Mark Diamond Research Fund

This is the 45th year of the Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF). The MDRF gives grants to graduate students for research expenses related to their thesis or dissertation. PhD students may apply for up to $2,500, MFA students for up to $2,000, and Master’s students for up to $1,500. The MDRF grant is only for University at Buffalo graduate students in programs participating in the Graduate Student Association and who have not waived the student activity fee. Applicants should be in the latter stages of research.


If you have any questions, please contact MDRF Director Jennifer Schechter at or stop by during office hours.


MDRF Application Deadlines for 2016-2017

Please note: electronic applications are due by 3pm on the due date. Hard copies are due by noon in the GSA office the following business day. Failure to meet either of these deadlines will result in the automatic rejection of your application.

FALL: Friday, September 23, 2016 for research to be conducted November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2017

SPRING: Friday, February 17, 2017 for research to be conducted April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018

SUMMER: Thursday, May 25, 2017 for research to be conducted July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018


Applying for the MDRF


The Spring 2017 application is now closed. The Summer 2017 application and materials will be available mid-March.



MDRF Funding Award Table

Funding Awards

Grading Rubric


Forms for MDRF Recipients


MDRF Policy Committee

The Mark Diamond Research Fund has been under review by a committee of graduate student volunteers. This committee worked over the Summer of 2016 to review the MDRF policies and procedures and is now in the process of presenting their MDRF Committee Final Report findings and recommendations to the GSA Senate for a vote.  The GSA Senate will take the final vote on these recommendations at the December 7th meeting. If you are interested in contributing to the discussion and voicing your opinion on these proposals please feel free to attend this meeting. Senate meetings are open to the public, however please note that only elected Senators and Alternates are eligible to vote.

Please find attached here a side by side version of the Committee’s recommendations and the GSA’s responses.


About Mark Diamond

Mark Diamond attended the University at Buffalo as a graduate student in the 1980s. He was very active in the Graduate Student Association and worked tirelessly to continue making research funds available to UB graduate students, regardless of their area of study, as Director of the then “Graduate Resource Access Development Fund.”

This fund was an initiative that was started by the Graduate Student Association in 1971 to help students gain access to funds needed in order to complete their research goals. Unfortunately, Mark perished in an automobile accident after having served as the fund director from 1981-1985. As a tribute and legacy to him, the Graduate Student Association voted to rename the research grant fund in 1986 in his honor. The grant is funded through the mandatory graduate student activity fee and the Graduate School.