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Harvard University - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Offering coursework and training leading to an AM in medical anthropology and the PhD in archaeology and social anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is one of the world’s leading institutions for anthropological research. Our PhD programs provide in-depth conceptual and methodological training in archaeology and social anthropology , with faculty whose work covers every time period from the Paleolithic to the present and every major world area. The department also offers an AM in medical anthropology .

You will have the unique opportunity to work with a world-renowned faculty that has a long tradition of foundational research across nearly every continent. You will have access to a wide range of resources including the Harvard Medical School, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, various area centers like the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Korea Institute, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Center, and Weatherhead Center of International Affairs. You will also have access to extensive archaeological and anthropological collections of the Peabody Museum, an important resource for both research and teaching.

Projects students have worked on include “Archaeology of the 19th and 20th Century Chinese Labor Migrants,” “Zooarchaeology in Ancient Mesopotamia,” and “Mass Media in Indonesia.” Our PhDs are now on the anthropology faculties at some of the top universities in the world. Others have secured positions with Facebook, the World Bank, and various museums.

Additional information on the graduate program is available from the Department of Anthropology and requirements for the degree are detailed in GSAS Policies .

Admissions Requirements

Please review GSAS admissions requirements and other information before applying. You can find degree program-specific admissions requirements below and access additional guidance on applying from the Department of Anthropology .

Academic Background

Previous concentration in anthropology is not required, however, applicants must be able to clearly state their interests in anthropology and demonstrate familiarity with intellectual issues in current anthropological theory and method.

Writing Sample

For PhD applicants, a writing sample is required as part of the application and can be a term paper or thesis and no longer than 20 pages (double-spaced), not including bibliography. Do not submit a longer sample with instructions to read a particular section. Applicants should select an example of their best academic writing that demonstrates their capacity for rigorous analysis and independent work. It is not essential that the writing sample be directly related to the topics or areas that you are proposing to study in the future.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should demonstrate a geographic, cultural region and/or a particular topical or theoretical interest in anthropology. Language skills related to an applicant’s intended area or areas of specialization should be explained in the statement of purpose.

Theses & Dissertations

Anthropology faculty.

Test Name Past Dissertation Defense

Graduate Program

The Department of Anthropology graduate degree programs include the following:

Graduate training in Anthropology at Stanford is designed for students who seek the Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Eligible Ph.D. students from other disciplines at Stanford University may also pursue a Ph.D. Minor in Anthropology.

In addition, graduate training in Anthropology is also designed for students who seek the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The M.A. program offers the following options for current Stanford students who seek a M.A. degree in Anthropology:

The Coterminal Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and M.A. degree in Anthropology is for current Stanford undergraduates seeking to obtain a M.A. degree while completing their B.A. degree in the same or different department.

The Terminal M.A. degree in Anthropology is for Stanford graduate students, taking advanced degrees in other disciplines at Stanford as well as for current Anthropology Ph.D. students at Stanford University, who fulfill the M.A. degree requirements for the M.A. ‘on the way to the Ph.D.’

Over 1,500  doctoral dissertations  have been completed in the department since 1895.  Anthropology alumni pursue successful careers in teaching, research, or non-academic careers in the United States and worldwide.

Dissertations submitted in Anthropology at Stanford University:

Doctoral Program in Anthropology  

Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences  

Doctoral Program in Cultural and Social Anthropology  

Doctoral Program in Sociology and Anthropology  

The evolution of Anthropology at Stanford University:

Department of Anthropology (2009-present) Read More: Stanford Magazine  and Stanford News

Department of Anthropological Sciences  (1999-2008)

Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology  (1999-2008)

Department of Anthropology (1957-1998) Read More: Stanford Magazine  and Stanford News

Department of Sociology and Anthropology  (1949-1956)

Beyond the Classroom

In close collaboration with Stanford  faculty members  and  department leadership , our graduate students organize number of event series that contribute to the department's intellectual life and community.  The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) representatives act as a liaison between the department leadership and the graduate student body, actively participating in department issues, and providing a supportive community for the first-year Ph.D. student cohort as well as other for other Ph.D. and M.A. graduate students. Graduate students also engage with unique research, curricular, and professionalization activities. 

Fields of Study

Our graduate s tudents may choose from the following Department tracks: 1) Archaeology; 2) Culture and Society.  Students work closely with faculty members who are engaged in research informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives from political to spiritual. Subfields in Archeology include: cities, gender and sexuality, and materiality. Students interested in Culture and Society can focus on a wide range of issues such as: linguistic anthropology, culture and mind, medical anthropology, and global political economy.   Explore each Research Area and its faculty .

The Anthropology Department offers 5 years of financial support to Ph.D. students.  No funding is offered for student enrolled in the co-terminal and terminal M.A. programs.

Join dozens of  Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences students  who gain valuable leadership skills in a multidisciplinary, multicultural community as  Knight-Hennessy Scholars  (KHS). As a scholar, students join a distinguished cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of Doctoral studies at Stanford. The KHS application deadline is October 12, 2022. Learn more about  KHS admission .

How to Apply

Please review admissions for policies and requirements for each degree program by visiting the specific degree program page listed above. Please also consider reviewing the Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences'  Guide on Getting into Grad School  to explore which graduate program may best suit your interest, what graduate committees look for, and the benefits and challenges for pursuing a graduate degree.

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In addition to the opportunities below, you can find fellowship offerings, sorted by their deadlines, on the Anthropology News calendar . 

International Grants and Fellowships

AAA Fellowships

Dissertation Fellowship for Historically Underrepresented Persons in Anthropology

AAA Leadership Fellows Program

Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Provides opportunities for foreign scholars to conduct research and relative activities in Germany. Offers fellowships and grants.

American Academy in Rome Rome Prize fellowships are designed for emerging artists and for scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers. In the case of scholars, preference will be given to applicants for whom research time in Italy, and especially in the city of Rome, is essential, and who have not had extensive prior experience there.

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) TAARII (formerly the American Association for Research in Baghdad, AARB) has been established to promote scholarly research on and in Iraq, ancient Mesopotamia. The Institute, a consortium of American universities and museums, intends to establish a multidisciplinary American scholarly research center in Iraq when conditions permit. TAARII offers fellowships.

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) ACMS is a non-profit educational organization that supports the development of Mongolian Studies and academic exchanges with Inner Asia. The Center offers fellowships for students and faculty.

The American Center of Research (ACOR) Research Fellowships have been the primary means of accomplishing ACOR's mission to promote academic awareness and research about ancient and modern Jordan and the Middle East. Through fellowships, ACOR has provided numerous educational opportunities for American and other international senior and junior scholars.

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) The organization's aim is encouraging the study of the culture, society, land, languages, health, peoples and history of Afghanistan. It will be especially concerned with increasing the numbers of scholars in the United States who have expertise in, and understanding of Afghanistan, and to assist in the rebuilding of academic institutions and the advanced study of Afghanistan by Afghan scholars. AIAS offers fellowships and student paper prizes.

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) AIBS's mission is to improve the scholarly understanding of Bangladesh culture and society in the United States and to promote educational exchange between the U.S. and Bangladesh. By sending undergraduate and graduate students as well as senior scholars to Bangladesh, AIBS also promote a better understanding of America in Bangladesh. The AIBS supports three types of Fellowship: Senior, Junior, and Pre-Dissertation. All are intended for research in Bangladesh for a minimum of four months and a maximum of ten to twelve months.

American Institute of Indian Studies A cooperative, non-profit organization of seventy-eight American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people and culture.

The American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) AIIrS seeks to support the advancement of knowledge and understanding of Iran and Iranian culture and civilization from the earliest periods to the present.  The Institute’s purview comprises the historical Iranian world of Central Asia, the Middle East and South Asia as well as the modern political state of Iran.  The Institute also works with Iranian humanists and social scientists to promote and facilitate their research in the United States. AIIrS offers fellowships.

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) In the United States, AIMS serves as the professional association of scholars interested in the region. AIMS sponsors the Journal of North African Studies (JNAS), published by Francis and Taylor, provides grants for American and North African scholars interested in conducting research in the Maghrib, hosts an annual conference and dissertation workshop, and supports the Tangier Summer Advanced Arabic Language Program (TSALP).

The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies The purpose of the institute is to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and foster research on Sri Lanka. AISLS offers fellowships and travel stipends.

American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Graduate School

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is a leader in the education and training of young scientists in the natural history disciplines represented in this institution. Our fellowship programs provide training in the fields of anthropology, invertebrate zoology, paleontology (paleo-zoology), physical sciences (astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences), and vertebrate zoology.

The American Research Center in Egypt In addition to providing administrative support and a reliable base for a wide array of expeditions and scholarly research taking place in Egypt, ARCE also provides funding, in the form of grants, for a significant number of research and conservation projects each year.

Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) PARC’s mission is to improve scholarship about Palestinian affairs, expand the pool of experts knowledgeable about the Palestinians, and strengthen linkages among Palestinian, American, and foreign research institutions and scholars. PARC offers fellowships

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) ARIT is dedicated to promoting North American and Turkish research and exchanges related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. ARIT provides support for these scholarly endeavors by maintaining research centers in Istanbul and Ankara, and by administering programs of fellowships to support research in Turkey at doctoral and advanced research levels.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Archaeological Institute of America  

The AIA offers six fellowships for travel and study to deserving scholars. Fellowships are open to members of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University The Center’s Residential Fellows program awards academic year residential fellowships for about 45 scholars who form a cohesive and diverse intellectual community. Fellows enjoy time and freedom to pursue their priority research, and more importantly, to expand their horizons in active engagement with their Center colleagues.

Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) CKS has sought to provide fellowships for students and scholars as a way to promote research and international scholarly exchange on Cambodia and the Mekong region, among the international community of scholars and their Cambodian colleagues.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers American Overseas Research Centers foster international scholarly exchange, primarily through sponsorship of fellowship programs which allow pre-doctoral and senior scholars to pursue independent research important to the increase of knowledge and to our understanding of foreign cultures.

The Council for European Studies (CES) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship The CES funds two months' travel to Europe for eligible graduate students to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe. Each fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe , a bi-yearly journal of the Council for European Studies, and other professional development activities. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship The CES invites eligible graduate students to apply for the 2013 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies.  Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees, and participation in several professional development activities. 

Fulbright Scholar Programs Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. It is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States The German Marshall Fund has brought Americans and Europeans together to increase understanding and to build future transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities.  GMF works closely with partner organizations to sponsor a range of fellowship and exchange programs designed to provide both broad cultural exposure and more targeted opportunities for learning about specialized policy areas.

International Research & Exchanges (IREX) IREX sponsors a broad range of fellowship opportunities for masters, predoctoral, and postdoctoral research, as well as for senior scholars, professionals, and policymakers.

The Italian Academy The Fellowship Program at the Italian Academy focuses on issues relating to cultural identity, cultural transmission, and cultural memory. It has a twofold aim: to sustain the vitality of the many aspects of culture that are endangered by globalization, and to forge genuinely new links between the arts, the sciences and the social sciences. Approximately 18 Fellowships will be awarded every year.

The Jacobs Research Funds The Jacobs Research Fund, hosted by the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham, Washington, provides grants for anthropological and linguistic research on Native American peoples.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University The fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.

Rhodes Scholarships American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year representing the fifty states. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly nominated a successful applicant.

Richard Gilder Graduate School At the American Museum of Natural History The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is a leader in the education and training of young scientists in the natural history disciplines represented in this institution. Our fellowship programs provide training in the fields of anthropology, invertebrate zoology, paleontology (paleo-zoology), physical sciences (astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences), and vertebrate zoology.

Social Science Research Council SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship. These programs often target the spaces between disciplines, where new perspectives emerge and struggle for acceptance, thus ensuring the production of knowledge and expertise on key topics, regions, and social challenges.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research The Foundation supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation and to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology. The Foundation provides a variety of grants to support individual research, collaborative projects, conferences and training fellowships. 

National Fellowships

AAA Dissertation Fellowship for Historically Underrepresented Persons in Anthropology  The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a dissertation writing fellowship.

Advertising Educational Foundation Offers annual two-week fellowships. Participants are hosted by advertising agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City. The purpose is to expose professors to the day-to-day operations of an advertising agency, marketing or media company; and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

American Association for the Advancement of Science For over three decades the AAAS Science & Technology Fellowships have provided scientists and engineers with unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm, while learning first-hand about establishing and implementing policy.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Early Career Fellowship (1) The fellowship assists graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure or shortly thereafter.

Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Early Career Fellowships (2) This is the second stage of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program, which provides support for young scholars.

Archaeological Institute of America

Boise State Graduate Student Assistance Anthropology MA and MAA graduate students have several funding opportunities available to them.

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

The BPW Foundation established the Career Advancement Scholarship Program in 1969 to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged women seeking to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their careers, or are soon to enter or re-enter the workforce.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.

Dumbarton Oaks   Dumbarton Oaks offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine Studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian Studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape Studies.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs   The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields, except the performing arts. Fellowships are not available for students.

Kellogg Institute for International Studies University of Notre Dame The program offers time and resources to focus on a research project and move it forward in an intellectually stimulating and comfortable environment. The fellowships are open to candidates from the US and abroad who hold a PhD or equivalent degree in a social science discipline or history (exceptions made), distinguished senior candidates who do not hold a PhD, and advanced graduate students who will complete their PhD before beginning the fellowship.

Leakey Foundation The Leakey Foundation was formed to foster research into human origins. Recent priorities include research into the environment, archeology, and human paleontology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene; the behavior, morphology, and ecology of the great apes and other primate species; and the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter-gatherers. Other areas of study have been funded occasionally.

National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) NHGRI solicits grant applications that relate to its scientific priorities and research interests. NHGRI welcomes innovative research proposals and encourages investigators with novel ideas to discuss potential applications with program staff and submit these applications for competitive review. Investigator-initiated research proposals follow the NIH standard schedule [grants.nih.gov] for submission, review and award.

National Endowment for the Humanities NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

The National Humanities Center The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Privately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center was planned under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began operation in 1978. Outstanding scholars from across the United States and more than thirty other nations have been awarded fellowships for advanced study at the National Humanities Center.

National Institute on Aging Supports basic social and behavioral research and research training on the aging processes and the place of older people in society.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation An independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts two privately  financed, annual competitions for high school students, entered by taking PSAT/NMSQT.

National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

The Newberry Library Long-term fellowships These grants support individual research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities, including a biweekly fellows’ seminar. Short-term fellowships These fellowships provide access to the Newberry’s collection for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars.

School for Advanced Research The School for Advanced Research provides a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression.

Society for American Archaeology The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans

Spencer Foundation Believe that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students’ lives and enrich society. The Foundation pursues its mission by awarding research grants and fellowships and by strengthening the connections among education research, policy and practice through the Spencer Forum.

U.S. Institute of Peace

Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship The Jennings Randolph (JR) Program for International Peace awards approximately ten residential Senior Fellowships each year for outstanding scholars, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals to conduct research on peace, conflict and international security in Washington D.C. Applications are due on September 8.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research The Foundation supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation and to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology. The Foundation provides a variety of grants to support individual research, collaborative projects, conferences and training fellowships.

Anthropology-News.org Calendar . Post conference announcements, calls for papers, and other events of interest to the anthropological community. Send event information to [email protected]

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.  View job descriptions and application information.

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 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Division of Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeks talented students from a range of fields to serve in positions in its administrative office, centers and departments, such as the Multicultural Resource Center, Q Center and Udiversity Educational Institute. 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:

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Application Form available on your application status page. 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 electronically with the nomination form, available on the Council/Foundation Award website , and the following additional information:

All nominations will remain confidential. If you need additional information or have any questions, please reach out via the  Council/Foundation Award website .

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. 

You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Records by the appropriate deadline. Submit this  Graduate Opportunity Program/Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study Application and your personal statement to the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected] by June 30 each year to be considered for funding for the following academic year. 

GOP and EDPS opportunity programs are available exclusively to New York state residents.

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. Two fellowships are awarded every year and each includes a $12,000 academic-year stipend and a full-tuition scholarship. The fellowships are awarded annually to selected graduates of MSU currently residing in India who have been admitted into a master's degree program in one of the following fields: business administration, computer science, economics or engineering. If there are not any eligible candidates from MSU, the fellowship may be awarded to students who meet the criteria above and graduated from other universities in India.

To apply, answer "yes" to the Gajwani Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Gajwani Fellowship Application . To access the Gajwani Fellowship Application form, log in to your graduate application status page with the email and password that you used to create your graduate degree application. The Gajwani Fellowship Application form is available under the Forms section of your status page. The fellowship is generally awarded by April 1, however, applications will continue to be accepted.

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 before the May 15 deadline. Email completed application forms to the Graduate School at [email protected] .

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  Financial Aid webpage .

Benjamin R. Surovy Endowed Scholarship

The Benjamin R. Surovy Endowed Scholarship aims to give back to Binghamton University by enabling deserving students to earn a graduate degree while honoring the memory of Mr. Surovy's parents, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia and lived in Broome County for the rest of their lives. Mr. Surovy earned his master's degree in 1972 after retiring from the Air Force and spent the next twenty years serving in various capacities on the professional staff at the University.

The scholarship is awarded annually and the following conditions apply for eligibility:

No additional application is necessary for this scholarship; eligible applicants are automatically reviewed and a recipient is selected during August of each year.

Grace Chin-Fa and Tsuming Wu Fellowship for the Sciences

Established in 2017, the Grace Chin-Fa and Tsuming Wu Fellowship for the Sciences supports first-year doctoral students in the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. Wu joined the Physics Department in Harpur College in 1968 and remained on the faculty for more than 40 years.

Students in the natural sciences (biological sciences, chemistry, geological sciences or physics) should discuss potential nomination with the academic department. The scholarship provides students with a full-tuition scholarship and an academic-year stipend. In addition, students receive a summer stipend, which is provided the summer after their first year.

The deadline for nominations is the first Friday in February. Winners will be announced on or before March 1. A nomination package should include

Nomination materials should all be sent in a single .pdf file to [email protected] .

For department faculty and staff: Wu Fellowship Nomination Form

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:

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.

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.

English/Creative Writing: Marion Clayton Link Endowment in Creative Writing

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. 

Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership: Fellowships and Scholarships

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership (TLEL) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships, including the Edgar W. Couper and Geraldine S. Weil Memorial Fellowships. To view the full listing of TLEL fellowships and scholarships and other specific details, please visit the TLEL website .

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.

Watson College of Engineering: Katie C. Root Award for Graduate Students

Established to recognize the professional contribution of Katie Root during her term as Watson College Coordinator of Graduate Programs and to encourage graduate students in Watson College. Presented to a deserving graduate student who has completed their masters' degree requirements and will be graduating in the spring semester. A selection committee will select appropriate recipients based on academic merit and/or achievement over adversity; with preference given to women. International students are eligible for this award.

This award is handled by Watson College Dean's Office. The award is given at the end of the academic year. 

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Last Updated: 1/26/22


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  1. Fellowships

    Information about Fellowships can be found on the GSAS Fellowships website , CARAT , and via the graduate program listserv. Fellowship Application Information Your application must be complete at the time of submission (i.e., ALL materials, including letters, must be submitted by the specified deadline).

  2. Anthropology

    Our PhD programs provide in-depth conceptual and methodological training in archaeology and social anthropology, with faculty whose work covers every time period from the Paleolithic to the present and every major world area. The department also offers an AM in medical anthropology.

  3. Graduate Program

    The Department of Anthropology graduate degree programs include the following: Graduate training in Anthropology at Stanford is designed for students who seek the Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Eligible Ph.D. students from other disciplines at Stanford University may also pursue a Ph.D. Minor in Anthropology.

  4. Fellowships & Support

    Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees, and participation in several professional development activities.