Financial Aid and Funding

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Assistantships, Scholarships, and Fellowships

PhD students who wish to apply for financial aid are encouraged to apply before January 2 for Fall enrollment. 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 $20,000 for all full-time, funded PhD students on 10-month academic teaching assistant, research assistant or graduate assistant appointments.
  • UB’s stipend levels are among the top five of 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 2021–2022, contact the director of graduate studies or department chair.
Departmental Funding Opportunities
  • The Department has twenty-two state-funded teaching, grading, research and student assistantships which currently provide a starting stipend of approximately $20,000 annually plus a tuition waiver
  • 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.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences offers Dissertation Fellowships of $4,000 annually for students in the third stage of the doctoral program.
  • Qualified applicants with an interest in cognitive science are eligible for an IGERT Fellowship offered jointly with the NCGIA.


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Due to the on-going global pandemic, PhD funding will be limited for fall 2021-2022 admission. We anticipate being able to fund very few new students. Potential applicants should consider this circumstance in making their decision to apply. In case of doubt, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies or the Director of Graduate Admissions. As circumstances change, this message will be updated.