Funding and Financial Aid

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.

Teaching Assistantships

Competitive assistantships are awarded to both incoming and continuing graduate students. Awards to incoming students are based on a variety of factors associated with their admission materials. Teaching assistantships are granted for a one-year period, renewable up to a total of four years with satisfactory progress.

The Schomburg Fellowship

If you are a minority or the first generation in your family to attend college, and you meet the academic guidelines, you may be considered for an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship. To be considered, please submit an additional personal statement as part of your application to the degree program, indicating why you would be a good candidate for this Fellowship.

Financial Aid Opportunities

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.