Fellowships, Assistantships and Awards

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 2021–2022, contact the director of graduate studies or department chair.

A limited number of the following assistantships and fellowships are available to accepted PhD candidates: 

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship (Tuition scholarship + $20,000 stipend per year)
  • Presidential Fellowship (Graduate Teaching Assistantship + $7,500 stipend per year)
  • Schomburg Fellowship (Graduate Teaching Assistantship + up to $10,000 stipend per year (for up to 5 years))
  • Dean's Fellowship (Graduate Teaching Assistantship + $4,000 stipend per year)

Accepted Master's applicants, and accepted PhD applicants who do not receive an assistantship or fellowship, may be eligible for assistance through the College of Arts and Sciences or the University at Buffalo

Further Fellowship Opportunities for Current Graduate Students

In addition to the teaching or research positions offer, the department awarded in 2017/18 fellow- and scholarships totaling more than $80,000 to current graduate students. The following awards have been made available to graduate students through the Department of Physics and the generosity of donors. 

For further information on these awards, as well as general financial aid information for graduate students in physics, please contact Prof. Xuedong Hu, director of Graduate Studies.