Fellowships and Awards

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PhD Funding

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PhD Funding Opportunities

  • Academic year stipends of $23,000 for all full-time, funded PhD students on 10-month academic teaching assistant, research assistant or graduate assistant appointments.
  • UB’s stipend levels are competitive among public Association of American Universities (AAU) member institutions.
  • Additional Fellowship Opportunities:
    • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program: To be eligible for a Schomburg Fellowship, candidates must contribute to the diversity of the student body, and can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive Schomburg Fellowships.
    • Presidential Fellowships: To be eligible for Presidential Fellowships, candidates must meet the criteria listed on the Presidential Fellowship page. Both domestic and international students are eligible, if they meet these criteria. For any questions regarding funding for academic year 2025–2026, contact the director of graduate studies or department chair.

All PhD applicants for full-time study are automatically considered for departmental financial support. These awards are based on academic merit, not financial need. We offer long-term fellowship support for four years, with a possible fifth year, and the holder of a fellowship can be assured of keeping that fellowship, provided that he or she is making normal progress toward the degree and is in good academic standing.

As of 1994, all state-supported graduate assistants are unionized through the Graduate Student Employees Union, which negotiates such issues as health-care insurance, salary increases, and grievance and arbitration procedures.

In addition to departmental Teaching Assistantships, outstanding applicants to the PhD program in Comparative Literature at UB may be considered for special university-based fellowships. Nominations for these fellowships will be made by the department and forwarded to a committee of the College of Arts and Sciences for review. Fellowship recipients will be notified by mid-March.

To find out more about these fellowships, see:





Presidential Fellowships

The Presidential Fellowship Program, inaugurated in Fall 1984, is designed to support students of proven excellence in UB’s various graduate departments.

Presidential Fellowships, awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Graduate School, provide $7,500.00 annually, in addition to the full tuition scholarship* and a ten-month teaching assistant stipend of approximately $16,000. They may be renewable for four years. 

Dean's Fellowships

Dean’s Fellowships are similar to Presidential Fellowships: they provide a full tuition award*, plus a ten-month stipend of approximately $16,000 with an additional $4,000 annually. They are renewable for four years.

Standard teaching assistantships, Presidential Fellowships and Dean’s Fellowships all require teaching only three sections of World Civilization recitations. Students may also propose an undergraduate course to teach after successful completion of their first academic year. 

Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program

UB’s Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program is sponsored by the SUNY office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and offers support for students in doctoral and master’s level programs across the university who can demonstrate that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Students in the Schomburg Fellowship Program have outstanding academic credentials that contribute to an impressive graduation and retention rate of close to eighty percent. Since its inception in 1987, over 500 academically talented students have received support through this fellowship program.

The Schomburg Fellowships are four-year awards with an annual stipend up to $10,000, plus a full award of graduate tuition*. These fellowships are awarded in addition to teaching assistantships, which carry a stipend of $16,000. For more information on this fellowship, see Schomburg Fellowship Information

*Fees are not covered by these awards.