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Funding Opportunities

Graduate assistantships are available through various academic and administrative departments on campus. Duties vary according to position, but traditionally consist of non-teaching functions such as grading papers, monitoring exams, assisting in administrative assignments, or participating in research projects.

Current Assistantships

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Awards

Awards may include an in-state tuition scholarship (up to 9 credit hours per fall and spring semesters), a stipend, a meal plan, and housing. Assignments range from 10 to 20 hours per week and may provide stipends from $2,500 to $6,000 per academic year. Stipends and/or tuition scholarships cover in-state tuition only; it is the student's responsibility to pay and additional costs and all college fees and are subject to the college's financial liability schedule.

Graduate assistants must complete a Tuition Scholarship Award Application for each semester funding is sought.

Eligibility

Applicants must be accepted into a graduate program as a matriculated student. There is usually an application process for each assistantship position. Check with the department offering the position to determine the process and requirements.

Additional Employment Opportunities

The Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program is a SUNY-wide initiative that offers fellowships to students who have been admitted to graduate or professional study. This program is intended to assist in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of students in doctoral and master’s level programs who can demonstrate that they contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can show that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.  

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have earned, by the time of enrollment, a baccalaureate degree granted by an accredited U.S. College or university, or an international university of recognized standing.
  • Be a U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status.
  • Must demonstrate that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body in the program for which they are applying, including by having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to succeed in higher education.
  • Accepted and registered as a matriculated in a graduate (master's degree) student.
  • Applying for other financial aid programs that may be available to them through other sources. This allows the college to maximize funds available under the fellowship program.

Awards

Students who are awarded a SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship may receive a tuition scholarship and/or a stipend during their continuous registration as a master's degree candidate. 

  • Up to fifteen (15) graduate credit hours of tuition may be funded each fall and spring semester.  The tuition amount will be adjusted for in-state tuition. It is the student's responsibility to pay all college fees.  
  • Fellows must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA each semester to receive funding.
  • Students who have been awarded a Fellowship must complete a Tuition Scholarship Award Application to apply for the tuition scholarship each semester funding is needed.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online Fellowship Application.  
  2. Submit the names of two recommenders who can address your academic ability and worthiness of this award.  
  3. Submit a brief statement of how you can demonstrate that you will contribute to the diversity of the student body in your program or school, primarily by demonstrating that you have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.  
  4. Confirm receipt of your online application, statement, and letters of recommendation to the online portal by the appropriate application deadline.

    Application Deadlines
    Fall semester: July 1
    Spring semester: November 1

  5. Completed applications will be reviewed by their academic department. Applicants who receive a nomination of their department will be sent to our office for final review.

GSA Funding

Buffalo State graduate students can apply for funding to present academic papers, travel to conferences for particular purposes, or conduct research. 

Students must document their participation and request funding through their department chair and academic dean. As funding for the full amount needed for travel may not be available, students should be prepared to fund part of their trip themselves.  

Buffalo State encourages students to seek funding assistance through the Graduate Student Association.  The GSA requires that requests involving travel must be made at least six weeks prior to the trip.

The State University of New York's Graduate Tuition Scholarship Opportunity Program may provide disadvantaged graduate students with tuition support when they are matriculated in a graduate program.

Awards

Students who are awarded an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) tuition scholarship may receive a tuition scholarship each semester through master's degree completion.

  • It is the student's responsibility to pay all college fees and mandatory student health insurance
  • The scholarship is available for the fall and spring semesters only.
  • EOP scholars must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA each semester to continue to receive funding.
  • EOP scholars must complete a Tuition Scholarship Award Application to apply for the tuition scholarship each semester funding is sought.

Eligibility

Applicants must be

  • Graduates of SUNY's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) or of the City University of New York's Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program, or the Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP). Certification of participation by the campus administering the undergraduate program is required.
  • New York State residents.
  • Matriculated students in both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Pursuing their first master's degree. Students pursuing a second master's degree are not eligible for the EOP scholarship.

How to Apply

Complete the Certification of Participation in EOP/SEEK/HEOP form as part of your online application. Once verification is received from your degree granting undergraduate institution, your application fee will be waived. Information about applying for a scholarship will be sent to you upon this verification.