Scholarships and Fellowships

Eligible students can finance the cost of graduate education in a variety of ways. Learn more about available financing opportunities below:

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 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 Scholarships for Continuing Students in the Graduate School of Education

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