Fellowships, Scholarships, Awards

Each year the Department supports approximately fifty graduate students, most as teaching assistants. Unlike many other universities, during the first three years of study teaching assistants do not teach their own classes, but instead meet with students in small recitation sections. This means that the time required for teaching duties here is generally less than the time required at other institutions.

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Our Scholarships, Assistantships, and Teacher Training

Some advanced graduate students (usually those who have continued beyond the fourth year) have the opportunity to teach their own sections of lower division courses. Students participate in a teaching workshop, and each student's development as a teacher is monitored and guided through both faculty and student evaluations. Exceptional performance in teaching is recognized annually by Excellence in Teaching awards of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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.


Graduate student fellowships and awards within UB include College Fellowships, Presidential Fellowship, Dean's Scholar Program, and Dissertation Fellowships, among others.  

Prospective Students

PhD Funding

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