Fellowships, Assistantships and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

The Department of Linguistics is able to offer a limited number of assistantships, which carry a tuition scholarship and living stipend. Outstanding candidates may be recommended for Presidential Fellowships, which are four-year graduate assistantships with a significantly enhanced stipend and a tuition scholarship. There are also special fellowships for outstanding minority applicants.

In addition to the regularly-funded departmental graduate assistantships, there may also be research assistantships funded by sponsored research projects in the department. The amount of funding available in any given year is reliant on the number of sponsored projects being carried out by the faculty.

The deadline to apply with consideration for departmental assistantships or Presidential Fellowships is December 15 of every application cycle.

Language Teaching Assistantships

The Linguistics Department also offers special opportunities for full financial support (tuition scholarship and stipend) to students who are fluent speakers* of Chinese, German, Japanese, or Korean. Students must be either 1) Native (or near-native) speakers interested in advanced training in American-style linguistics, or 2) Non-native speakers who have become fluent through some combination of formal study and immersion experiences. Recipients of this funding must be willing to teach classes in their language of expertise. 

With questions regarding foreign language teaching assistantships, please contact the relevant faculty member:

Chinese: Professor Mitsuaki Shimojo

German: Professor David Fertig

Japanese: Professor Mitsuaki Shimojo

Korean: Professor EunHee Lee

*Students fluent in Arabic, American Sign Language, Greek (Modern), Hindi-Urdu, Polish, or Russian, should contact Mitsuaki Shimojo, Director of Language Programs, to inquire about teaching assistantship opportunities in these langauges. 

University Financial Aid

In addition to departmental funding, there are a variety of university-wide financial aid options available for graduate students at UB. Linguistics applicants wishing to apply for student loans, grants, or work-study positions should contact the UB Office of Financial Aid for further information.

The deadline to apply for UB financial aid is April 15 of each application cycle, and early application is strongly recommended.