​Fellowships for Graduate Students

Graduate fellowships consist of a stipend and a full-tuition scholarship (up to 30 credits for the academic year).

Where appropriate, they are awarded for more than one academic year. Multi-year awards typically include a year of fellowship, followed by a year of teaching or research assistantship, followed by a third year of fellowship support.

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Syracuse University African American Studies Graduate Fellowship

African American Studies Fellowships are intended for any U.S. citizen or permanent resident students whose graduate study requires the integration of African American/Pan African studies and who will make an intellectual contribution to the life of the Department of African American Studies. These Fellowships include a stipend and a full-tuition scholarship (up to 30 credits for the academic year). African American Fellows are required to enroll in one three-credit graduate course in fall semester in the African American Studies Program. During the spring semester, fellows must participate in a fellow’s forum and prepare a public presentation regarding research work. Students are also expected to participate in the cultural life of the department. Students interested in being nominated for this fellowship should consult with their academic department. New students should complete their application for admission in January for consideration.

STEM Fellowships

If you are from an underrepresented group (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) and are applying for doctoral programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Syracuse University offers single and multiple-year fellowships to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. To be eligible for these awards, you must be nominated by your academic department. New students should complete their application for admission in January for consideration.

McNair Scholars Program

Individual Colleges within Syracuse University have the option to fund McNair Fellowships, with preference given to students admitted for doctoral programs. The fellowships consist of a stipend and a full-tuition scholarship (up to 30 credits for the academic year). To be eligible for consideration, you must be either from an underrepresented group (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) or have been a McNair Scholar at your undergraduate institution. Please indicate your interest in being considered for these fellowships by checking the appropriate box on the graduate application when applying to Syracuse University. New students must complete their application in January. You must have already been admitted into a Syracuse University graduate program, formally nominated by your department (with support from the relevant home college) to be considered for the award.

Hursky Fellowship

If you are a full-time, matriculated/or admitted graduate student of Ukrainian background enrolled in either the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs or the College of Arts and Sciences or a Syracuse University graduate student whose area of study is Ukraine or includes Ukrainian topics, you are eligible to be considered for a Hursky Fellowship. Preference is given to students whose study includes Ukrainian language and literature, Ukrainian linguistics, and/or culture. The Fellowship honors the legacy of Professor Jacob Hursky and his wife, Valentina, and includes a stipend and a tuition scholarship for 24 credits for the academic year and the following summer. Students receiving the award are known as Hursky Fellows.

Learn more about the biography of Professor Hursky [PDF, 31KB], supporting the Hursky Fund, and applying for the Hursky Fellowship.

GEM Fellowships

If you are considering graduate study in engineering or the sciences, then you should know about GEM. GEM is a program of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. and provides Fellowships in an engineering or science discipline at any GEM member institution. African American, Latino American, and Native American students are eligible to compete for these portable fellowships.

These funds are provided by corporations, and include fellowship stipends and some tuition. Graduate schools provide the remainder of the tuition and sometimes supplement the stipends with their own funds. For more information about the program and how to apply, students should contact: The National GEM Consortium 1430 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, or visit their website.