CAS Fellowship Opportunities

Please Note: Students may not apply directly to the College of Arts and Sciences for support under these Fellowship programs. Instead, eligible students must be formally nominated by their academic department, program or unit.

Presidential Fellowships

The UB Presidential Fellowship Program is aimed at enhancing UB’s competitiveness in recruiting 23 outstanding PhD students with a top-up amount of $10,000. 


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. The top-up is renewable for up to three additional years as long as the student is full time, in good standing, and holds one of these assistantships.

Nominees must also meet at least one of the following academic criteria upon admission:

  1. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.40 or higher; OR
  2. GRE requirements vary by program. Please visit the website for your department of interest for program-specific admissions information. Department contact information can be found on the list of academic programs

For further information about UB's Presidential Fellowships, please contact your department or program

Schomburg Fellowships

The Schomburg Fellowship program is designed to assist UB in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of students in Doctoral programs who can demonstrate that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Such categorical circumstances may include academic, vocational, social, physical or economic impediments or disadvantaged status that students, as evidenced by their performance as undergraduates, have been able to overcome, or other characteristics that constitute categorical under-representation in their particular graduate program. 


To be eligible for consideration, nominees for support under the Schomburg Fellowship program must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
  2. Accepted as a first-time, full-time student in a qualifying UB graduate degree program for the fall semester in which the fellowship will be initially awarded. Students who begin a program in the spring semester are ineligible.
  3. Pursuing one of the following graduate degrees in CAS at UB: PhD or AuD.
  4. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  5. Able to satisfy the diversity criteria for the program as described above.