RF Graduate Student Employee Benefits

The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) offers an array of benefits to eligible employees. These benefits can add an exceptional value to your employment.

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How to Enroll in Your Benefits

I Am a New Graduate Student Research Assistant

When your department has submitted your appointment information to Human Resources you will receive notification from Human Resources about your benefits eligibility and upcoming benefit orientation sessions.

Enrollment is voluntary — you will not be automatically enrolled in the GSEHP. You will need to attend a benefits orientation session to enroll. Once you have attended a benefits orientation you will be able to enroll online at the RF SUNY website.

Newly eligible employees must enroll within 45 days of their appointment begin date. If you do not attend a session and do not enroll within 45 days of your appointment begin date, you may be subject to a late enrollment period, which would delay your benefits.

I Am a New Graduate or Postdoctoral Fellow

To enroll a fellow into the health insurance plan, we require a completed enrollment form along with a letter from the Principle Investigator on department stationary giving us authorization to charge the cost of the health insurance to the specific grant.

In the letter we require the fellow’s name, person number, social security number period of time for the fellow to be covered. Please include the project, task and award to be charged, and if the project will be paying for individual, individual plus one, or family coverage.

Health Insurance is charged to the grant for the full cost, it is not charged to the fellowships paycheck.

I Am a Returning Graduate Student Employee

Welcome back to the RF. If you are a graduate Research Assistant returning after a break in service longer than 28 days you will need to re-enroll in benefits within 45 days of your return date. You may enroll in your benefits at the RF SUNY website.

If you are a returning Fellow please contact the benefits office.

Download RF SUNY Benefits Bulletin

RF SUNY Self Service

Download the Employee Self Service Guide

The RF Employee Self Service portal is where you can manage most of your employment tasks online. Start by setting up your account:

  1. Go to account set up
  2. Using the RF ID Number you were given when you were employed, create a password

The Research Foundation Employee Self Service portal offers many features:

  • Ability to quickly and accurately do tasks online, such as:
    • Enroll for benefits
    • Enter dependents and beneficiaries
    • Update your contact information
  • Easy access to your direct deposit payslips, paycheck stubs, tax forms and current benefits enrollment

Your Benefits

Medical Dental Vision Disability


Under New York State Law, the RF provides insurance coverage to replace a portion of your income when you are unable to work because of an illness or injury that was not caused by your job. The RF pays the insurance cost for all employees and enrollment is automatic.

  • After a seven calendar day waiting period, you receive 50 percent of your average salary for the eight weeks prior to disability, up to the maxmum benefit established under the New York State Disability Benefits Law (Currently $170 per week)
  • You can receive benefits while you remain disable, up to 26 weeks
  • Submit your medical claims to your health insurance plan
  • There is no wiaiting period if eligibility was established with a previous employer. If eligibility was not previously established, coverage begins:
    • After four (4) consecutive weeks of service for full-time employees
    • After 25 regular work days for part-time employees

Contact An Expert

Sean O'Brien.

Sean O'Brien

RF Benefit Services

Phone: 716-645-4485

Email: sobrien2@buffalo.edu

Zachary Jenney.

Zachary Jenney

Research Foundation Benefit Services

Phone: 716-645-4439

Email: zjenney@buffalo.edu