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Humanities Institute PhD Fellowships


The Humanities Institute will award two $12,000 PhD Fellowships for 2024-25. Fellows meet for works-in-progress seminars to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on their research.

Application Process:

Each department in the humanities, broadly defined, may nominate up to two candidates for the Fellowships, as selected by the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Directors should email their nominations to

Applications, which are due Friday, April 12, 2024, must be submitted by the nominated applicants via a web form. Click here to submit your application.

Submission Requirements:

  • Notify your department’s Director of Graduate Studies of your intent to apply. Department Directors of Graduate Studies may nominate up to two (2) candidates. Nominations should be submitted by the DGS via email to
  • Nominated applicants will need to submit the following via the online application form.
    • 200-word dissertation abstract
    • four-page double-spaced application statement, including:
      • description of the dissertation and its intellectual contributions
      • plans for the fellowship year
      • timetable for completion
    • CV of no more than two pages
  • Letter of support from Dissertation Director should be submitted by your Director via email to

Selection Criteria, from most to least important:

  • The dissertation’s quality and scholarly potential;
  • The dissertation’s importance and relevance beyond the applicant’s home discipline;
  • The applicant’s professional accomplishments, including publications and presentations;
  • The applicant’s prospects of finishing the dissertation in the fellowship year;
  • The applicant’s demonstrated ability and desire to participate in HI programs.

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Fellows must have exhausted their initial package of support from the home department;
  • Fellows must participate in scheduled PhD Seminar sessions

About Fellowship Funding and Financial Aid

Fellowship awards are divided into two (2) payments applied to the student’s total financial obligation to the University: one issued at the start of the fall semester and the second issued at the start of the spring semester.

Per University at Buffalo Department of Financial Aid,

“A fellowship, much like a scholarship, affects your total eligibility for aid. At the start of the awarding process, your total cost of education is determined. Next, we subtract any fellowships/scholarships/additional resources from this amount. The remaining balance represents your total eligibility for financial aid. It is possible for graduate students to be offered and accept a fellowship after financial aid funds have been accepted and/or released to you. When this occurs, your financial aid eligibility will be re-evaluated and adjusted, if needed, even if you have already accepted/received awards.”

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