Internal Funding Opportunities

Explore options and opportunities for funding through the University at Albany.  Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Department of Anthropology

  • First Encounter Scholarship for Mesoamerican Fieldwork: This scholarship is established to fund travel to Mesoamerica to conduct preliminary work that may allow students to carry out individual research in the area. Appropriate activities include first visits to research sites, language and/or paleography training, or other preliminary activities that may be essential to the successful completion of individual fieldwork or related research.  For more information, click here.
  • The Undergraduate Essay Award in Mesoamerican Studies: This award recognizes outstanding undergraduate achievement in the field of Mesoamerican studies, as judged by a written essay. The award will be $50, to be used as the awardee sees fit.  For more information, click here.

 Department of Biological Sciences

  • Glenn L. Bumpus Award: Established in memory of Glenn Bumpus ’75, a brilliant student, tireless teacher, devoted friend and loving son, this award is intended to recognize excellence among the student of the biological sciences in the performance and communication of outstanding undergraduate research and future promise as a professional biologist.
  • Class of 1905 Bazzoni Fellowship: Established by Charles Bazzoni in his memory and that of his wife, Edith Vera Bazzoni, both of the Class of 1905. This fellowship is awarded for outstanding achievement in the natural sciences.
  • Katherine Vario Endowed Scholarship: This fund was established by the Vario family in memory of their daughter Katherine, a student at the University. This scholarship is awarded to a student, preferably a woman, entering her senior year who is preparing for medical or dental school.

For more information, click here.


Department of Chemistry

  • Chemistry Faculty Award ($200): This award is given to a graduating chemistry major for demonstrated high scholastic standing, good character and potential for advancement in the chemical profession.
  • Chemistry Scholar – General Chemistry ($2,000): This award is to support an undergraduate majoring in Chemistry in his/her General Chemistry with an outstanding academic record
  • Chemistry Scholar – Organic Chemistry ($2,000): This award is given to a full-time undergraduate majoring in Chemistry who is completing Organic Chemistry II with an outstanding academic record.
  • Derk V. Tieszen Award ($200): This award goes to a Chemistry senior on the basis of demonstrated achievement in chemistry, physics, and mathematics plus potential as a research worker and teacher of chemistry at an advanced level.
  • Dr. Herbert S. and Mrs. Inez W. Bailey ’36 Scholarship ($1,000): This honor recognizes and undergraduate with high achievement in several disciplines in the natural sciences and mathematics

For information regarding the above awards, click here.


Department of Communication 

  • Wilkie Award: The Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication is given each May. The award is named after Dr. Wilkie, an emeritus member of the Communication faculty who urged his students to attain excellence, especially in argumentation and public discourse. Each March, graduating seniors ranking at the top of the class are invited to compete for this award. A Wilkie Committee selects the winner based on the following criteria: (1) an outstanding academic record, (2) effective delivery of an extemporaneous speech, and (3) strong critical thinking skills (evidenced through the development of a speech that was coherent, logical, and well-justified). The winner, who addresses the senior class at commencement, is featured in the Department Recognition Ceremony program and listed in the university-wide Commencement program.  For more information, click here.

 Division of Research

The University at Albany Foundation Undergraduate Student Research Endowed Fellowship program is designed to foster a research experience by providing a measure of financial support to meet research-related expenses.  Please note, students cannot apply for these awards directly.  Students must be nominated by their faculty mentor or project supervisor.

Information regarding the nomination process and dates can be found on the Division of Research website.

Available Awards:

  • The Kenneth W. Abele and Thelma Miller Abele ’38 Research Fund: Established by Kenneth Abele, as part of the UAlbany Foundation's Undergraduate Student Research Program, this fund provides research awards to full-time students who are engaged in research activities under the direction and guidance of a faculty member. The research projects shall be in the physical and natural sciences or, secondarily, in the social and behavioral sciences. There is one award of $300.
  • Lita and Stephen Greenwald ’40 Research Fund: Established by Mrs. Lita Greenwald, in memory of her husband, a prominent alumnus and corporate executive, as part of the UAlbany Foundation's Undergraduate Student Research Program, this fund provides research awards to full-time students who are engaged in research activities under the direction and guidance of a faculty member. The research projects shall be in the physical and natural sciences or, secondarily, in business finance or corporate management. There are four awards of $500 each.
  • Clyde ’28 and Virgina Roosa ’32 Slocum Fund: Established by Virginia Roosa Slocum '32, in memory of her husband, Dr. Cylde Slocum, a respected educator and school administrator, as part of the UAlbany Foundation's Undergraduate Student Research Program, this fund provides research grants to undergraduate students. There is one award of $300.
  • Adelaide Schmid ’38 Endowed Research Fund: Established by Adelaide Schmid, this fund provides research grants to undergraduate students. It is part of the UAlbany Foundation's Undergraduate Student Research Program. There are two awards of $500 each.
  • Adrienne Zimberg ’83 Endowement: Established in memory of Dr. Adrienne Zimberg by her colleagues and friends, this fund provides research grants to undergraduate students as part of the UAlbany Foundation's Undergraduate Student Research Program. There are two awards of $400 each.

For more information, please visit the Division of Research Internal Funding page. Information regarding Undergraduate Student awards is at the bottom of the page.


Department of Geography & Planning

  • The David Mark Prize in Geography: David Mark received his BA (summa cum laude), his certificate in GIS and Spatial Analysis, and his MA in Geography from the University at Albany. David was a bright, enthusiastic, and talented student who was always eager to learn more about GIS and cultural geography. Tragically, David passed away in March 2011, less than 3 months after receiving his Master’s degree. To honor David’s passion for his studies, the Department of Geography and Planning is seeking gifts to award an Academic Prize in his name. The Prize will reward a student who shares David’s strong work ethic and breadth of attainment in the discipline of Geography. Special consideration will be given to a student who has helped a colleague overcome any learning, physical or emotional challenges that have interfered with his or her achieving a personal goal.  For more information, please click here.
  • AICP Outstanding Planning Student Award: The Outstanding Student Awards recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning by students graduating from Planning Accreditation Board–accredited planning programs (one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level, if applicable) during the academic year of the award. Each respective planning program convenes a jury to make the selection(s) and schedules the award presentation(s) at their respective school(s).  For more information, please click here.

 Global Academic Programs: Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships are a great way to support the cost of your education abroad experience.
For more information about UAlbany Education Aboard Scholarships, SUNY Education Abroad Scholarships, and Nationally Competitive Scholarships, click here.


 Initiatives for Women (IFW)
IFW benefits women students, faculty and staff at the University at Albany. The scholarships provide a means to advance educational and professional goals.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020
For more information about the Endowed and General Awards available, click here


 Program in Journalism

The William E. Rowley Award: The William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing is open to any student, regardless of major or minor, first year through senior year, for one piece of journalistic writing. The honorarium varies yearly, but is usually $100.  For more information, click here.


 Program in Judaic Studies

Fishman Fund Grant: Mr. Irving Fishman, an alumnus of the Class of 1940 and the Kappa Beta Fraternity, established this fund, which awards $500 annually to a worthy student minoring in Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies in need of financial support to further their educational plans.  For more information, click here.


 Department of Music & Theatre

  • Nathan Gottschalk Music Scholarship: Established in memory of Nathan Gottschalk, faculty member in the Department of Music. The purpose of this award is to support the activities of the University Orchestra.
  • David Griggs-Janower Departmental Service Award: The David Griggs-Janower Departmental Service Award is given to a student who has provided outstanding service to the Department of Music.
  • Willard Banks Memorial Award: Established by Mrs. Donald Biggs in memory of her father. Awarded annually to a minority student enrolled in a music major program on the basis of achievement and service to the Music Department.
  • Agnes E. Futterer Award: Each year, the Department of Theatre honors the memory of Agnes E. Futterer, the creator of our program, by making an award to a graduating senior. The faculty select the senior who has made the most significant contribution to our program and the Department during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Harold Gould Award for Excellence in Interpretive Speech: Established by Harold Gould '47. Awarded to a student who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in speaking words of heightened language. The award is based on the degree to which the student appreciates the effectiveness of the spoken word as it integrates with the other performing elements in expressing logical and emotional content.
  • Kimberly Wilson Memorial Award: This award is given in honor/memory of Kim Wilson, respected friend, student, and colleague, as a living testament from all who knew her - for far too short a time. Kim was affable, selfless, and humorous; possessed knowledge, good sense, and skill; and sought greater wisdom, friendship, and understanding.
For more information, click here.

The University at Albany Foundation Scholarships
These funds have been endowed through the generosity of donors, alumni and friends of The Foundation. We are truly appreciative of their support. For a full listing of available scholarships, awards & prizes, visit the University at Albany Foundation page, click here.

Many of the University at Albany Foundation's endowed scholarships listed below are administered through the Financial Aid Office while others are managed by the specific schools, colleges or departments within the University at Albany.
Please visit the Financial Aid office Scholarship webpage to complete one online application to qualify for all University at Albany Foundation scholarships administered through Financial Aid. Please note, that for many of theses scholarships, particularly those in which demonstrated financial need is part of the criteria, a FAFSA must be on file through the Financial Aid Office.

The University at Albany Foundation Scholarship Application is OPEN through June 1, 2019. Please visit the Financial Aid webpage for additional information.

Colleges & Schools

Departments & University Wide

  • Performing Arts Center
  • University Wide Scholarships, Awards & Prizes
    • Robert W. Moyer Research Fund: Established by Robert W. Moyer, this fund provides research awards to full-time undergraduate students who are engaged in research activities under the direction and guidance of a faculty member. The research projects shall be in the physical and natural sciences, or secondarily, in the social and behavioral sciences.

University Libraries

  • The Patricia Stocking Brown fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in the University Libraries Award: Donors from the University at Albany's Women's Studies and Biology Departments established this award to support and promote students' interest in and use of primary source materials related to the study of social justice, housed in the University Libraries' Department of Special Collections & Archives.  Named for Professor Stocking Brown, who taught Biology and Women's and Minorities' Studies for 35 years at nearby Siena College, this award is open to students of all any gender identity and expression.  Award applicants must be currently engaged in or planning a study, class paper, or digital project related to social justice and utilize at least one manuscript or archival collection from the Department of Special Collections & Archives as part of their research.  Undergraduate students are eligible for a cash award of $250.  For more information, please click here.


Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

For more information about the below opportunities, click here.

  • Arlene E. Ray Memorial Scholarship: This special scholarship was founded in 1994 to serve as a living memory of Joan Schulz's younger and only sister, Arlene Ray. Arlene's strength, intelligence, and great courage were an inspiration to all those around her. She would be proud to know she inspired this scholarship and proud to be associated with its recipients. The award goes to an outstanding Women's Studies undergraduate to recognize her academic achievement and significant contributions to the University and larger communities, and her dedication to feminist principles.
  • Stoneman-Van Vranken Scholarship Award: This scholarship is given in honor of the late Kate Stoneman, a student and teacher at the Albany State Normal School and the first woman admitted to the Bar in New York State, and the late Harriet Van Vranken, a graduate of Albany Teacher's College and Albany's first African American teacher. The award goes to a Women's Studies outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of her record in Women's Studies and other course work, contributions to the University and larger communities, dedication to feminist principles, and overall academic performance.
  • Women's Studies Award: The Women's Studies Committee started this award in 1986 to recognize an outstanding Women's Studies major or minor who has demonstrated an excellent academic record in Women's Studies and significant feminist contributions to the women's community. The time, energy, and money of the many women and men who support the University at Albany's Women's Studies Department through fundraising events and alumnae activities allow us to grant the award every year