Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships


Cost of attendance at UB varies depending on a number of factors. A current estimate of tuition costs can be found here. Scholarships and assistantships are designed to attract and support graduate students who have exceptional academic records and potential. These awards may include a full or partial tuition scholarship, often include a stipend, and are designed to let the student concentrate on coursework and/or research.

Scholarships and Fellowships


CSEE awards research and teaching assistantships on a competitive basis to MS and PhD students with outstanding qualifications.

The 10-month stipend for full-assistantship awards is $18,125. A full-assistantship typically includes a full tuition scholarship. Assistantship awardees are also eligible for health insurance/benefits. In 2017, the total value of stipend and tuition support for a full assistantship was $26,279 for New York State residents and $34,775 for out-of-state residents.

Applicants and admitted students may also be nominated for additional fellowship support from UB programs, such as Presidential or Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowships, which provide an extra stipend, along with a teaching or research assistantship, or from external sources such as NSF fellowships, which make awards up to $30,000 per year. See the links above to these and other programs.

Doctoral students in the field of ecosystem restoration who are US citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for ERIE traineeships funded by the National Science Foundation. Traineeships include $30,000 stipends, full tuition waivers, and research and travel funds. Please visit the ERIE website for more information.

MS applicants who are New York State residents and have undergraduate GPAs of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point system), but have not been awarded assistantships, may be eligible to receive full or partial tuition scholarships depending on availability of funds.

Typically, teaching and research assistantships with tuition scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Applicants desiring financial aid should check the appropriate box on the application and comply with the specified deadlines.

Research support is generally administrated by individual faculty members directing research projects and not by the department. However, faculty members consult with the CSEE Director of Graduate Studies concerning the availability of qualified students seeking support. Research Assistants are typically selected from the pool of currently enrolled students that have completed at least one semester of coursework. Requests for research appointments from students not enrolled in the program are rarely considered by the faculty.

Teaching assistantships are awarded by the department on a competitive basis to entering MS or PhD students for one academic year. For MS students pursing the thesis option and PhD students, research appointments are often obtained for continued support.

Occasionally, a teaching assistantship may be renewed for a second year in exceptional cases based on the student's academic performance in graduate courses and assigned duties, along with recommendations from the student's advisor.

The time limits for university support of graduate students are two years for an MS program and four years for a PhD program including, in the latter case, the support received for a master's program at the University at Buffalo.

A score of 55 (out of 60) on the SPEAK test is required for all international graduate assistants. The purpose of the SPEAK test is to assess the spoken English proficiency of non-native speakers of English and to measure their degree of comprehensibility in English. The SPEAK test is given the week before each semester begins. New students must register with the UB Intensive English Language Institute during orientation to take this test. Continuing students must register two weeks before the semester begins.