Graduate Stipends

Revised February 15, 2018

UB is committed to providing graduate students with excellent academic and professional experiences that will advance their education and careers. The talent, dedication and intellectual vitality brought to our campus by our graduate students is greatly valued by the university.

Graduate students who receive assistantships at UB are awarded a total financial package averaging about $38,000 annually.  This includes a stipend, a tuition scholarship and free health insurance.

Stipends are awarded to top students to recruit them into the program. These students then serve as teaching assistants within the program while earning their doctoral degrees. Teaching assistants are expected to put in no more than 20 hours toward their teaching effort per week — inclusive of contact time, preparation and office hours — during the nine-month academic year. Learning to teach constitutes a vital part of each student’s doctoral education.

As part of an ongoing review of graduate programs, the College of Arts and Sciences has announced a plan to strengthen the English department’s doctoral program and improve the program’s long-term competitiveness.

To be implemented in fall 2018, the four-year plan will help the UB English department better recruit and retain top doctoral students by raising the average amount of stipends awarded to teaching assistants to $18,000 in the plan’s first two years, an increase of $3,000 from current levels.

In the plan’s third and fourth years, the average teaching assistant stipend amount will increase to $19,000. By including scholarships and fellowships in the funding package, the very best doctoral students will receive funding in the $20,000 range. The plan also factors in an annual 2 percent increase to stipend levels over the next two years, per a new contract agreed upon by the Graduate Student Employees Union and New York State.

Under the new plan, English department stipends will exceed the national average of $16,364 among public institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of the top research universities in the U.S. and Canada, of which UB is a member.

The college also is currently engaged in a review of doctoral programs and stipend levels in the departments of Comparative Literature and Philosophy. The college has already worked with chairs to raise stipend levels in the departments of Communication, Biological Sciences and Chemistry.

Additional data:

  • The average stipend awarded at UB is competitive nationally at $17,343 for the nine-month academic year. This ranks UB 12th among 23 public universities in the Association of American Universities. UB’s average stipend figure is derived from official payroll data for 1,429 doctoral students who received stipends from UB departments in 2016-17.   
  • UB’s financial package for graduate assistantships is nationally competitive and reflects a university investment of more than $48.5 million in 2016-17.
  • UB’s investment in stipends and tuition scholarships has grown by $7.4 million over the past four years.
  • The UB Foundation provides $4.16 million annually in support of UB graduate students in the form of scholarships, fellowships and graduate student stipends.