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Campus Fellowships & Funding Opportunities

Stony Brook offers a number of fellowships to help graduate students meet their educational and research expenses. Some fellowships are awarded institutionally by the Graduate School; others, by department. Your deparment should always be your primary resource for information about funding opportunities, both internal and external.

The list below details campus fellowships; however, there are also many external fellowships and funding opportunities. You can explore strategies to find the right funding for you at our External Fellowships and Scholarships' Start Your Funding Search. If you are interested in pursuing external, nationally competitive fellowships, External Scholarships and Fellowships offers advising, info sessions and workshops on a variety of opportunities. 

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Graduate Council Fellowship

Graduate Council Fellowships (GCF) are available to exceptionally qualified incoming doctoral and MFA students. These fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

GCF candidates are nominated by their respective graduate program. Nominations are due at the end of January. The Graduate Council Fellowships and Awards Committee reviews and ranks candidate files around mid-February. Typically, 45 fellowships, renewable for up to five years for doctoral students or three years for MFA students, are awarded each academic year.

The GCF award supplements the program’s offer of support with an additional $50,000 in funding over the five-year support period. For MFA students, the GCF offers $30,000 over three years. These awards also provide a full tuition scholarship and subsidized health insurance coverage.

For specific details, contact your department for more information.

Nomination procedures for Graduate Program Directors are available on the GCF page.

Turner Fellowship

The W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship is a Graduate Fellowship Program for qualified underrepresented students whose immediate academic plans include obtaining graduate or professional degrees in a variety of disciplines including the biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine, humanities, engineering, and the arts.

The State of New York Legislature established the Underrepresented Graduate Fellowship Program in 1987, with Stony Brook choosing to name its program after W. Burghardt Turner, a former professor who was dedicated to supporting Stony Brook's underrepresented students in the pursuit of their academic degrees.

Turner Fellowship alumni are serving as professors and postdoctoral fellows in leading universities such as Arizona, Baylor, Brown, Penn State, Puerto Rico, Stony Brook, Temple, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Yale. Turner Fellows have received National Science Foundation Fellowships, National Institutes of Health Fellowships, Ford Foundation Fellowships, Fulbright Fellowships, and other important national and international recognitions and awards.

Stony Brook University is deeply committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse students in its competitive graduate degree programs. We continue to succeed in the immediate mission of the Turner Fellowship program by increasing the representation of students of diverse social backgrounds in Stony Brook University's graduate programs. The long-range goal of the Fellowship is to encourage Turner Fellows to assume their responsibilities as future leaders, educators, and researchers here in the United States.

For more information about the Turner Fellowship, including nomination procedures, please visit the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) website.


The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate is a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant committed to increasing diversity in the academy in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). AGEP is focused on building strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop programs that will increase the success of underrepresented minority students in STEM through graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM career preparation.

For more information on AGEP, please visit the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) website.

GEM Fellowship

The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science.

Through collaborative relationships between universities and industry, GEM's program provide graduate student fellows with academic and internship experience to best prepare students for careers in engineering and science.

For more information about the GEM Fellowship, including nomination procedures, please visit the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) website.

Graduate Fellowship & Faculty Research Program

The Graduate Fellowship & Faculty Research Program began in 2014-2015 as one of President Stanley’s initiatives in the arts, humanities, and lettered social sciences. The fellowship provides $20,000 in funding to six doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy – and who have completed their department’s allocated funding. These fellows, in turn, teach two courses during the academic year, creating release time for junior faculty members to focus on research and program development. Each program may nominate two students and two faculty members.

For more information, please visit the GFFRP page of the website

The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) Junior Researcher Award

This award is given to continuing PhD graduate students in the fall of their third year, or later in their graduate study, who are conducting full-time research and are recognized as outstanding junior researchers by institute faculty or affiliates.

The award is in the form of a lump-sum payment that is in addition to the regular stipend provided by the home department or research grant. The award brings total payment for the student to $34,000 for 1 calendar year, plus $4,000 per year for travel.

For more information, please visit the IACS website.

The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) New Recruit Award

This award is given to new, incoming, full-time, fully-supported PhD graduate students who are recognized as stellar students because of their outstanding potential indicated, for instance, by high undergraduate GPA, strong letters of recommendation, as well as their active research record.

The award is in the form of a lump-sum payment that is in addition to the regular stipend provided by the home department or research grant. The award brings total payment for the student to $34,000 for 1 calendar year, plus $4,000 for travel and equipment. Distinguished IACS awardees will be provided with a student-assigned mentor within IACS, permanently identified on the IACS website and in IACS publications, and their work will be highlighted in IACS workshop and conference proceedings.

For more information, please visit the IACS website.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate

The Bridge to the Doctorate program is funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the number of underrepresented minority students admitted into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate programs. The program is designed to provide support for these students as they complete their master’s degree coursework and transition into doctoral programs, ultimately increasing the number of underrepresented minority scientists in academic, scientific, and technology professions.

A cohort of twelve students is selected for the Bridge to the Doctorate program from NSF LSAMP programs from across the country. Each Bridge to the Doctorate fellow receives a $32,000 annual stipend for two years, a full tuition scholarship, fee coverage, and health insurance. Fellows are also given specialized academic support in the way of tutoring and writing and exam workshops. Further, fellows are encouraged to attend conferences and participate in community building activities to stimulate their academic and professional development.

For more information, visit the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) website.

Science Training & Research to Inform Decisions (STRIDE)

STRIDE (Science Training & Research to Inform DEcisions) is an innovative training program that will provide STEM graduate students with unique interdisciplinary skills to assist, create, and eventually lead in the translation of complex data-enabled research into informed decisions and sound policies. In addition to training in cutting-edge data analytics and visualization, STRIDE includes the transdisciplinary skills of decision support including science communication, understanding the perspectives of various stakeholders, science communication, and translating scientific uncertainty, that are too often not explicitly taught. This end-to-end training program transcends traditional graduate education by integrating multiple disciplines and novel training elements that span spatial data, advanced visual data analytics, high-performance and data-centric computing, a science discipline, communication including interpersonal skills and modern media, decision making, and relevant internships.

STRIDE is seeking a diverse cohort of students who have a desire to pursue interdisciplinary research. The first cohort of STRIDE students will begin in fall 2017.

All PhD students from the following departments are eligible to be STRIDE trainees: Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Ecology & Evolution, School of Journalism, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Biomedical Informatics, Alda Center for Communicating Science, and Computer Science.

For more information, visit the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) website.

Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Economics

Thanks to the generosity of one of our economics Ph.D. alumnae, this Graduate Fellowship is available to qualified historically underrepresented students pursuing a doctoral degree in our economics program. Our mission is to empower Fellows to assume their roles and responsibilities as future leaders, educators, and researchers.  This Fellowship offers $75,000 over 5 years in addition to regular funding in the economics program.

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