Scholarships and Fellowships

The Department of Communication offers a limited number of teaching and research assistantships for especially well qualified PhD students.

PhD Funding

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PhD Funding Opportunities

  • Academic year stipends of $23,000 for all full-time, funded PhD students on 10-month academic teaching assistant, research assistant or graduate assistant appointments.
  • UB’s stipend levels are competitive among public Association of American Universities (AAU) member institutions.
  • Additional Fellowship Opportunities:
    • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program: To be eligible for a Schomburg Fellowship, candidates must contribute to the diversity of the student body, and can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive Schomburg Fellowships.
    • Presidential Fellowships: To be eligible for Presidential Fellowships, candidates must meet the criteria listed on the Presidential Fellowship page. Both domestic and international students are eligible, if they meet these criteria. For any questions regarding funding for academic year 2024–2025, contact the director of graduate studies or department chair.

Teaching Assistantships

The Department offers a limited number of Teaching Assistantships. Students receiveing assistantships are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week in instructional activity. Students interested in a Teaching Assistantship must have outstanding test scores, grades, and letters of recommendation. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must provide a completed application packet by January 15 to be considered for the following Fall semester.

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships are occasionally available through funded research of individual faculty members.

Other Funding

Opportunities also exist for students to apply for UB scholarships, such as the University’s Presidential Fellowship and the College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Scholarship. The University Fellowships & Scholarships office has information about nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships. In addition, the Graduate Student Association and the Department often assist students financially to present research at national conferences in communication.