Graduate Funding

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.

Doctoral Students

Successful applicants to the PhD programs typically receive financial support through state and/or research funding lines.  PhD applicants are also eligible for supplementary scholarships through the department’s nomination.

Master's Students

Special Funding Opportunity!

The Department of Psychology will provide $1000 in professional development funds for each new Master’s student entering the Fall of 2020.

These funds may be used to cover a variety of expenses at any time while the student is matriculated in the program, such as expenses incurred for the student’s master’s project, including paying research participants, advertising for study participants, special materials, equipment or software. The money can also be used for travel to a research conference or a workshop to augment the student’s training (e.g., advanced statistics workshop). The expectation is that the student will consult with his/her adviser on how to best use the funds.

Other funding for the MA program is limited. Possible funding sources include: University at Buffalo Graduate School Financial Aid, funding from a sponsoring faculty member’s research grant or university-affiliated employment.

The Schomburg Fellowship

The Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program funds exceptional PhD and (to a lesser extent) MA students. This fellowship offers support for historically underrepresented students in graduate programs across the university.

If you are eligible and would like to be considered, please include a 500 word statement with your department application describing how you will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the Psychology graduate program, including how you have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

Deadline: In order to be considered for the Schomburg Fellowship, both PhD and MA applicants must formally submit an online departmental application plus all application materials by November 30.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Additional information about costs of attendance and funding can be found through:

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.

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.