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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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


The RF’s Graduate Student Employee Health Plan (GSEHP) provides hospital, medical, and prescription drug benefits to eligible fellows and graduate student employees. When you enroll in the GSEHP, you are automatically enrolled in the Dental Care and Vision Care plans.

The GSEHP is a preferred provider organization, or PPO, plan. In a PPO plan, hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers agree to join the plan’s provider network. These in-network providers, which include SUNY Student Health Centers, agree to charge reduced fees to plan participants, and the plan pays a higher percentage of the cost of care received from these providers. The plan allows you to visit any providers you choose, but visiting in-network providers can save you money and the time associated with filing claims for reimbursement. For most types of care received in-network, you pay only a copayment when you receive services (within plan limits).

When Your Coverage Begins and Ends

Coverage will begin on the first day of your appointment if you enroll during Open Enrollment.  If you are appointed after the Open Enrollment period, coverage will begin on the first day of appointment as long as you enroll within 45 days of your appointment.  Coverage is termed after the 28 day health extension under the POMCO plan.

Coverage Change from TA/GA to Research

If you are transferring to the Research Foundation payroll from the State payroll, making us aware of this change will help us prevent a lapse in your coverage.

Open Enrollment

Each year Research Foundation has an open enrollment period. During this time you may enroll if you have not previously done so, cancel your coverage or change your individual coverage to family coverage without a qualifying event.

2024 Biweekly Cost
2024 Biweekly Cost for the RF GSEHP
Coverage Level
Cost for Graduate Student Employees Cost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows
Individual $18.57 $185.68
Individual + 1 Dependent $72.87 $402.89
Individual + 2 or more Dependents $104.92 $531.07

Eligibility Requirements

The Research Foundation Graduate Student Health Plan (GSEHP) will be available to graduate students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • They are enrolled as a full-time graduate student
  • They are paid on a biweekly basis with a projected annual salary of at least $4,293 ($165.12 biweekly)
  • Appointed to a position with the Research Foundation where it is anticipated that funds will be available for an appointment period of at least one semester

J-1 Visa holders are eligible to enroll in the GSEHP, but must also purchase medical evacuation and repatriation insurance through SUNY Health Plan for International Students.

Summer Continuation of Health Insurance

Graduate student employees whose appointment will terminate between May 1 and May 31, 2024, and who are being reappointed to the RF payroll in the fall 2024 semester are eligible to continue their health insurance coverage through the summer by having advance health deductions taken from their paychecks prior to academic year termination.

Eligible and interested graduate students should:

  1. Obtain written confirmation from their Principal Investigator stating that they will be appointed in the fall semester.
  2. Submit the PI’s confirmation and written request for summer continuation of insurance by Friday, April 19, 2024, to:

RF Benefits Services
Townsend Hall
205 Hayes Road
South Campus 

A detailed letter will be sent to all active graduate student employees in March of 2024.

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