Financial Aid and Assistantships

When you compare the cost of a UB education to national averages, the value is clear: Our tuition and fees are among the lowest and most competitive in the nation. The Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies is committed to producing graduates hampered by as little debt as possible.

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Join a community of scholars and researchers working together to solve pressing global problems. We are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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  • World-class faculty experts mentor PhD students in a dynamic research and learning environment. Students can focus on their research and scholarship alongside renowned faculty while preparing for the careers and professions that await them after graduation.
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Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are awarded competitively to two categories of students: incoming and continuing. Teaching assistantships are granted for periods of one year and are renewable up to a total of four years with satisfactory progress. Fifth-year funding is competitive and contingent on (a) department need and (b) availability of funds.

Please note: Fifth-year funding is not guaranteed. For further information, please review the GGSs Graduate Student Handbook.

PhD Funding Opportunities

  • Academic year stipends of $20,000 for all full-time, funded PhD students on 10-month academic teaching assistant, research assistant or graduate assistant appointments.
  • UB’s stipend levels are among the top five of 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 2020–2021, contact the director of graduate studies or department chair.

Schomburg Fellowship

If you are a minority or the first generation in your family to attend college, and you meet the academic guidelines, you may be eligible for a Schomburg Fellowship. To be considered, please submit an additional personal statement with your application to the department that explains why you would be a good candidate for this Fellowship. 

National Women's Studies Association Graduate Scholarship

NWSA will award $1,000 to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master's Thesis or PhD Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies. The research project must enhance the NWSA mission. This opportunity is open to current NWSA individual members.

Funding for International Students

International applicants are encouraged to begin their pursuit of financial aid with academic departments or scholarship organizations in their own countries. Some opportunities for aid for foreign students include:

Additional Funding Sources

Every year, several awards are made available to graduate students within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who apply for and receive an assistantship remain eligible for these awards.

Fellowships and scholarships are among the most valuable forms of aid you can receive and are designed to support students who have exceptional academic records and potential, or demonstrate need.

The GSA provides several services to the graduate student body, including conference funding, the Mark Diamond Research Fund and the Editorial Assistance Program.

Experience shows that students and families who take the time to understand their options benefit by receiving the maximum amount of eligible aid. The UB Financial Aid team is ready and willing to provide assistance as you navigate this process. 

The Office of Student Accounts provides up-to-date information on tuition and fees by semester. You can also receive walk-in assistance Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30am, at the Student Response Center, 1 Capen, North Campus.