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Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Both programs in architecture and planning offer competitive and nominative scholarships and fellowships to support your academic pursuits. Scholarships and fellowships are awarded on a highly competitive basis.

Department of Architecture

Brill Travel Scholarship

The Mike Brill Travel Scholarship celebrates the design initiatives of the late Michael Brill, a former architecture faculty member and a pioneer of design research of international significance. The Brill Scholarship supports international travel for our global studios programs. It was these particular interests and notable contributions to architecture and architectural education that inspired Brill's wife, Susan Weidemann, to create a program of travel scholarships that would enable students in the architecture program at UB to study abroad. The awards are made to students who have shown significant promise in their academic work at the school.

Brunkow Fellowship

The Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellowship was established for the School of Architecture and Planning by Kathryn Brunkow Sample and Steven B. Sample (former president of the University at Buffalo) in 1989. The Brunkow Fellow serves as the editor-in-chief of Intersight, the annual journal of the School of Architecture and Planning.

Cannon Design Scholarship

The Cannon Design Scholarship is open to new students applying to the graduate program or continuing graduate students. The recipient of the Cannon Design Graduate Scholarship is selected on a competitive basis from a pool of eligible students assembled by the chair of the Department of Architecture in consultation with a faculty advisory committee. Qualified applicants will submit a portfolio of work. A representative of Cannon Design and the chair will review the applications and select a scholarship recipient in late summer or early fall. The recipient of the CGS will commit to a summer internship/apprenticeship at Cannon, ideally earning IDP credit.

Faculty - Staff Scholarship

Supported by the faculty and staff of the School of Architecture and Planning, this scholarship is a testament to the active engagement and direct investment of our school community in the academic success of our students. The Faculty-Staff Scholarship is supported by an annual campaign and is eligible to graduate and undergraduate students in either architecture or urban and regional planning. 

Kideney Scholarship

Eligible to graduate students in the Department of Architecture, the Kideney Scholarship is designed to attract and retain top students and introduce them to Kideney Architects, a leading architectural practice based in Buffalo. The scholarship is critical investment in the next generation of architects and leaders for the Western New York community. Excluded from eligibility are 2nd year students in the MArch 2-Year program, and 3rd year students in the MArch 3.5-Year program. All other graduate students with a demonstrated record of design excellence and academic success are encouraged to apply.

Pella Competition - Sponsored by Pella and WESTNY Building Products

For more than a decade, the Pella Windows & Doors Store, a division of Pella/WESTNY Building Products Company, has sponsored a design competition at the UB School of Architecture and Planning with scholarship awards for student projects that integrate fenestration in architecture. It challenges eligible UB architecture students and aims to inspire new ideas and the design of buildings that integrate use of fenestration in architecture in interesting, innovative, unique and creative ways to capture more than light, air and view. Eligible students include seniors who have been admitted to continue in our Master of Architecture or dual degree programs and returning MArch or dual degree students.

Eleanor Smith Scholarship in Inclusive Housing

The school’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) welcomes interested candidates to the M.Arch or MUP programs or continuing students with a particular interest in inclusive housing to apply for the Eleanor Smith Scholarship. The program honors the intellectual legacy of Eleanor Smith, a disability rights activist and a pioneer in drafting and advocating for accessible housing policy. The Smith Scholarship provides $1,000 to support research on inclusive housing. Smith Scholars will be affiliated with the IDeA Center and work with a diverse team of faculty and staff. Interested students should notify Jordana Maisel at jlmaisel@buffalo.edu and include a personal statement about your interest in this research area.  

IDeA Center Fellowship in Inclusive Design

The school’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) welcomes interested candidates to the M.Arch or MUP programs, with a particular interest in inclusive design, to apply for a graduate assistantship with the Center. IDeA Center Fellows will engage in and advance the research and scholarship on the role of architecture and planning in building inclusive environments. The Fellowship offers one year of financial support, which could be extended to a second year, including full tuition and a competitive stipend. Fellows will be affiliated with the IDeA Center and work with a diverse team of faculty and staff on ongoing projects. Interested students should notify Jordana Maisel at jlmaisel@buffalo.edu and include a personal statement in their application that explains why they are interested in studying inclusive design. 

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Faculty - Staff Scholarship

Supported by the faculty and staff of the School of Architecture and Planning, this scholarship is a testament to the active engagement and direct investment of our school community in the academic success of our students. The Faculty-Staff Scholarship is supported by an annual campaign and is eligible to graduate and undergraduate students in either architecture or urban and regional planning. 

Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal Scholarship

This scholarship for Masters of Urban Planning students is endowed by Ibrahim Jammal, former professor and founder of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and his wife, Viviane. The award encourages MUP students to explore and research issues related to international planning, futures studies or globalization. The Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal fund also supports the annual Jammal Lecture program.

Jerome L. Kaufman Doctoral Fellowship in Food Systems Planning

The school's Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (Food Lab) also welcomes interested candidates to the PhD in Urban and Regional Planning to apply for the Kaufman Fellowship, the first doctoral fellowship in food systems planning in the U.S. The program honors the intellectual legacy of Professor Jerome L. Kaufman, FAICP, who laid the foundation of food systems planning research, pedagogy and practice within the discipline of urban and regional planning. Building on Professor Kaufman’s legacy, Kaufman Fellows will engage in and advance the research and scholarship on the role of planning in building healthy and equitable food systems. The Kaufman Fellowship offers three years of financial support including full tuition, a competitive stipend, and financial support for fellows to attend and present their research at conferences. Kaufman Fellows will be affiliated with the Food Lab and work directly with its director, Associate Professor Samina Raja.

Eleanor Smith Scholarship in Inclusive Housing

The school’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) welcomes interested candidates to the M.Arch or MUP programs or continuing students with a particular interest in inclusive housing to apply for the Eleanor Smith Scholarship. The program honors the intellectual legacy of Eleanor Smith, a disability rights activist and a pioneer in drafting and advocating for accessible housing policy. The Smith Scholarship provides $1,000 to support research on inclusive housing. Smith Scholars will be affiliated with the IDeA Center and work with a diverse team of faculty and staff. Interested students should notify Jordana Maisel at jlmaisel@buffalo.edu and include a personal statement about your interest in this research area.  

IDeA Center Fellowship in Inclusive Design

The school’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) welcomes interested candidates to the M.Arch or MUP programs, with a particular interest in inclusive design, to apply for a graduate assistantship with the Center. IDeA Center Fellows will engage in and advance the research and scholarship on the role of architecture and planning in building inclusive environments. The Fellowship offers one year of financial support, which could be extended to a second year, including full tuition and a competitive stipend. Fellows will be affiliated with the IDeA Center and work with a diverse team of faculty and staff on ongoing projects. Interested students should notify Jordana Maisel at jlmaisel@buffalo.edu and include a personal statement in their application that explains why they are interested in studying inclusive design. 

UB and National Fellowships and Scholarships

Explore other UB graduate fellowships and scholarships designed to attract and support graduate students who have exceptional academic records and potential. UB also maintains a fellowships website where you can learn more about nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships.

Scholarships and Fellowships

AAUW's Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in a designated degree program where women’s participation traditionally has been low, including architecture. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The AIA/AAF Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship provides assistance to high school graduates, college freshmen, and community college students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue a NAAB-accredited professional degree (5-year BA or BA + MA) in architecture.

The Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program is sponsored by New York State and offers support for historically underrepresented students in graduate programs across the university. Graduate departments nominate individual students for this award, which consists of both a stipend and tuition scholarship. Contact Shannon Phillips, assistant dean for graduate education, to further discuss the nomination process. 

Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

This award is granted to a New York City resident studying architecture in an accredited first-professional-degree program in New York State. The student must be recognized by the faculty as having strong academic abilities and financial need. The recipient must be a first-professional-degree candidate returning next semester for their last year of study.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports 30 individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the U.S. The Fellowship provides $20,000 maintenance and half tuition wherever the Fellow attends. 

The SOM Prize in architecture, design and urban design is a $50,000 research and travel fellowship that enables one outstanding student to do in-depth research, collaborate with other designers, and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. In addition to the grand SOM Prize, the Foundation also awards a $20,000 travel fellowship to the second strongest candidate.

The Urban Land Institute supports the Kenneth M Good Graduate Student Fellowship, providing eight scholarships annually, with no strings attached other than to finish the year of study, to deserving graduate students who are studying real estate, real estate development, or related subjects at a major North American University. 

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit.