TA stipends for English Ph.D students to increase over next two years

Graduate Student Employees Union and New York State negotiates contract for higher stipends


Starting in Fall 2018, average stipends for English Ph.D candidates will increase to an average of $18,000 per year — an increase of $3,000 from current levels.

In three years, the average TA stipend amount will increase to $19,000. By including scholarships and fellowships in the funding package, the “very best” doctoral students will receive funding in the $20,000 range, according to a UB press release.

Under this plan, stipends for English TAs will exceed the national average for public university stipends, which is $16,364.

“After a comprehensive review of the program, and in consultation with English department faculty, graduate students and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, we are taking steps to strengthen the program while also addressing our financial concerns,” Department of English Chair Rachel Ablow said in a press release.

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