Financial Aid and Funding

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Assistantships, Scholarships, and Fellowships

PhD students who wish to apply for financial aid for Fall 2024 enrollment are encouraged to complete their applications well before the January 2, 2024 deadline. Their supporting materials (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) must also be submitted by January 2, 2024. At this time, MA students are not eligible for financial aid.

Approximately two-thirds of our active graduate students have been funded from a variety of financial resources. Some appointments include various forms of assistantships. Several scholarships and fellowships are also available.

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.
Departmental Funding Opportunities for PhD Students
  • Teaching Assistantships: The Department has fifteen state-funded teaching, grading, research and student assistantships which currently provide a starting stipend of approximately $20,000 annually plus a tuition waiver
  • Hourani Endowment Fellowship: Qualified applicants with an interest in ethics are eligible for Hourani Endowment Fellowships which supplement other assistantships with a stipend top off award of $2,000.
  • Dissertation Fellowship: The College of Arts and Sciences offers Dissertation Fellowships of $4,000 annually for students in the third stage of the doctoral program.
  • IGERT Fellowship: Qualified applicants with an interest in cognitive science are eligible for an IGERT Fellowship offered jointly with the NCGIA.


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