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Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program

Annual Fellowship Application Deadline: February 15

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program provides tuition funding for up to five students each year, who successfully demonstrate through their application that they will contribute to the diversity of the graduate student body.

Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • Member of a group underrepresented in your field of study (e.g., male in a historically female career or female in traditionally male career, or a minority in a field of study with few minorities)
  • First-generation college student
  • Non-traditional student (e.g., single mother or father or older adult student)
  • Person with a disability
  • Person from an economically disadvantaged background

Fellowship funds are determined by the campus, based on annual funding available from New York State.  Typically 3 full in-state tuition awards and 2 partial awards are offered each year.  Recipients receive a credit to their college account, and any funds in excess of college charges may be used for other educational expenses, including books and supplies, room, meals, personal and transportation.


To be eligible for a SUNY Plattsburgh Graduate Diversity Fellowship, an applicant must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  2. Be a newly applying full-time graduate student to a master's or certificate of advanced study degree program
  3. Be able to contribute to the diversity of a graduate degree program or field of study
  4. Have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.
  5. Have high intellectual and professional promise
  6. Have completed a Diversity Fellowship application, as well as an application for admission for fall by February 15.

Application Procedure

A short online application and a 400 word or less essay are required to apply for the Diversity Fellowship.

The deadline to apply for a 2018-2019 fellowship has now passed. 

The application for the 2019-2020 fellowship will open in Fall 2018. 

Selection will be made by the Diversity Fellowship committee, and based on the eligibility requirements described above, quality of prior academic record, and financial need (as reflected in a FASFA or copy of most recent income tax statement).  Announcements of awardees will take place after the February 15 deadline and after admission review committees have made their decisions about whom to accept to their academic programs.


Recent Diversity Fellowship Recipients

Kristen Shattuck (2017)

Major: Student Affairs and Higher Education
Hometown: Plattsburgh, New York

"When I first found out I received the Diversity Fellowship, I was speechless. Less than a year earlier, I learned that I could not attend Graduate school at a different college because I couldn't afford it. To know that I would finally be able to attend Graduate school as a first generation college student was and still is unbelievably incredible. Without this fellowship, I would not be where I am now and for that, I am forever grateful."


Raneem Kurzum (2017)

Major: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York

"I initially heard about the fellowship while researching the different ways that I could fund my studies. Eventually, the news came that I was accepted to both the school and the fellowship! I was elated, and it felt like all of my time spent going through diverse experiences outside the norm was recognized and appreciated. I feel incredibly fortunate and honored to have received the Diversity Fellowship and would encourage anyone else who has a story to tell to take that jump and apply because you may just be surprised with an acceptance letter. Thank you SUNY Plattsburgh."


TPhoto of Tatiana Windleyatiana Windley (2016)

Major: Speech-Language Pathology
Hometown: Staten Island, New York

"The highlight of my academic career was being a recipient of the Diversity Fellowship. As I searched for graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology, it was clear to me that my financial burden would follow me. I could only afford to apply to three graduate programs. Even with an acceptance letter, I was still uncertain on whether I could afford to attend. My concerns were eliminated upon receiving the Diversity Fellowship. I was overwhelmed with emotions knowing that my hard work had finally paid off after years of struggling. SUNY Plattsburgh has made it possible for me to pursue a master's degree in the field of my dreams and, for that, I am eternally grateful."


Daniel Schanck (2016)

Major: School Psychology
Hometown: Peru, New York

"While applying for the School Psychology program, I heard about the Diversity Fellowship and how it offers applicants a large amount of funding for your first year in graduate school. I applied for the Fellowship and am so glad I did. My program is three years long, and with the Fellowship, my entire first year of in-state tuition costs have been covered. Receiving a Diversity Fellowship has been an honor and a privilege.  It has made an incredible difference in my life! If you are reading this and are considering applying, do it. This is a great opportunity!"


Contact Information

The Graduate Admissions Office is located on the first floor of the Kehoe Administration Building.

Phone: (518) 564-4723
Toll-Free: (800) 723-9515 (In U.S. and Canada)
FAX: (518) 564-4722
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Mailing Address:

Graduate Admissions Office—113 Kehoe
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681 USA