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

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 cannot work because of an illness or injury 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 before disability, up to the maximum benefit established under the New York State Disability Benefits Law (Currently $170 per week)
  • You can receive benefits while you remain disabled for up to 26 weeks.
  • Submit your medical claims to your health insurance plan
  • There is no waiting 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