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Clifford D. Clark Graduate Fellowship Program for Diversity

Clifford D. Clark Graduate Fellowships are highly competitive fellowships that offered to qualified students who are newly admitted into a graduate program at Binghamton University. Named after a former president of the University (1975-1990) and funded by the State of New York and a small endowment fund, these merit-based fellowships provide a full array of support, including competitive academic year stipends, full tuition scholarships, health insurance, guaranteed award periods, and opportunities for research and travel funding.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and an incoming student planning to enroll full-time during the award period. You also must meet one or more of the following diversity criteria:

  • member of a group historically under-represented in higher education (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Hispanic-American);
  • raised in a single-parent household;
  • first-generation college student;
  • history of overcoming disadvantage.

Although membership in an underrepresented minority/ethnic group is a plus, it does not form the full basis for the awards. Every applicant will be evaluated on his or her own merits. Each applicant's economic situation, as determined through FAFSA, will also be considered. Preference will go to doctoral students.

Fellowship Application and Selection Process

For Applicants


Application Process

  1. Apply to a graduate degree program through The Graduate School.
  2. Indicate your interest in the Clark Fellowship on the online Graduate School application.
  3. E-mail the Clark Fellowship Essay (.pdf) to The Graduate School (gradadmission@binghamton.edu). Applicants should be sure that the email subject line reads "Clark Fellowship Application - [Student's Name]." In the body of the e-mail, include your full name, date of birth, academic program, and semester in which you expect to begin graduate studies at Binghamton.
  4. Graduate Programs will review applications and make recommendations to The Graduate School for admission and Clark Fellowship funding. Applicants must be admitted to the program before they can be nominated for a Clark Fellowship.
  5. The Graduate School will review Clark Fellowship nominations. No later than March 31, The Graduate School will notify the student awardees and graduate programs of the award.

The Clark Fellowship Essay

The Clark Fellowship Essay (max. 500 words) must address how you:

  • have demonstrated a commitment to increasing opportunities for under-represented minorities and/or breaking down stereotypes;
  • will commit to participating fully in all aspects of the fellowship program, including as a mentor and teacher for a wide variety of students; and
  • will contribute to the diversity of the student body in your graduate program.

For Academic Departments


Application Process

  1. Review Clark Fellowship Applications and determine which applicants you will nominate for a fellowship. Applicants must be admitted to the program before they can be nominated for Clark Fellowships.
  2. Submit a Nomination Form for Clark Fellowship in Diversity (.pdf) to The Graduate School. The memorandum requires the Graduate Director to assess the nominee's strengths and weaknesses relative to the graduate program and specify a faculty advisor. If the nominee's application is weak in any area, the Graduate Director must specify how that weakness will be addressed.

Deadlines

Submit nominations to The Graduate School by February 1st (limited portion of awards), or March 1st (remainder of awards).  Given the competitive nature of these awards, early submissions of strong applicants are encouraged. The Graduate School will notify the student awardees and program of the award no later than March 31.

IMPORTANT NOTE

For applicants directly entering a doctoral program with a bachelor's degree, graduate programs must guarantee one semester of support for each year beyond the first year, for a total of four years beyond the first year; and accordingly doctoral students are only eligible for one Clark-funded semester per year during the 2nd through 5th years.

For doctoral applicants entering with a master's degree, graduate programs must guarantee one semester of support for each year beyond the first year, for a total of two years beyond the first year; and accordingly doctoral students are only eligible for one Clark-funded semester per year during the 2nd through 3rd years.

Some graduate programs have additional limitations on funding, such as limiting all graduate students to four years of funding; in such cases, the graduate program limitations apply. Graduate programs may provide more than one semester of support for each year after the first year, but graduate programs cannot rollover an unused Clark-funded semester to another year. Master's programs must guarantee one semester of support beyond the first year.

Support Details

Stipend: Fellowship stipends are competitive against national benchmarks from other doctoral institutions. Stipend levels vary by academic discipline.

Tuition Scholarships: Awardees will receive full tuition scholarships, though tuition will only be paid at the in-state rate after the first year. As a result, awardees must establish New York State residency as soon as they arrive on campus.

Guaranteed Award Periods: As long as awardees make satisfactory progress toward their degrees, they are guaranteed stipends and tuition scholarship for a specific period. Fellows entering PhD programs with a bachelor's degree will receive up to five years of support; fellows entering PhD programs with a master's degree will receive up to three years of support; and fellows entering master's programs with a bachelor's degree will receive up to two years of support.

Other Benefits: Awardees will receive student health insurance at no extra charge during the first year. After that, awardees can enroll in an optional plan at a subsidized rate and receive reduced on-campus parking rates.

Research and Travel Opportunities: Travel funding for research purposes or participation in professional conferences is available on a competitive basis. Summer stipends may also be available. To apply, awardees should click here.

Professional Experience: The Clark Fellowship is designed to give students as enriching a graduate experience as possible. Clark Fellows will not be required to complete any duties their first year—their task will be to get grounded in their programs. During subsequent years, awardees will be appointed as TAs, GAs or RPAs at half the normal workload in order to develop professional skills that will help distinguish them on the job market. Usually, this means they will have a full teaching or research assistantship one semester and a full fellowship for the other semester.

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Last Updated: 12/20/13