stay and work in the region.
  2. A full- or part-time student who is attending an ALA-accredited school in New England or New York and who is pursuing a Masters degree in Library Science.
  3. Someone with a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

Scholarships recipients will be selected on the basis of their responses to an essay question concerning professional goals and objectives.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program; after program

The North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication." They offer various awards annually related to serials and/or scholarship. To view a complete list of scholarship opportunities, please visit their website.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

One of the stated purposes of the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers (NYALGRO) Records Management Education Scholarship is to encourage students to pursue academic training in the records management field. It will be awarded annually to a student who has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in a Library and/or Information Science graduate degree program in New York State, and who is interested in pursuing a professional position in the records management field.

When to apply: after acceptance

The NYLA-Dewey Scholarship provides financial assistance to enable an interested and deserving student to pursue a Masters Degree in Library Science at an ALA-accredited library school in New York State. The recipient of this award will receive $1000.00 to cover tuition costs and related expenses. In addition, the winner will receive free attendance at the first NYLA Annual Conference to be held after the awarding of the scholarship (this includes ticket to the awards banquet).

When to apply: after acceptance

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of Paul Evan Peters (1947-1996), founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. The fellowship will assist students pursuing graduate studies in the information sciences, librarianship, or closely related field, that advance the frontiers of digital information and technology. Nominees should demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters.

When to apply: during program; after program

The Rittenhouse Award is presented annually for the best unpublished paper (bibliographical, issue or topic based, or report of research results) or Web-based project on health sciences librarianship or medical informatics submitted by a student in an ALA-accredited school of library science or a trainee in an internship in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics. The Rittenhouse Medical Bookstore in Philadelphia, PA, originally established the award in 1967. Now, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. continues the tradition.

When to apply: during program

The Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded annually by Dialog, was established to honor the company's founder, Dr. Roger K. Summit, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science. Applicants must be students enrolled in a library and information science program and must demonstrate outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services. Applicants are judged based on academic achievement, interest in electronic information services, proficiency with Dialog online services, and faculty recommendations. Scholarship awards for the North America region are equivalent to $5000.

When to apply: during program

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce a scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work and enable them to participate in IFLA early in their careers. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad.

When to apply: before acceptance; after acceptance; during program

The Reed scholarship is awarded annually to a student beginning library/information studies in an ALA accredited program.

When to apply: after acceptance; during program

The SEAALL Scholarship for Library School Students is intended to promote interest in the profession of law librarianship among library school students. It will be awarded to a student whom the Scholarship Committee determines has indicated a genuine interest in the profession of law librarianship and is likely to pursue a career in law librarianship.

When to apply: during program

The W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is currently working with government documents in a library and is trying to complete a masters degree in library science. This award, established in 1994, is named after W. David Rozkuszka, former Documents Librarian at Stanford University. The award recipient receives $3,000. The Awards Committee of ALA GODORT welcome applications each year for the David Rozkuska Scholarship. Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference and will be selected by the Awards Committee at Midwinter in January.

Funding for Veterans

There are several educational student benefits available to veterans and their eligible dependents. You may qualify for one or more of the following educational benefit programs:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 30
  • Montgomery Selected Reserve - Chapter 1606
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607
  • Dependents Educational Assistance - Chapter 35
  • Vocational Rehabilitation - Chapter 31

The VA determines your eligibility for educational benefits. Schools cannot determine it. You are responsible for applying for your benefits. In order to qualify for these benefits, you must apply online at gibill.va.gov(Use the GI bill comparison resources to compare benefits and determine which benefit(s) you may qualify for.)

Other National Awards and Scholarships

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.

Other Funding for Students in Our School

Through the generosity of the Graduate School of Education alumni, professor emeriti, faculty, and friends, scholarships have been established to provide support for students enrolled in designated GSE programs. Please note that students cannot apply directly for these scholarships (unless otherwise specified). Nominations for these awards are initiated by faculty members within each department.

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations.