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Graduate Fellowship Program

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Graduate Fellowship Program allows eligible graduate students to work part-time in a position related to their academic and/or professional goals while enrolled in a master’s or graduate certificate program at SUNY Plattsburgh. Fellowship positions can include research assistantships, teaching assistantships or paraprofessional roles which will provide skills/experience relevant to the student’s career goals.

Graduate fellows can work up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and 29 hours per week during winter and summer. Fellows are paid $19 per hour and earn up to $11,400 during the year. Graduate fellowships are funded by the federal work-study program. Award amounts are determined by Student Financial Services and cannot exceed a student’s unmet financial need. 

The 2024–25 fellowship application is now open.

Fellowship Positions

How to Apply for Fellowships

  • Complete the SUNY Plattsburgh Fellowship Application, including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.
  • File a FAFSA for the academic year of the fellowship to which you are applying. Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Ensure that you are matriculated in a graduate program for the period of the fellowship.
  • Be selected for an interview and offered the position by the hiring department.


  • SUNY Plattsburgh student enrolled in a master’s or aid-eligible graduate certificate program. Because funds from the federal work-study program are need based, many students will need to be full time to qualify. Students may check eligibility with Student Financial Services.
  • Must file a FAFSA and be financially qualified for federal work-study. 
  • Graduate fellows can be enrolled in main campus or online programs, but must be able to fulfill their work obligation on the main campus in Plattsburgh or at an approved off-campus location.
  • Students must maintain good academic standing.
  • Fellowships are open to new graduate students, as well as continuing.
  • Fellows may not receive work-study funds for positions where they are also receiving academic credit if other students in the same roles are not being compensated (i.e., student teaching, counseling practica, etc.)


  • Be paid $19 per hour and earn up to $11,400 during the year.
  • Work in a paraprofessional position appropriate to prior education and work experience.
  • Gain experience and academic/professional contacts relevant to your goals.

Additional Information

  • Fellows receive a paycheck every two weeks.
  • Fellowships are funded by the federal work-study program and the income is taxable.
  • Occasionally a position may become available in the spring semester — please inquire as to the availability of these.
  • Not all fellowships are available every year.
  • Applications are reviewed by the department offering the fellowship. The department will be in touch should they wish to schedule an interview.
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