Jobs & Assistantships

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Working through college is more than a source of income, it's your opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable work experience. Visit UB's Career Design Center website for information about on- and off-campus jobs, including work study, part-time and summer opportunities as well as jobs for international students.

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Assistantships at UB

Assistantships give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge while providing financial support. Recipients of full assistantships generally work approximately 20 hours per week. In return for this commitment, students are paid a stipend and may also receive a full or partial tuition scholarship. Recipients are still responsible for school fees.

Interested in assistantships?

Contact your department about available assistantship opportunities, including deadlines and criteria for assistantship awards.

Types of Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

Teaching assistants (TA) assist instructors in with their courses.

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

Graduate assistants (GA) serve as a support-person at their university of study.

Research Assistantships (RA)

Research assistants (RA) help faculty conduct their research.

Teaching and graduate assistantship appointments are typically made by individual departments, usually on an annual basis. Research assistant awards are provided by departments and/or faculty members holding research grants or contracts.

Assistantship Requirements

  • Assistants must be full-time matriculated graduate or professional students at UB who are able to devote their full attention to their graduate program.
  • Ordinarily, it is expected that assistants will not hold jobs outside the university; the department chair may grant exceptions to this policy in cases of unusual economic necessity or other extraordinary circumstances.
  • Teaching and graduate assistants on the state payroll are unionized at the University at Buffalo and receive benefits through their affiliation with the Graduate Student Employees Union, including state-subsidized health insurance and a transportation fee waiver

For more information about policies regarding the award and use of graduate tuition scholarships, please see the Provost’s Guidelines for Graduate Tuition Scholarships.