Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program

Pursuant to appropriations contained within the New York State Budget, the State University of New York offers graduate fellowships to students who have been admitted to graduate or professional study and who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the graduate or professional program in which enrollment is sought. In awarding scholarships, programs may give consideration to students who are of a race or ethnicity that is under-represented in its graduate and professional programs but may not make awards solely on that basis.

To be eligible, applicants must be (1) U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status, and (2) must demonstrate how they will 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 success in higher education. Economic disadvantage, although not a requirement, may be the basis for eligibility under this category. Membership in a racial/ethnic group that is under-represented in the graduate or professional program involved may serve as a plus factor in making awards, but may not form the sole basis of such an award and every student applicant shall be evaluated on his or her own merits.

A maximum $10,000 per academic year may be awarded to a recipient enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per semester; awards for students who enroll in less than 9 credits may be prorated per credit. Awards may be used for course work completed during summer or other special sessions at the discretion of the Graduate Studies Office.

Application instructions and further details may be found at Interested applicants may also call the Graduate Studies Office at (716) 673-3808 or email