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Undergraduate Funding

Financial Aid

UB Financial Aid Office


**Awards are dependent upon funding**

UB has various scholarships available based on a student’s high school record, SATs, talent, and need. These include Admissions Scholarships, Out of State Scholarships and others. Please refer to for details.

Undergraduate students may also find funding and research opportunities through the UB Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities. This can be an excellent way to further your research and creative work while earning money for school.

For questions on the scholarships listed, please contact Katie Mallinson at

Stanley Dampier Travis Memorial Fund 

A named scholarship in memory of Stanley Dampier Travis. Awards are granted annually to worthy undergraduate/graduate need based students.

Jean Taylor Beard Endowment [Dance Program Only]

A named scholarship in honor of Jean Taylor Beard to promote her interests and life-long career in dance. Awards are granted annually for guest choreographers/upper class dance majors for excellence in performance and choreography.

Amanda Occhino Award [Dance Program Only]

A named scholarship in memory of Amanda Occhino from Dr. Frederick M. Occhino. This yearly award is granted annually to sophomores and junior dance majors who exemplify enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the dance program.

The Steig O. Olson Endowment Fund [Graduate Programs Only]

A named scholarship in honor of Steig Olson, Class of 1948. Awards are granted to graduate students who intend to pursue a career in theater arts and have demonstrated commitment and ability to succeed in a theatrical profession. Preference will be given to candidates who, all things being comparable, can demonstrate financial need.

Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholarship

One four-year scholarship covering all resident tuition and fees, minus any other aid received, is available to an undergraduate Honors student in the creative or performing arts. To be considered, students must have an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of at least 27. A personal interview and a separate scholarship application are required. Contact the Honors College to request an application.

Honors students in the Department may also apply to the Honors College for funding to support independent projects. Past students have received grants to support design projects, dance concerts, and student-directed productions. More information on the Honors College is available here.


Graduate Funding

There are several ways to partially or fully fund graduate study in Theatre Performance.

Steig O. Olson Fund Scholarship

MA and PhD students are eligible to apply for a Steig O. Olson Scholarship, a named scholarship in honor of Steig Olson, Class of 1948. Awards are granted to students enrolled in the department’s Theatre programs. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. Both MA and PhD students are eligible to apply and the award may be combined with other sources of support, including Teaching Assistantships. Amounts given may vary year to year, but will usually be approximately $2500 per year.

Teaching Assistantships (PhD)

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University at Buffalo (UB) offers Teaching Assistantships (TAs). Each new assistantship provides a stipend of $13,500 for ten months, a full tuition scholarship, and generous health benefits. TAs may be assigned to assist a professor with a large lecture course and/or teach a course in the student’s area of expertise. Out-of-state students (not international) are required to apply for New York State residency during their first semester, and New York State residents must apply for TAP (Tuition Assistance Program).

Once awarded, students are eligible to renew the assistantship for 3 additional years, which can be used to fund up to two years of coursework and two years of dissertation research and writing.

Research & Travel Funding

In addition to other forms of support, PhD students are eligible to apply for departmental travel funds for research and conference travel, up to $1500 over the course of graduate study. Students must submit a proposal and preliminary budget to the Director of Graduate Studies.

University Fellowships & Scholarship

In addition to departmental support, graduate student may also apply to the following University Fellowships and Scholarships:

  • Presidential Fellowships
  • Deans Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowships
  • Morris Arts Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Graduate Educational Opportunity Program

For more information, please see funding opportunities.

For more information, please refer to costs of graduate study.