The Graduate School

Assistantships, Fellowships and Scholarships


Binghamton University awards hundreds of assistantships every year to graduate students admitted to our master's and doctoral programs. Graduate programs award assistantships and tuition scholarships on a competitive basis, with academic merit as the primary criterion.

Graduate and Teaching Assistantships

Graduate assistantships (GAs) and teaching assistantships (TAs) provide competitive stipends and tuition scholarships in exchange for 10 to 20 hours of work per week during the semester. GAs perform research and/or provide administrative aid within their graduate discipline or for a department or program, while TAs provide classroom support, either by teaching, leading discussion sections, grading work or preparing classroom materials.

Graduate Assistantships in the Graduate School: The Graduate School seeks talented students from a variety of disciplines to serve as GAs in the Graduate School office. Qualified students will gain professional experience and enhance their résumés while earning their degrees. These GAs typically work 20 hours per week and receive stipends. View job descriptions and application information.

Graduate Assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs: The Division of Student Affairs looks for students from a range of fields to serve in positions in offices, centers and departments around the University, such as the Dean of Students office, the Center for Civic Engagement and Campus Recreation. View job descriptions and application information.

Research Project Assistantships

Research project assistants (RPAs) are supported through grant funding. RPAs are normally provided with academic-year (10-month) stipends ranging from $7,000 to $30,000 and may also receive tuition scholarships. RPAs work approximately 15 to 20 hours per week on research. They are offered health and other benefits as SUNY Research Foundation employees. RPAs are selected by graduate programs using the same criteria used for selecting GA and TAs. However, students interested in RPA positions should make contact with faculty members who administer grants.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Binghamton University offers both general and specialized fellowship opportunities. Fellowship recipients are typically provided with academic-year stipends, plus full- or partial-tuition scholarships. While recipients must comply with curriculum and academic program expectations, fellowships carry few or no work requirements.

Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students

The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students, named for Clifford D. Clark, a former president of the University, are designed to support students who contribute to the diversity of the student body. The Clark Fellowship funding package, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, includes an academic-year stipend, a full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, research and travel opportunities and other benefits. Clark Fellows are guaranteed to receive support for a specific period, assuming satisfactory academic progress. Candidates must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
  • Be newly admitted to a graduate program; and
  • Demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program.

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay. Clark Fellows must also be nominated by their departments.

For complete information, visit the Clark Fellowship webpage.

Council/Foundation Award

The Council/Foundation Award for service to the University is the combined award of the Binghamton Council and the Binghamton Foundation presented annually to individuals from the University community. Awards are given -- one each to a faculty member, a staff member, an undergraduate student and a graduate student -- to those who have served the campus with outstanding dedication and who have provided exemplary service and/or leadership to the University. Student recipients receive a $1,000 check and a certificate that will be presented at the President’s Award Luncheon in the spring. Faculty and staff recipients receive a $1,000 check and a certificate at the Excellence Awards Dinner in the fall. Nominations should be submitted with the nomination form with the following additional information:

  • A résumé, curriculum vitae or job description specific to the nominee’s current position.
  • A letter of nomination which speaks to the merits of the nominee (up to two typed pages).
  • A minimum of three and a maximum of five letters of support (up to two typed pages each).

Complete nomination packages should be sent electronically in PDF format to Pam Kollar at

All nominations will remain confidential. If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Pam Kollar at 607-777-5801.

SUNY Opportunity Programs: Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) and Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study (EDPS)

The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) is available to students who were former participants in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) or the Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program. GOP provides partial tuition scholarships to qualified students enrolled in a graduate degree program. The Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study (EDPS) is available to EOP, HEOP or SEEK Program graduates who are entering the PharmD program. 

To apply for GOP or EDPS, complete and submit the Graduate Opportunity Program/Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study Application. Please note that this application should be completed each year.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded State University of New York (SUNY) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program at Binghamton University helps students obtain PhDs by providing financial support to pursue graduate study; faculty mentors to guide students academically and professionally; and a support network of staff to assist them in accomplishing their goals.

For complete information, visit the LSAMP webpage.

Dr. Bhagwan Gajwani Fellowship

The Dr. Bhagwan Gajwani Fellowship, established in 1998 by Dr. Bhagwan Gajwani, aims to promote educational and cultural relationships between Binghamton University and the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda, Gujarat, India, as well as to help students from Dr. Gajwani's homeland develop the expertise and skills to enhance the quality of life for the people of India. The Gajwani Fellowship includes a $10,000 academic-year stipend and a full-tuition scholarship. The fellowship is awarded annually to selected graduates of MSU currently residing in India who haven been admitted into a master's degree program in one of the following fields: business administration, computer science, economics or engineering.

To apply, answer "yes" to the Gajwani Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Gajwani Fellowship Application. You may also e-mail the completed form to the Graduate School at Use a subject line that reads "Gajwani Fellowship Application - [Student's Name]." Include your full name (as you used in the online application), your date of birth, the program to which you applied and the semester in which you expect to start graduate studies at Binghamton University in the body of the message.

Binghamton University Foundation Fellowships

In addition to those fellowships made available through The Graduate School, the Binghamton University Foundation sponsors fellowships that provide full- or partial-tuition scholarships as well as stipends.

Application, selection and notification of fellowships are made through sponsoring departments. Contact your academic department of interest for details.

University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship

Established in 2003 by the University Women's Club, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, second-year female graduate student who demonstrates academic merit and a GPA of at least 3.7. Other criteria considered include overall financial need; a recent or current demonstrated commitment to community service; and a clear vision of intended career goals. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application.

Elizabeth A. Knapp Scholarship for Adult Women

Established in 1985 by colleagues of Elizabeth A. Knapp to honor her 19 years of service to the University, this scholarship assists non-traditional female students with demonstrated financial need who have experienced delays pursuing their education. The scholarship is awarded to women at least 25 years of age  who are admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, with planned enrollment of at least 6 credits per semester.

To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.

Program-Specific Awards

Anthropology: Richard T. Antoun Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology

The Richard Antoun Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology, named for a former professor (1970-2009) of sociocultural anthropology at Binghamton University, is awarded annually based on merit and is designed to support doctoral students in anthropology, preferably in sociocultural anthropology. The Antoun Fellowship funding package includes a stipend, full-tuition scholarship and health insurance.

Candidates for the Antoun Fellowship must be:

  • Admitted to the anthropology doctoral program
  • Eligible for funding by the standard criteria of the Graduate School
  • Making excellent and timely progress toward degree completion

Application required.

To apply, complete and submit either of the following documents by the Department of Anthropology deadline:

Business/Management: Knaphle Scholarship in International Business

Established by Lawrence and Betty Knaphle, this scholarship is awarded to full-time graduate students with academic merit studying international business in the School of Management. International students may be considered.

Recipients chosen by the School of Management.

Business/Management: Joseph '82 and Sharon Yacura Graduate Fellowship

This scholarship provides need-based funding to a first-year graduate student enrolled in the School of Management, with preference given to students of merit from Broome, Chemung, Schuyler or Seneca Counties in New York State.

Recipients chosen by the School of Management.

College of Community and Public Affairs: Fellowships and Scholarships

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Chemistry: K. Keith Innes Summer Research Grant

This grant provides full funding for summer research using spectroscopy in physical chemistry, chemical physics or other fields of chemistry, in this order of preference. The grant is awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional ability, who is not fully funded for summer research and who has received the grant not more than once previously.

Selection is made by the chemistry department chair in conjunction with the physics department chair.

Education: Fellowships and Scholarships

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships, including the Edgar W. Couper and Geraldine S. Weil Memorial Fellowships.  To view the full listing of GSE fellowships and scholarships and other specific details, please visit the GSE website.  

Established in 1993 by family and friends in honor of Marion Clayton Link's lifetime interest in journalism, this endowment provides support for an exemplary graduate student in the creative writing program.

Recipients chosen by the Creative Writing program.

Geography: Budin Assistantship

This assistantship was established by Professor Emeritus Morris and Clara Budin '72 to provide a teaching assistantship and a tuition scholarship for a student studying urban geography and urban planning in the master's program. It is awarded based on academic merit.

Recipients chosen by the Department of Geography.

History: Doctoral Research Grant in History

Established in 1991 by alumnus Barry Kramer '67, '72 this grant is awarded annually to a doctoral student in history to support his or her research or writing activity. The recipient must have demonstrated potential for excellence as a scholar and teacher. The historical significance of the research is also taken into consideration.

Recipients chosen by the Department of History.

History: Joan S. Dubofsky Doctoral Research Grant

Established in 1998 by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Melvyn Dubofsky in memory of his wife, this grant is awarded annually in the spring semester to a doctoral student in history to support his or her research or writing activity. The recipient must have demonstrated potential for excellence as a scholar and teacher.

Recipients chosen by the Department of History.

Humanities: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Fellowships

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) offers two types of graduate student fellowships for PhD students. IASH also works with the New York Council for the Humanities to offer the Graduate Public Humanities Fellowship.

Applications required. See the IASH for details.

Mathematics: Craig Squier Memorial Fellowship

This fellowship was established in 1993 in honor of an outstanding former faculty member of the Mathematical Sciences Department and is awarded to a master's- or doctoral-level student in mathematical sciences.

Recipients chosen the the Department of Mathematics.

Nursing: Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Foundation Doctoral Nursing Fellowship

Established in 1999 to benefit Decker School of Nursing doctoral students, this fellowship is awarded to full-time doctoral students with experience and interest in rural nursing practice who are committed to engaging in dissertation research in the Broome County area. Recipients must have high academic achievement; demonstrated potential for excellence as a scholar, teacher and researcher; and a progressive record of continued development in nursing practice and scholarship.

Application required. See the Decker School of Nursing for details.

Political Science: George L. Hinman Doctoral Fellowship in Public Policy

Established in honor of a former member of the State Board of Regents who was instrumental in the founding of Harpur College, this fellowship is awarded to a doctoral student in political science.

Recipients chosen by the Department of Political Science.

Public Administration: Change Maker Scholarship

The Change Maker Scholarship is an annual merit-based award for beginning, full-time students with outstanding leadership abilities who aspire to create positive change through a management career in the public or nonprofit sector. Depending upon applicant qualifications, students may receive up to a full-tuition scholarship and stipend.

Application required. See the Department of Public Administration for details. 

Translation Studies: Marilyn Gaddis Rose Assistantship in Translation Studies

Established by Distinguished Service Professor Marilyn Gaddis Rose, this assistantship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in translation studies.

Recipients chosen by the Department of Translation Studies.

Go to an overview of financial aid and funding.

Last Updated: 4/6/17