Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
More than 70 percent of full-time FNRM graduate students receive partial or full support through graduate research or teaching assistantships. Awards range from $11,060 to $27,000 per year. All fully supported students receive tuition scholarships and health insurance. In addition to assistantships, FNRM annually awards several fellowships, based on students’ accomplishments and promise for future professional and personal development. We also offer some graduate student stipends to support semester-long and summer internship experiences.
The Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management offers two (2) types of assistantships: Graduate Assistantships and Research Assistantships.
Assistantships are awarded to students who have demonstrated scholarship and academic promise, and whose education and experience enable them to assist in the teaching and research mission of the college through laboratory or classroom instruction and research. Students who obtain an assistantship qualify for a tuition waiver, a stipend, and may be eligible for health insurance. The stipend amounts range from $9,446 to $18,000 (for 20 hours per week of service) per academic year. Students who hold an assistantship must be enrolled for full-time study as defined by graduate policies and be making satisfactory progress toward completing their degree.
Each year, ESF awards Graduate Assistantships based on faculty recommendations. They are used primarily to assist professors teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Each spring, returning students are invited to apply for Graduate Assistantships for the next academic year. Accepted students who request an assistantship (question 13 on the Application for Graduate Study) and who complete a Graduate Assistantship Application Form are also included in the selection pool. Application forms for Graduate Assistantships can be obtained from 320 Bray Hall. Each student must apply each year that support is desired. Students who receive a Graduate Assistantship, may receive a 10% discount at the University Bookstore in the Schine Student Center at Syracuse University. Discount letters may be obtained from 320 Bray Hall.
As a research university, SUNY-ESF is involved in numerous externally funded projects, many of which support graduate students through Research Assistantships. Each project is managed by a Principal Investigator, who is responsible for selecting staff, including Research Assistants. Students interested in Research Assistantships should discuss opportunities with their major professor.
Fellowships are awarded to students based on various competitive scenarios, usually involving an evaluation of a student’s background, degree of accomplishment, and promise for future professional and personal development.
The Farnsworth Fellowships are presented to a currently matriculated MS and/or PhD student who demonstrates and holds promise for scholarship and service in forest and natural resources management. The FNRM Graduate Education Committee selects this award’s recipients. Students self-nominate for the Farnsworth award with letters of recommendation from selected professors. Historically, the Farnsworth Fellowships are awarded in the spring. Announcements for applications are distributed to students and faculty each year.
The Leaf Award is presented to a currently matriculated student who has a record of and shows promise for research in forest and natural resources management. The FNRM Graduate Education Committee selects this award’s recipients. Faculty members, usually their major professors, nominate students for the Leaf Award. Historically, the Leaf Award has been presented in the fall. Announcements for applications are distributed to faculty each year.
The Marshall Award is presented to a currently matriculated student who demonstrates aptitude and achievement in scholarship or research on wilderness and protected area policy and management. The FNRM Graduate Education Committee selects this award's recipients. Faculty members, usually their major professors, nominate students for the Marshall Award. Historically, the Marshall Award has been presented in the fall. Announcements for applications are distributed to faculty each year.
The Edna Bailey Sussman Fund provides stipends to currently matriculated students to support semester-long and summer internship experiences. Sussman fellowships support a broad range of interest areas, including forest and natural resources management. Sussman applications are treated competitively. Awards are usually in the range of $2,500-$3,500. Interested students should request the document “E.B. Sussman Fund: How to Apply” from the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies (227 Bray Hall).
Graduate Education Coordinator - FNRM
310A Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
Phone: (315) 470-6561
Fax: (315) 470-6535