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Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available through the individual academic unit. Stipend payments are determined by the employing academic unit. Interested students should contact their academic offices to discuss available assistantships.

Applicants should contact their academic office early to ensure they can apply by the deadline. Generally, applications should be sent to the academic unit chair before February 15 each year. Appointments are made on the recommendation of the academic unit chair and require admission to the Graduate School and the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. Superior ability and promise are required. Reappointment to assistantships requires evidence of contining good scholarship.

Graduate School Fellowship Program

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  • The Graduate School Fellowship program (GSF) represents the most prestigious graduate student award available at the University. Funded at nationally competitive levels, these highly desirable awards support students in all programs and departments of the University awarding a Ph.D. or MFA. To ensure that Graduate School Fellows receive every opportunity to succeed, the GSF will provide at least a full four years of support through a nationally competitive stipend and tuition waiver for qualifying students in PhD programs. The MFA awards are for at least two years for students in MFA programs. Most Graduate School Fellows will receive both research and teaching assignments.

    The University expects Graduate School Fellows to demonstrate high standards of academic achievement and active participation in university life. Applicants for the GSF apply through the departments or programs of their major field of study. Successful applicants will have outstanding undergraduate preparation, a strong commitment to their field of study, and demonstrated potential in research and creative activities. For more information on the fellowships available, please contact the graduate coordinator for the degree program of interest. Click on the following links to learn about the guidelines of the GSF program and guidelines for new and returning students on external fellowship support.

  • Grinter Fellowship are named in honor of Dr. Linton E. Grinter, Dean of the Graduate School from 1952 to 1969. The fellowship recruits truly exceptional graduate students. Currently enrolled graduate students are not eligible, except for those students who are entering a PhD (or other terminal degree) program. Continuation of the Grinter Fellowship beyond the first year is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. Interested students should contact their academic units for complete information.

    Students in the colleges of Engineering and Law are not eligible.

  • Title VI-Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships are available to graduate students whose programs are Latin America- or Africa- oriented. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are registered full time, including a language relevant to the area: Portuguese or Haitian Creole for recipients through the Center for Latin American Studies; and Akan, Arabic, Swahili or Yoruba for recipients through the Center for African Studies.

    Information is available from the directors of the Center for Latin American Studies or the Center for African Studies.

Graduate Diversity Support Programs

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  • Florida Board of Education Summer Program, held Summer B term, is an early admission orientation program for students under-represented in graduate school. The retention program is designed to prepare eligible students newly admitted to graduate programs in the fall, who have not previously attended the University of Florida for graduate study.

    The program's stipend pays four credits of tuition (excluding fees). Participants must be full-time graduate students for the following academic year. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from identified, under-represented groups.

  • FAMU Feeder Program is designed to increase the number of Florida A & M University students enrolled in graduate programs at the 30 participating universities.

    FAMU nominates minority students with 3.0 GPAs to participating feeder institutions for admission into a graduate program. UF's Office of Graduate Minority Programs is the contact office. The University of Florida provides five fellowships annually to qualified FAMU students. The application deadline is February 15 of each year.

  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowships, funded by the Florida Education Fund (FEF), are for African-American students who are newly admitted to selected doctoral degree programs at universities in the state. The FEF provides a 12-month stipend along with tuition and fees for three years. McKnight Fellows at UF receive stipends that cover 12 credits of tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters and 8 credits during the summer, for up to two years if there is satisfactory progress toward the degree.

    African Americans who are U.S. citizens are eligible for the fellowship. Information and applications are available from Florida Education Fund, 201 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1525, Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 272-2772. The application deadline is January 15 each year.

  • UF/Santa Fe Community College Faculty Development Project is a partnership initiative designed to increase the number of SFCC faculty from under-represented groups at SFCC as well as to increase the number of under-represented doctoral students at the university. Participants are required to teach three courses a year at SFCC and to assist SFCC in the recruitment and retention of minority students.

    The program provides a stipend for 10 months, payment of up to 12 credits of tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters for a maximum of four years. Persons from under-represented groups who are U.S. citizens with a master's degree in one of the approved disciplines are eligible. The application deadline is March 15 each year.

  • GEM Fellowship is provided by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. The program is designed to increase access to and success in engineering and science graduate education and practice. The GEM program has an academic and practical component.

    The fellowship supports students while they pursue the Master of Science in engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy in engineering and science disciplines. The GEM Consortium provides the master's degree recipient portable academic year support that includes tuition, fees and a stipend. For the PhD in engineering and the sciences, the GEM Consortium pays the stipend and the cost of an instruction grant to the institution for one year. After the first year, the institution covers the fellowship.

    Information is available from GEM or UF's OGMP.

College and School Financial Assistance

In addition to universitywide fellowships and assistantships, there are numerous college and department awards that are specific to a field of study. Please contact your academic unit.

External Fellowships

Information on external fellowships, small grants and other funding opportunities is available from The University of Florida Office of Research that has compiled a list of funding resources. In addition, The Community of Science Funding Opportunities database and the grants database are keyword-searchable and are valuable information resources.