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Support for Trainees

Salary and/or tuition support for students and postdoctoral fellows may come from a variety of sources.

Sources of Support

The four most common sources of support are:

1. Faculty Grants

The trainee’s faculty mentor supports the trainee from their individual research award, most commonly a NIH research grant.

2. Department’s NIH T32 Training Grant

3. PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS)

PhD trainees only. PPBS is an “entry portal” for PhD students in the biomedical sciences at UB that provides a common first-year curriculum and full salary and tuition support for 1 year. Students rotate through labs in multiple biomedical sciences departments across the university – including Oral Biology – before aligning with a PhD mentor for the remainder of their PhD training.

4. Individual Fellowships

Trainees receiving any of the forms of support above are also typically expected to submit individual fellowship applications to appropriate research sponsors, most commonly NIH. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals may submit individual training award applications to NIH for programs including the Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) and the Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32). Trainees holding a clinical doctoral degree (MD, DDS/DMD, or equivalent) are eligible for other NIH programs, including the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08).

PhD Applicants

Please also note the following:

  1. There is $22,000 "department minimum" for annual PhD student salaries.
  2. Outstanding applicants are eligible to receive a 2-year, $5,000-per-year, "Chair's Supplement," on top of their main salary/stipend.