Fellowships

Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship are available to graduate students who need and qualify the financial aid.

Teaching Assistantship

A limited number of Teaching Assistantships are available to the Geography Department each year. The Department awards these on a competitive basis to both incoming students and presently enrolled students for the forthcoming academic year. Teaching Assistantships are generally not offered to students at the Masters level.

It should be kept in mind that these are part-time university jobs, and satisfactory performance is expected. Assistantship positions carry the protections of a union contract through the Graduate Student Employees Union.

A Teaching Assistantship is an instructional position. The assigned teaching responsibilities may include conducting laboratory sections, grading, and proctoring examinations. Full responsibility for teaching a course is usually undertaken by advanced Ph.D. students. Students who hold a Teaching Assistantship are expected to spend no more than twenty (20) hours per week on their assigned responsibilities.

Teaching Assistantships carry a stipend of $14,080 for the academic year; the amount usually increases in successive years. Assistantship holders do not pay tuition (which is $10,870 for New York State residents, and $22,210 for out of state residents/per Academic year), though they pay a small amount in fees. The total value of a Teaching Assistantship therefore is approximately $24,950 for NYS residents and $36,290 for all others.

Highly qualified students will be considered for additional awards on a competitive basis. Presidential Fellowships are $6,000 to $8,000 and Dean's Scholarships are $4,000. This is in addition to the Teaching Assistantship. Presidential Fellowships and Dean's Scholarships are renewable, subject to satisfactory performance, for three more years beyond the first year in the program.

Aid renewal is not guaranteed. Aid renewal eligibility extends to the end of the fourth year of the program. Assistantships are awarded through a competitive process which seeks to support students entering the program and continuing students most likely to complete successfully our Ph.D. program, particularly those already receiving aid, and, in any case, conditioned by the level of university funding.

It is a rule of the UB Graduate School that all foreign students who have been awarded Teaching or Research Assistantships must take the SPEAK test of English proficiency upon arriving on campus.

Fellowships

Currently only offering Fall Admission

  • Deadline for international students - March 1
  • Deadline for domestic students - May 1

For Funding Consideration:

Decisions are made in February for the upcoming academic year and generally offered only to PhD students. Applications completed by January 10 will all be evaluated for funding opportunities.

Fellowship requirements

Research Assistantship

Research Assistantships associated with sponsored research projects are also available periodically with competitive stipends and tuition awards.

Masters and doctoral students, whether incoming or presently enrolled, are eligible for a Research Assistantship. Students who hold a Research Assistantship are expected to spend no more than twenty (20) hours per week on their assigned responsibilities.

Through Research Assistantships, students are closely involved in cutting edge research conducted in the Department and in Research Centers associated with the department.

It is a rule of the UB Graduate School that all foreign students who have been awarded Teaching or Research Assistantships must take the SPEAK test of English proficiency upon arriving on campus.