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