Funding Information - SOPHAS

    Special Graduate Funding Opportunities
    Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program

    The University at Albany offers the competitive, merit-based Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program to full-time graduate students who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the graduate or professional program in which they will be enrolled. The award is named for Dr. Carson Carr, former director of UAlbany's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in recognition of his stellar achievements in support of the recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented students.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status, and
    • Demonstrate how you will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the program for which they are applying, including having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Economic disadvantage, although not a requirement, may be the basis for eligibility under this category.
    Apply: Submit an essay (maximum of 500 words) stating how you will:
    • Contribute to the diversity of the student body in your graduate or professional program
    • Commit/are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations and
    • Participate fully in all aspects of the fellowship program, including acting as a mentor and teacher for a wide variety of students
    Deadline: January 15, 2024 for Summer/Fall 2024 consideration. Late applications are not accepted. 

    Please email with any questions. 
    Graduate Opportunity Program

    The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) provides tuition assistance to Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), and Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) program graduates undertaking graduate study at a participating State University of New York institution. 

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • New York State resident.
    • Participated in EOP, HEOP, or SEEK as an undergraduate.
    • Applied and admitted to a graduate degree program or graduate certificate program requiring 30 credits or more at the University at Albany as a full-time student.

    Apply: Upload a fully complete (signed by both you and your EOP, HEOP or SEEK Director) GOP Certification of Participation form. Please note the form is a fillable PDF and should be opened in Adobe Reader for full accessibility. 

    Deadline: February 15, 2024 is the priority deadline for the 2024-23 academic year. Applications will continue to be accepted after that date.

    Please email with any questions. 

    Presidential Doctoral Fellowship for Research Training in Health Disparities
    Please submit the appropriate application essay to the head of the doctoral program to which you are applying and to the fellowship program at