Every year, a limited number of Teaching and Graduate Assistantships are made available to PhD students in the Department of Economics. These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to both incoming and current students for the forthcoming academic year.
A Teaching Assistantship is an instructional position. TAs may serve as the second instructor for a class or discussion section, or (advanced students only) may take full responsibility for an undergraduate course, including all assessments and the submission of final grades.
A Graduate Assistantship is a non-instructional position. GAs may be assigned duties in support of an individual faculty member’s research activities or, in some cases, may be asked to assume the duties normally assigned to Teaching Assistants.
Summer Teaching Assistantships are normally available for advanced students in addition to the academic year assistantships.
All PhD applicants, both domestic and international, are automatically considered for an assistantship if they submit their PhD application before the Feb. 1 deadline. No special forms or additional application materials are required.
All international students are strongly encouraged to take the SPEAK test. Students on or seeking financial aid must pass the SPEAK test by the end of May in their second year in the program in order to be eligible for continued or new financial aid consideration.
The Kogut Brothers of New York Mills Economic Development Award (formerly the Joseph W. Kogut Economic Development Award), was established in 2007 by Frederick J. Kogut and Nina F. Kogut-Akkum. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support outside the required curriculum to UB undergraduate or graduate students engaged in efforts related to improving the economic development of Africa and/or upstate NY, or any other activity related to the Peace Corps.
The department funds approx. 8-10 PhD students per year. All master's students and any PhD students who do not receive departmental funding are still eligible for College of Arts and Sciences and university-wide funding.