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DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 29: American Institute of Indian Studies Online Language Programs (tuition awards available)

Posted by Tim on March 15, 2021 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Scholarship Opportunities

AIIS will be offering its summer language program online for summer 2021 and is extending the deadline for applying for the program until April 30, 2021. AIIS will be offering an eight-week program (June 14 to August 6) in

  • Bangla
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kangri
  • Kannada
  • Konkani
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Mughal Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Tibetan
  • Urdu

Students will have three options: a 140-hour program ($1,820), a 120-hour program ($1,560), and a 72-hour program ($936). Decisions about admissions will be made by May 10. To apply, students should go to   

They should register on the portal but should ONLY upload one pdf containing two items: the two-page main application form and the one-page statement of purpose. They should NOT upload any other materials nor should they arrange for letters of recommendation. They would pay the $25 application fee through the Paypal link on the web site.

UB students are eligible for Rustgi South Asian Language Awards that cover part or all of the cost of tuition.

Visit for more information. The deadline for Rustgi Award applications is March 29, 2021.


Fulbright Scholars Panel

Posted by Tim on February 27, 2021 in Event, Fellowships, Information Session, Networking, Scholarship Opportunities

Friday, March 19, 3-4 p.m. (via Zoom)

Have you ever considered teaching, researching or earning a graduate degree abroad? The Fulbright Program offers opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

Join us for a Fulbright panel discussion to hear personal stories from two of UB’s previous Fulbright recipients: Ashley Cercone (research grant to Turkey) and Paige Melin (English teaching assistant in Senegal). You will hear more about the possibilities of Fulbright and what it takes to be a Fulbright Scholar.

Registration is required. Confirmation will include Zoom details. For more information about this event contact Visit the Fulbright Program website to learn about their programs.


UB Asian Studies Study Abroad Award/Rustgi South Asian Language Award (deadline March 29, 2021)

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Academics, Scholarship Opportunities, Study Abroad

The Rustgi South Asian Language Award

Current UB undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for funding to attend intensive summer language programs such as those offered by

·       The American Institute of Indian Studies

·       University of Wisconsin South Asia Summer Language Institute

·       University of Washington Summer Nepali Language Course

·       University of Texas at Austin Summer Language Courses in Malayalam, Telugu, or Kannada

Applications for funding will be evaluated by UB Asian Studies Program faculty and staff. The Rustgi South Asian Language Award provides partial tuition subventions. Additional funds for living expenses incurred during the summer program may also be available. It is anticipated that the average award will be approximately $1,000 per student.


  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Buffalo in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • At the time of application for this award, applicants must demonstrate that they have already applied to a summer language program. 
  • Awards are contingent upon the applicant’s acceptance into an appropriate South Asian summer language program

Criteria for Selection:

  • Awards will be based on academic merit and seriousness of purpose
  • The applicant agrees to be an ambassador for Asian Studies at UB by sending occasional posts and photos of their experiences for use on the Asian Studies Program’s social media and website. The applicant must also be willing to talk with other students about their experience upon returning to UB.
  • The applicant’s prior South Asian coursework or plans to enroll in additional South Asia-related courses at UB.
  • Preference shall be given to students seeking to learn “critical need” languages (Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu).
  • Preference shall be given to students who can demonstrate that they have also applied for the Critical Language ScholarshipBoren Awards, and/or  Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships.

Required Application Materials:

Applicants should send the following components in a single PDF file:

1)    Completed language program application form
2)    one-page (less than 500-word) statement of purpose describing your academic reasons for selecting a particular program, detailing how the study abroad program will fit into your overall academic program and goals, and how the program benefits you
3)    Transcripts: Applicants should scan their undergraduate and graduate transcripts (from U.S. or Canadian universities only) and include them in the single pdf file.
4)    Confirmation (email or scanned document) from AIIS, SAFLI, etc. indicating receipt of complete summer language program application.
5)    A simple budget indicating anticipated expenses and other sources of funding to which the applicant has applied.
6)    Recommended: documentation confirming submission of completed applications for the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Scholarship
7)    Applicants should also submit one (1) letter of recommendation emailed as an attachment directly from their professor or instructor. Instructors may also mail their recommendations in a sealed envelope signed by the instructor to Asian Studies Program, 412 Clemens Hall, Buffalo NY 14260.

*Application deadline is March 29, 2021

Please contact the Asian Studies Program at if you have any questions.


The Asian Studies 2020-2021 Study Abroad Award

The 2020-2021 study abroad award supports study abroad for Fall 2021, AY 2021-2022, or Spring 2022. The deadline for applications is March 29, 2021.

The awards will range between $500 and $1000. All UB undergraduate students who are studying abroad in Asia are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in the Asian Studies Program and/or minoring in Korean.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate at the University of Buffalo in good academic standing at the time of your application
  • At the time of applying for this award, you must already have applied to a study abroad program in Asia through the UB Study Abroad office. Exceptions will be considered with prior approval from the Asian Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Walter Hakala.


  • Foreign language study is a component of the program
  • Participation in an established, credit-bearing study abroad or exchange program
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who are studying abroad for the first time or in a country or region to which they have never before traveled
  • Awards are based on academic merit and seriousness of purpose
  • The applicant agrees to be an ambassador for Asian Studies at UB by sending occasional posts and photos of their experiences while in-country for use on the Asian Studies Program’s social media and website. The applicant must also be willing to talk with other students about their study abroad experience upon returning to UB.

Application Materials and Guidelines:

Please submit the following 4 items:

  1. The application form.
  2. A personal statement no longer than 3 pages double-spaced, 11 or 12 point font following the outline below:
    1. The Program. Describe the program: what is the length of the program, the course of intended study, and the language focus? You may include a program info sheet or brochure as supporting paperwork if one exists.
    1. The Language. What language training have you acquired prior to the study abroad program? What is your expected proficiency at the end of the study abroad program? What is your goal in learning this language?
    1. Academic Purpose. Describe your academic reasons for selecting a particular program and explain in detail how the study abroad program will fit into your overall academic program and goals.
    1. Development. Describe how the program benefits your personal, academic, and professional development.
    1. Candidacy. Why are you a particularly strong candidate for this award?
  3. One letter of recommendation from a professor who has taught you in an Asian Studies-related course. The letter of recommendation must be emailed as an attachment directly from the professor.
  4. A current copy of your unofficial transcript.

All application materials must be submitted no later than 4pm on Monday, March 29, 2021. 

Submission Guidelines: 

Email with “Study Abroad Award Application: [your name]” in the subject line. Attach the completed application form, your personal statement, and your transcripts. Ask your professor to email their letter of recommendation as an attachment to with “Study Abroad Recommendation: [your name]” in the subject line.

Please contact the Asian Studies Program at if you have any questions.


Women’s Empowerment in Action & Undergraduate Scholarship Workshop February 12

Posted by Tim on February 8, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Scholarship Opportunities

Women’s Empowerment in Action & Undergraduate Scholarship

Feb. 12, 2021, 12-1 p.m.

Join the Gender Institute and the Experiential Learning Network for an interactive Zoom conversation about catalyzing women’s empowerment around the globe—and how students can get involved. The joint scholarship offered by the Gender Institute and ELN will also be discussed.


Spring 2021 National Science Foundation Development Workshops

Posted by Tim on February 1, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Fellowships, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

Are you an undergraduate junior/senior or first year graduate student looking to fund a research-based graduate degree in a STEM field?

Register today for our upcoming NSF Development Workshops! Note: These awards are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. All workshops will be held via Zoom. Once you RSVP for the workshops, you will receive the Zoom meeting information.

If you are unable to attend the live workshops, please register to access saved recordings of the workshops.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is a prestigious grant for graduate students looking to get funded for research.  The grant provides full funding for three years which includes a $34,000/year stipend and tuition coverage!
Applications for the NSF GRFP will become available in August 2021. Deadlines vary by discipline but are generally in late October.
If you are interested in applying for the NSF GRFP in October 2021, please join us for this four session program designed to prepare you to submit a strong application. You will learn about review criteria for the NSF GRFP and other awards, what the review panels are looking for, and how to write a strong research proposal.

To be eligible to apply for NSF GRFP in October 2021, you must be:

  • A current rising undergraduate junior/senior or first year graduate student
  • A U.S. citizen, have U.S. national status, or be a permanent resident
  • Pursuing (or intending to pursue) a research-based master’s degree or PhD
  • Conducting research in an NSF-supported field, such as: mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science

March 3, 10, 24 and 31 from 9-10 a.m.

RSVP for the NSF Development Workshops

Spring 2021 Fellowships and Scholarships 101 Workshops

Posted by Tim on January 29, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Fellowships, Networking, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

Looking for funding but unsure where to start?

Join the UB Office of Fellowships and Scholarships for a 30-minute introductory workshop covering how to search for awards, apply for major external fellowships, find funding for graduate school, and become a more competitive applicant. 

All workshops will take place via Zoom. Once you RSVP for Fellowships and Scholarships 101 using the form below, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information.

If you cannot attend either of these times, check out our Fellowships and Scholarships 101 series on our YouTube channel and make an appointment with an advisor online to address any unanswered questions or concerns.

Weekly Sessions

Mondays from 1-1:30 p.m.
Tuesdays from 10-10:30 a.m.
  Note: Sessions will begin the week of February 1 and finish the week of May 3.

RSVP for Fellowships and Scholarships 101

WNY Prosperity Scholarship Seeks Applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Competitions, Scholarship Opportunities

Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program | open to all UG majors and GRAD programs:  Seeking students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York

A leadership development program that provides selected Fellows professional development opportunities, as well as resources and access to WNY business leaders. WNY Prosperity Fellows are awarded a paid summer internship; scholarship support awarded during the academic year up to $25,000 based on a student’s unmet financial need, and an enrichment fund of $1,000. This fellowship program will assist undergraduate and graduate students who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the WNY region. Open to all undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Fellows do not need to be from WNY, however the Fellowship supports students committed to the WNY region.

Fellowship eligibility:  

  • current sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply; 
  • should have minimum 3.0 cumulative UG GPA / 3.5 cumulative GRAD GPA;
  • have an interest in bolstering the WNY economy through job creation;
  • complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the advised deadline. Please note that you may file a FAFSA using estimated income information and update your FAFSA once you complete your current tax return. 
  • Fellowship Requirement: Only open to US Citizens or students holding permanent residency. Not intended for international students.

For full details, visit the fellowship website at: | Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship information sessions hosted on Zoom:

  • Friday, December 4th at 2 p.m. EDT 

Meeting ID: 982 7579 7826 | Passcode: 964874

  • Friday, January, 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT

Meeting ID: 970 0851 2590; Passcode: 888946


Funding Now Available For Projects and Conferences through the Experiential Learning Network

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2020 in Academics, Scholarship Opportunities

Funding Now Available for Mentored Projects and Virtual Conferences
The Experiential Learning Network offers funding for undergraduate student projects and virtual conference presentations. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until February 17, 2021, but act fast to be sure your application is considered before funds are fully awarded.  Project Funding: Take your innovative projects to the next level with funding to support your work related to projects listed on the Project Portal. Conference Funding: Share the exciting results and impacts of recent or current projects at an upcoming virtual conference presentation. For more details, including funding limits and eligibility requirements, review ELN’s funding website. 
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UUP 2021 Scholarship Opportunity Deadline March 1

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2020 in Competitions, Scholarship Opportunities

ALBANY – SUNY students are invited to apply for annual scholarships of $3,000 offered by United University Professions, the union representing academic and professional faculty of the State University of New York.

The application deadline for the UUP College Scholarship Fund scholarships is March 1, 2021. Applications are on UUP’s website, at

“Through UUP’s Scholarship Fund, our union provides support to our students who are working toward their degrees,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “The students we honor have excelled academically and have made significant contributions to their communities.”

The Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to a maximum of four SUNY undergraduates who excel academically and are dedicated to the goals and ideals of the labor movement. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled at SUNY state-operated schools and have a minimum grade point average of 3.75.

Full-time graduate and professional SUNY students can apply for UUP’s William Scheuerman Post Baccalaureate Scholarship. The scholarship is named in honor of former UUP President William Scheuerman.

To apply, students must have at least nine credits and hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.95. Law and health science students must complete at least one full semester prior to applying for the scholarship. Applicants must show dedication to the labor movement’s goals and ideals.

Applicants for both scholarships must demonstrate personal and academic achievement and display a strong record of community service. UUP awards the scholarships to students on a one-time basis, but there is no limit on the number of times a student may apply.

The scholarships are funded by contributions from UUP members and their families.

UUP has awarded more than 100 scholarships since the union’s scholarship program began in 1988. Three of the undergraduate scholarships are given in honor of former UUP members and their families who generously supported the Scholarship Fund. Those members are the late Eugene Link of SUNY Plattsburgh; the late Robert Carter of SUNY Oswego and his wife, Katherine; and the late Gertrude Butera of SUNY Alfred.

For more information, contact UUP’s Administrative Office at (800) 342-4206.

UUP represents 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees, with members at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health sciences centers in Brooklyn, Buffalo, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.


Department Of Energy Scholars Program Accepting Applications Deadline January 4

Posted by Tim on October 19, 2020 in Fellowships, Scholarship Opportunities

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.

Why should I apply?

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related areas.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission. 

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


January 4, 2021 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

For more information


Download program flyer:


Please share this information with friends and colleagues who might be interested in opportunities with DOE.

DOE has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.