Financial Aid and Assistantships

TA Wilder Escobar (2nd row, 4th from the right) and his Fall 2017 Spanish 101 class.

TA Wilder Escobar (2nd row, 4th from the right) and his Fall 2017 Spanish 101 class 

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships (PhD only)

Please note: The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures anticipates that graduate funding for the academic year 2020–2021 will be extremely limited.

Only students eligible to receive Schomburg Fellowships or UB Presidental Fellowships will be considered for funding. To be eligible for a Schomburg Fellowship, candidates must contribute to the diversity of the student body, and these fellowships are especially intended for those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive Schomburg 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 for Presidential Fellowships, if they meet these criteria. For any questions regarding funding for academic year 2020–2021, please contact Dr. Paola Ugolini, Director of Graduate studies.

The department further anticipates that enhanced graduate funding packages will be available in 2021–2022, in line with the university's new PhD Excellence Inititiative. Students interested in applying for admission for academic year 2021–2022 should consult this page for updates on this as they become available.

The deadline to apply with consideration for funding is December 15 of every application cycle.

College of Arts and Sciences Awards and Fellowships

To be considered for the Graduate Assistantship and enhanced fellowships, please submit your application no later than December 15. Applicants seeking an academic career in higher/postsecondary education who desire a teaching assistantship and scholarship support should apply for the PhD, even if they do not already hold an MA.

Dissertation Support

For dissertation support, qualified doctoral candidates may also apply for fellowships from the Graduate Student Association, the Humanities Institute and/or the Gender Institute.

Travel Aid

The department supports graduate student travel to present papers or chair sessions at conferences with a stipend of $400 per year.

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.

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.