Fellowships, Assistantships, Financial Aid

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.

Fellowships and Assistantships

A limited number of departmental fellowships and assistantships are available for qualified graduate students. Departmental assistantships include a stipend for the academic year and a full tuition scholarship. 

All full-time degree students are automatically considered for all fellowships and assistantships for their first year. After successful completion of their first year of graduate work in the department, only those students pursuing the PhD degree will be eligible for financial assistance.

Teaching Assistantship (TA) Expectations
Graduate student employees on a full assistantship are generally expected to provide 20 hours of service per week. Employees in this bargaining unit are engaged in professional activities of such a nature that the output produced or the result accomplished often cannot be precisely measured in relation to a given period of time. It is therefore anticipated that there will be fluctuations above and below these general expectations. Your professional activities will generally relate to your program of study. Continuation of your assistantship will be contingent upon satisfactory job performance, as well as satisfactory academic progress toward your academic degree.

Travel Aid

Graduate students are eligible for up to $500 per academic year toward expenses related to attending academic conferences.

Additional Financial Support

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Awards and Fellowships

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.

UB Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

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.

UB Office of Financial Aid

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. 

UB Office of Student Accounts

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.

Understanding the Funding Process

There are a range of ways to fund your graduate education. At the University at Buffalo, funding decisions are made by the programs to which you apply. Some programs admit with full funding packages, including tuition, stipend and waived fees, while others admit with partial or no funding packages.