Assistantships, which provide a stipend and may include a full or partial tuition scholarship for the PhD program, also complement your learning experiences by providing the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained.

All eligible students are considered for assistantships at the time of admission by the Admissions Committee. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal for additional years.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for full-time PhD students. The assistantships are competitive and awarded on the basis of merit. They provide:

  • A full tuition scholarship
  • $29,900 (beginning Fall 2023)
  • The potential for additional funding for summer work
  • Health insurance/benefits (access to UB graduate student health insurance, paid by student)

Graduate assistants are expected to work 20 hours per week.

Research Assistantships

Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center support students who work with them on their funded research projects. Research assistantships provide:

  • A full or partial tuition scholarship
  • A stipend
  • Health insurance/benefits may be provided depending on the funding source

Responsibilities vary depending on the project.