Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships afford students the opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus. We offer more than 120 assistantships to graduate students each year! These opportunities are unparalleled by other institutions of our size and provide incredible experiences while offsetting the cost of tuition.

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Graduate Scholarships

Charles Turner Graduate Award

Amount: $1250
Recipient: 1
Deadline: April 1

  • Awarded to a graduating SUNY Oswego senior.
  • Must be accepted into/applying for any graduate program at SUNY Oswego.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • 1 letter of recommendation.
  • Cover letter discussing personal and career goals.
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Gary Klatsky Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1175
Recipient: 1
Deadline: April 1

  • Awarded to a graduating SUNY Oswego senior.
  • Must be accepted into/applying for Human-Computer Interaction, M.A. at SUNY Oswego.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 1 letter of recommendation.
  • Cover letter discussing personal and career goals as well as detailing financial need.
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Stephen and Ann Coco Graduate Scholarship Fund

Amount: $5350
Recipient: 1
Deadline: April 1

  • Must be accepted into/applying for a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services or Career and Technical Education. (Additional preference will be given to students from the western region of New York.)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 1 letter of recommendation.
  • Cover letter discussing personal and career goals as well as detailing financial need.
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William S. Barnes Graduate Award

Amount: $1125
Recipient: 1
Deadline: April 1

  • Must be accepted into/applying for any graduate program at SUNY Oswego.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 1 letter of recommendation.
  • Cover letter discussing personal and career goals as well as detailing financial need.
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Graduate Fellowships

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

The Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program supports full-time graduate students (U.S. citizens only) who will be a part of the diverse student body at SUNY Oswego. The program especially seeks to support those who can demonstrate they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to succeed in higher education.


Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowship

The Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowship seeks accomplished and motivated individuals who are eager to prepare for greater leadership responsibilities within their communities and professions. Applicants will propose self-designed learning experiences to help attain leadership goals that have been set. The program will expand the student’s experiences to new learning environments that would be inaccessible without the fellowship.


Graduate Support Awards

Graduate Student Conference Support

Graduate students enrolled in a graduate degree or certificate program at SUNY Oswego may apply for a maximum award of $250 toward registration costs once during their attendance at SUNY Oswego. Upon completion of the conference, the student must be prepared to share impressions of the experience at a colloquium such as QUEST. The Graduate Studies office will suggest options for completing this final activity. Requests for funding must include a completed application, a brief (200 words or less) description of the importance of the conference to your professional plans, the total amount of the registration fee, and support from a graduate faculty member. In addition, you should attach a copy or screenshot of the conference information, including location and date.

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GSEU Professional Development Awards Program

The Professional Development Program is funded under Article 30 Professional Development Committee of the 2016-2019 Agreement negotiated between New York State and the Communications Workers of America, Local 1104 / Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU). Funds are awarded for a variety of professional development projects or activities to assist eligible teaching assistants and graduate assistants develop their full professional potential or prepare for advancement.

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Additional Funding Opportunities

Oswego Alumni Association Inc.

William Steve Nikas Graduate Scholarship Thomas and Shirley Gooding Graduate Award Gileen W. French Scholarship for a student who has completed at least one year of study at SUNY Oswego Marilyn Burkell Roth and John Robert Roth Second Chance Scholarship for a graduate student planning to attend SUNY Oswego for a second year Virginia L. Radley Fellowship for a student pursuing a graduate degree in history Jack C. James Scholarship for non-traditional graduate student in the School of Education or the School of Business

Aulus Saunders Service Award (Nominations made by Art department)

Donald Snygg Graduate Scholarship (Nominations made by CPS)

Lucy Wing Memorial Fund (Nominations made by CPS)

Thomas H. Chapman Memorial Award (Nominations made by CPS)

Augustine Silveira, Jr. Research Award in Chemistry (Contact Chemistry department for application)

Graduate Chemistry Research Fellowship (Contact Chemistry department for application)

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External Opportunities

New York Women in Communications Scholarship Program
(Awarded to graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications)
Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program
(Awards eligible candidates full tuition benefit toward graduate degree in elementary or secondary education)
TEACH Grant Program
(Awarded students in exchange for a completion of a service obligation teaching in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families)
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Bachelor PLUS

The purpose is to create a pathway from undergraduate programs to graduate education. Eligible undergraduates can take up to 6 credits of graduate coursework for graduate credit, during their last semester, for undergraduate prices.

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Grants

You will find that grants for graduate students are more likely to originate with organizations that are looking for students in a particular area of study. We've called out a view grants useful to graduate students.

Faculty-student Challenge Grants

Up to $4,500. See the guidelines for deadline. Grants are for student-faculty collaboration projects to be completed during the summer following the award of the grant and/or during the following academic year.

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Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants

up to $1,000. Applications are due the first Monday in November. Grants are for student research projects working under the guidance of faculty sponsors. Funding is subject to availability.

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RISE Conference Travel Grant

The RISE Office, supported by the Provost, provides support for student travel to make presentations at conferences, exhibits or performances. Preference will be given to students who are presenting their own work.

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Deans' Writing Awards

Early in the spring semester, all departments and degree-granting programs on campus select the most outstanding written work submitted by their students during the preceding calendar year in order to present a Dean’s Writing Award in each major. Winning authors receive their awards along with certificates at a Quest Day ceremony, and winning pieces are both displayed in Penfield Library on Quest Day and archived on the Writing Across the Curriculum website.

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Federal Student Loans

If you are a matriculated student taking 6 credit hours or more or taking credit toward NYS certification in education and you are a US citizen, legal permanent resident or an eligible non-citizen, you can apply for unsubsidized loans. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Veterans

There have been many changes to the financial benefits to assist veterans attending Oswego. Our Veterans’ Office can help you with any questions or concerns you have.

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Information and Resources For Current Graduate Students

Graduate policies

Graduate academic procedures and regulations.

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Candidacy

It is the responsibility of the student to file for degree candidacy when 12 to 18 hours of graduate study have been completed. Hours over 18 are subject to forfeiture. The graduate director will conduct a review of the candidate’s academic performance. Evidence of graduate level ability and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required to qualify for the awarding of degree candidacy status.

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Writing Center

Graduate students have free access to the Writing Center, and can attend Write Ways Series workshops. Students can also access STAR-NY for online assistance through the link is on the Writing Center's homepage.

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Career Services for Graduate Students

Career Services at SUNY Oswego offers opportunities and services for all students, including undergraduate students considering graduate school, and graduate students pursuing careers.