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 Academics/TrainingSupport for Trainees     August 29, 2016  

Support for Trainees (PhD students and postdocs)

A. Sources of Support.  Salary and/or tuition support for students and postdoctoral fellows may come from a variety of sources.  The four most common 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 GrantSee more information here

     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.  More information and a link to this Medical School-run program on our PPBS page

      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).

B. 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.