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. 

CAMBI Fellowship

The CAMBI Fellowship promotes the pursuit of interdisciplinary biological physics graduate research, and retention of the best and brightest graduate students in physics. This fellowship is awarded based on a student’s demonstration of excellence in their first year of graduate study, and supplies financial support in addition to the recipient's annual stipend. 


Both domestic and international students are eligible for the award. All applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate excellent academic achievement through a minimum 3.0 GPA based on core physics courses.
  2. Demonstrate excellent research achievement through independent study in biological physics under the supervision of one of the biological physics faculty.
  3. Have completed no more that 12 months of graduate study at the University at Buffalo.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit an application letter, including their current GPA, and a one-page proposal on the biological physics research they intend to pursue at UB. 

The annual deadline is July 1. Faculty in biological physics will choose the recipient on or before April 30. If chosen to receive this fellowship, the recipient must commit his/her efforts to summer research in biological physics in the Department of Physics.

For further information on this fellowship, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Frank B. Silvestro Fellowship

The Frank B. Silvestro Fellowship is available through a generous endowment from Frank B. Silvestro, UB class of '62 and '68. Currently, these funds are used to support students pursuing graduate degrees. Most years, more than one award is available. 


Every graduate student in the Department of Physics is eligible for this fellowship, though preference will be given to students who show academic promise and demonstrate financial need. 

To Apply:

Students must self-nominate in the form of a letter directed to the chairman of the Silvestro Scholarship Committee in the Department of Physics. The letter should include details of the student's academic progress, and the financial assistance required to continue graduate studies in physics. If a student has made a decision about their future research, or selected an advisor, they should include this information in the letter. 

John Ho and Martha Leung Scholarship

The John Ho and Martha Leung Scholarship was established in 2015 with a generous endowment from physics colleague Professor John Ho and his wife, Dr. Martha Leung. This scholarship aims to provide support to physics graduate students in their academic pursuits. Currently, this scholarship recognizes the academic achievement of early-career graduate students, particularly those who come to UB without additional support. 

For further information on this scholarship, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Om and Saraswati Bahethi Foundation Scholarship Fund

The Om and Saraswati Bahethi Foundation Scholarship Fund has been established by our generous alumnus Om P. Bahethi and his wife Saraswati Bahethi. Dr. Bahethi received his Ph.D. from our department in 1973 under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Michael Fuda, after receiving his undergraduate and masters degrees in India. He is the founder and the Chairman of the Board of Science Systems and Applications (SSAI). This endowment is used to offer undergraduate and graduate (both masters and Ph.D.) scholarships to students who are showing great promise for future success, especially those with difficult socio-economic backgrounds, as Dr. Bahethi had.​

For further information on this fellowship, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Physics International Graduate Student Memorial Fund

The Physics Graduate Students Memorial Fund was established in January 2010 with a generous endowment from former CAS Dean Bruce D. McCombe, SUNY Distinguished Professor, in memory of three former UB graduate students: Christian Meining, Yong-Jie Wang and Taeman Yeo. This fund will be used to provide assistance to international graduate students, with preference given to Asian students and first-year PhD candidates who demonstrate financial need and academic promise. Funds are awarded annually.

For further information on this fund, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Gasparini Prize for outstanding Ph.D. theses

This endowment was established by SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dr. Frank Gasparini, and his wife Lucile. It is to be awarded annually and provides a mechanism to honor students who have carried out outstanding research as Ph.D. students and also a boost to jump start their careers.

For further information please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

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.