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.

Application workshops will be held in 310 Student Union on the following days:

April: 18th at 11am

May: 1st at 1pm; 3rd at 10am; 9th at 10am; and 11th at 2pm

The final day to have your application reviewed by the MDRF Director is May 15, 2017.

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 Summer 2017 Application is now open! Please read the instructions thoroughly.

MDRF Summer 2017 Application

MDRF 2017 Application Instructions


Some helpful tools:

MDRF Summer 2017 Tutorial

Example Application #1 (partial application)

Example Application #2 (partial application)

Example Application #3 (with appendices)


Current MDRF Grading Rubric

Grading Rubric


Forms for MDRF Recipients



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.