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Jobs & Assistantships

A job or assistantship can help you gain valuable experience, while further off-setting the cost of your education.

Jobs for Graduate Students

Assistantships

Assistantships give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge while providing financial support. There are three general categories of assistantships:

  • Teaching assistantships
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Research assistantships

Recipients of full assistantships generally work approximately 20 hours per week teaching, conducting research or doing administrative work. 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.

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
  • 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
  • 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. Please contact your academic department of interest about assistantship opportunities, including deadlines and criteria for assistantship awards.

"I was lucky enough to receive a graduate assistantship, which enriched my study and career experiences."

Dr. Mari Itoh
Graduate School of Education Alum

Read Mari's story>