Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships

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Various forms of financial assistance are available to our graduate students, from scholarships and fellowships, to teaching assistantships and tuition assistance. 

Scholarships and Fellowships

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Assistantships usually require 15 to 20 hours per week in a teaching or research role. Summer opportunities are also available, providing valuable experience as well as additional financial support.

Continuing students who wish to be considered for financial aid for the fall semester should make their requests known before March 1 of the same year. Continuing students who wish to be considered for financial aid for the spring semester should make their requests known before October 1 of the preceding year. Late requests for assistance may be considered if funds are available. Requests should be in the form of a letter addressed to either the Director of Graduate Studies, and should be submitted to the Graduate Academic Coordinator.

Students interested in a TA-ship or SA-ship should submit the form below to the Director of Graduate Studies:

Financial Aid and Funding your Education

Limitations on the Total Amount of Financial Assistance a Student Can Receive from the University:

Limits for Tuition Scholarships

  • The maximum limit for a tuition scholarship for students in the master's program is 30 credit hours (minus transfer credits) or two years, whichever comes first.
  • The maximum limit for tuition scholarship for students in the PhD program is 72 credit hours (minus transfer credits) or four years, whichever comes first.
  • Lecturers are employees of the university and are not eligible for SEAS tuition scholarships.
  • PhD students entering with a master's degree from another university must attach a copy of their signed evaluation of transfer credit form to any tuition scholarship request.
  • Up to three (3) credit hours of required remedial language may be excluded from the above maximums.
  • Up to six (6) credit hours for undergraduate courses taken while in a graduate program of study may be excluded from the above maximums if they are recommended in writing by a graduate advisor.
  • The above maximums for master's and PhD programs include all credit hours of a student's graduate program regardless of the payment source for the tuition. Essentially, the first 30 hours taken toward a master's degree and the first 72 hours taken toward a PhD degree are eligible for a tuition scholarship. Credit hours paid for by another division (other than the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) of the university or by the student are explicitly counted in the maximums.

Limits for State Support

  • The maximum time limit for state support for students in the master's program is one and one-half years, with extension considered for another one-half year in exceptional circumstances.
  • The maximum limit for state support for students in the PhD program is two years beyond the master's degree or four years beyond the bachelor's degree.
  • A petition for extension of the limit for state supported positions should be filed prior to the start of the semester for which the waiver is sought. Such petitions will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.
  • SEAS tuition scholarship policies are established by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Academic Program Committee (Graduate).

 

SEAS Senior Scholar (for UB Undergraduates)

The SEAS Senior Scholar program is an opportunity for undergraduate students at the University at Buffalo to carry out research with a SEAS faculty member. This experience begins during the spring of a student’s senior year and can continue into their graduate program.

Scholarship Information:

  • Master’s Degree applicants: If awarded, students who have applied to a master’s degree program will receive a stipend of $100 in Spring 2018. Students will also be eligible to receive another $1,000 if they are accepted and choose to enroll at UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for graduate studies in Fall.
  • PhD Degree applicants: If awarded, students who have applied to a PhD degree program will receive a stipend of $100 in Spring 2018. Students will also be eligible to receive another $2,000 if they are accepted and choose to enroll at UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for graduate studies in Fall.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled UB undergraduate student with Senior standing; expecting to graduate by June or September.
  • Minimum overall GPA 3.0 is recommended; overall GPA of 3.3 is preferred.
  • Must submit and complete an online application to a graduate program in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences by December 15.

Application Process:

  • Apply
  • Applications must include your current resume, a personal statement (approx. 250 words) describing your technical/research interests and potential plans for graduate study and the name of the faculty member you wish to pursue a research opportunity with.

Important Notes:

  • This is an application process, the SEAS Office of Graduate Education will review applications and notify awardees before the start of the spring semester.
  • Student must provide proof of undergraduate research experience before the scholarship will be dispersed in the spring of their senior year.
  • Students have the potential to obtain 3 academic credit hours for undergraduate research.

Questions about the Senior Scholarship program should be directed to Kellie McBride.