Welcome to the 50th year of the Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF)! The MDRF offers grants to graduate students for research expenses related to their thesis or dissertation. PhD students may apply for up to $3,000, MFA students for up to $2,000 and Masters 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 Courtney Doxbeck at gsa-mdrf@buffalo.edu. Please note: due to the high volume of emails and applications for review, the Director does not schedule application review meetings within two weeks of a deadline.

MDRF Application Deadlines for 2021-2022

PLEASE NOTE: Electronic applications are due by 3:00pm on the due date.  Failure to adhere to this deadline will result in the automatic rejection of your application. The following deadlines are for the electronic submissions:

FALL: Friday, September 17, 2021, for research to be conducted November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022

SPRING: Friday, February 11, 2022, for research to be conducted April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023

SUMMER: Friday, May 20, 2022, for research to be conducted July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

All application cycles will be electronic-submission only through our new grant management system via the link below.

Applying for the MDRF

The Fall 2021 MDRF grant application is now open!

MDRF Fall 2021 Application Instructions

MDRF Application Tutorial


Note: If you are a first-time applicant, you must register an account to fill-out and submit an application. Please use your UB email address when registering.

Important changes regarding application submission:

  1. No applications or forms will be accepted via email. Applications sent via email are considered incomplete and will be automatically rejected!
  2. All forms, including signed CMA forms and Letters of Research Support, must be uploaded to the application system. There are no exceptions.

Decisions regarding your application will be issued by October 31st, 2021. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Advisors cannot email the MDRF Director regarding decisions.

Committee Member Assurance Form

MDRF Regulations and Penalties

Grant Application Workshops and Review

Application Workshops: The MDRF application workshop can be accessed via the links below.  After reviewing these videos, any additional questions can be addressed via email or during office hours.

MDRF Workshop Video Part 1

MDRF Workshop Video Part 2

Application Review: The deadline for application review for the fall grant cycle has passed, and applications can no longer be accepted for review. Please note that no meetings will be scheduled following to review any parts of the application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to read the instructions and follow the guidelines. You are always welcome to email any questions you have about the deadlines or the application to gsa-mdrf@buffalo.edu.

Forms for MDRF Recipients

Please Note: The requisition request form is an online form used for all of the GSA’s business. The Account Number is N/A for MDRF recipients (please mark with zeros). If you have any questions, please contact the MDRF Director or the GSA professional staff!

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.