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SUNY-ESF Graduate Funding Sources
Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

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ESF Graduate Student
Travel Grants

Call for Proposals for Travel Grants. Follow the link for guidelines and deadlines.

SUNY-ESF Graduate Funding Sources
Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

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Assistantships and fellowships are awarded to students who have demonstrated scholarship and academic experience, and whose education enables them to assist in the teaching and research missions of the college. Applicants must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subject to be taught or studied, good communication skills, and the ability to work constructively with students, faculty, and professional staff. Students who receive graduate assistantships, research project assistantships, or fellowship will be notified of the appointments via letters on SUNY ESF or Research Foundation letterhead. The appointment is conditional upon state and federal employment eligibility standards.

Students who accept initial appointments to Graduate Assistantships (GA) are required to participate in a two-day Colloquium on Teaching and Learning held in late August each year. Students who receive appointments to Research Project Assistantships (RPA) may be required to participate in sessions of the graduate teaching colloquium. All graduate student employees receive office space, parking privileges, and employee benefits. Specific information about benefits is provided during sessions of the graduate colloquium.

Graduate Assistant (GA, a.k.a “TA”)

  • Requires full-time matriculation in a graduate degree program
  • May be awarded for single semester or academic year
  • Is offered for a maximum of 20 hours per week
  • Is available only for academic year appointments - no summer appointments
  • The master's level student stipend is $11,060 (based on 20 hours per week per academic year). Doctoral stipends are typically $12,715 (based on 20 hours per week per academic year), however, some departments fund at a higher rate.
  • Award includes a tuition scholarship
  • Requires one-time participation in the Colloquium on Teaching & Learning
  • Paychecks are received approximately four weeks after start date
  • Criteria for the award are established by each Department or Unit:
    • Chemistry
      • Work obligations support delivery of courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry, and biochemistry
      • In addition to demonstrated knowledge of chemistry, applicants must demonstrate thorough knowledge and practice of chemical laboratory safety
      • All newly admitted chemistry graduate students are considered for graduate assistant funding.
    • Sustainable Construction Management & Engineering
              • Submit an application to Judy Barton, jabarton@esf.edu, 202 Baker Lab
              • Deadline for 2014-2015 AY applications: (priority consideration) February 3, 2014.
              • Work obligations may include assisting in teaching classes or laboratories, tutoring students, grading student papers
              • Topics that require assistantship support typically include: statics, mechanics, construction management courses such as estimating, planning and scheduling, safety; and wood science courses including wood anatomy and identification, wood composite products; electron microscopy
        Environmental & Forest Biology
          • Submit an application to Sandra Polimino, 246 Illick Hall
          • Graduate assistants provide support for all courses with the EFB prefix and work obligations may involve providing classroom or recitation instruction, preparing laboratories, supervising field trips, or grading papers
          • Deadline for 2014-2015 AY applications: TBA
    • Environmental Resources Engineering
      • Specific areas of service vary by semester.
      • Work obligations typically support the delivery of courses throughout the Environmental Resources Engineering curriculum, including those in Ecological, Geospatial, and Water Resources Engineering.
      • All newly admitted and current Environmental Resources Engineering graduate students are considered for graduate assistant funding.
    • Environmental Studies
        • Submit application and supporting materials to “2014/15 Graduate Assistantship Application”, Dept. of Environmental Studies, 107 Marshall Hall
        • Work obligations may include working as a teaching assistant in an Environmental Studies, Communication, or Writing course; tutoring students in the ESF Writing Center; or assisting faculty research. Courses include but are not limited to: CMN 220, EST 132, EST 200, EST 201, EST 220, EST 221, EST 245, EST 321, EST 361, EST 390, EST 426.
        • Deadline for 2013-2014 AY applications: March 1, 2014
    • Forest & Natural Resources Management
        • Submit an application to Ms. Kim Collins, 320 Bray Hall.
        • Evaluations of graduate assistant performances are completed by the course instructors.
        • Work responsibilities may include attending class and/or laboratories, tutoring students, maintaining office hours for individual student assistance, or grading papers.
        • Topics that require assistantship support typically include: economics, ecology and silviculture, management, natural resources policy, recreation, soils, statistics & measurements, and water resources.
        • Deadline for 2014-2015 AY applications: March 1, 2014 (2 p.m.)
    • Environmental Science
        • Graduate Program in Environmental Science (including ES PhD and ENRP PHD)
        • Submit an application to Ms. Cariann Linehan, clinehan@esf.edu
        • Work obligations will include assisting in college-wide environmental science courses
        • Awards may cover a semester, part of a semester, or the academic year
        • Applications for 2014-2015 will be reviewed beginning: February 10, 2014.
    • Landscape Architecture
        • Submit an electronic application to Ms. Caroline Bailey, cbbailey@esf.edu
        • Work obligations support courses associated with undergraduate and graduate programs in landscape architecture research programs, and the Centers for Community Design Research, National Park Service Cultural Landscape and Brownfield Studies.
        • Deadline for 2014-2015 AY applications: Electronic applications are due to Caroline Bailey (cbbailey@esf.edu) by Monday, March 21, 2014.
    • Paper & Bioprocess Engineering
        • The department considers all graduate students for funding as long as they are not supported by external sources such as: external governmental agencies, Fulbright and similar awards and external industrial support.
        • Graduate students must indicate their interest in funding to their major professor, department chair, or graduate coordinator to be considered.
        • Work obligations may include assisting in classes or laboratories, tutoring students, or grading student papers.
        • Some fellowships are available from foundations supporting the graduate program. Such awards are made by a selection committee and graduate students apply for them during the academic year as they are announced.

Research Project Assistant (RPA)

  • Requires full-time matriculation in a graduate degree program
  • May be awarded for as short as a single pay period or as long as multi-year obligations
  • Maximum of 20 hours per week obligation while classes are in session
  • Stipends vary by assistantship -- Average stipend is $11,830 per calendar year (based on 20 hours per week)
  • Tuition scholarships may be awarded
  • Includes one-time participation in portions of the Colloquium on Teaching & Learning
  • Paychecks are received at the end of the payroll period worked
  • Awarded by individual faculty members who serve as Principal Investigators for sponsored research contracts with the SUNY Research Foundation

Graduate Fellow

  • Total awards vary by fellowship sponsors
  • Funds are awarded according to individual fellowship guidelines
  • Fellowships are awarded by Faculty fellowship representatives and include some of the following:
    • State University of New York (SUNY) Diversity Fellow - Guidelines HERE (Word)
    • For more information, contact the Graduate School, 227 Bray Hall, (315) 470-6599
    • Edna Bailey Sussman Fellow
        • Provides funding for students matriculated in graduate degree programs at ESF via an annual proposal process.
        • See the guidelines at the Edna Bailey Sussman website

Non-ESF Sources of Funding

ESF Graduate students are eligible to apply for funding supported by sources other than graduate assistantships or fellowships. Information about these opportunities is posted when available on the Non-ESF Sources of Funding page.


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