Funding Opportunities


How to Apply

  1. Print and complete the Fellowship Application Form (.pdf) or obtain one from the Graduate School.
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation addressing your academic ability.
  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 hihger education.
  4. Submit a statement of professional interests and career goals.
  5. Submit your application, statement, and letters of recommendation to the Graduate School by the appropriate application deadline.

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

Students who are awarded a SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship will receive a full tuition scholarship (9 graduate credit hours per semester) and a stipend for three semesters in which they are enrolled for full-time graduate coursework. 

  • Up to fifteen (15) graduate credit hours of tuition are funded each fall and spring semester; it is the student's responsibility to pay all college fees and mandatory student health insurance.
  •  The stipend amount is determined annually (currently $3,500 per semester) and is subject to a spending plan developed by the SUNY vice chancellor for student affairs and special programs.
  • Fellows must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA each semester to continue to receive funding.
  • Fellows must complete a Tuition Scholarship Award Application (pdf) to apply for the tuition scholarship each semester funding is needed.

Applicants must be:

  • 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 as matriculated, full-time students (registering for 9 graduate credits each semester) in a graduate program.
  • Pursuing their first master's degree. Students pursuing a second master's degree are not eligible for the fellowship.
  • 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.