Fellowships are gifts of support money, usually with no work required other than maintaining high grades in your courses. Generally, almost all are awarded to PhD students and, as you might expect, they are competitive as many people apply for them.

Graduate School Fellowship – College of Health & Human Performance

These very valuable, four-year funded fellowships are for doctoral applicants only. Because they are so valuable, they are very competitive and the Department can only award one or two per year, and only for those applying for Fall Semester admission. All application materials must be in no later than February 1 and you must be in communication with a faculty member who has to agreed to sponsor you and write a study plan for your four-year doctoral education process by January 14.  Experience has shown that having some or all of the following makes you a competitive applicant:

  • High GRE scores
  • Research experience
  • Published articles
  • Degrees from a highly-rated university (instead of a more regional college)
  • Reference letter from a former advisor that is also a well-known research professor in your chosen field of study
  • Well-crafted support letter from your intended UF advisor

DEADLINE: February 2

For details about the process of applying, please visit:

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship

Applicants must be (or applying to become) full-time UF graduate or undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a Master’s degree, graduate certificate, or undergraduate minor/certificate in Latin American Studies. The fellowship covers tuition and fees for 12 graduate credit hours per semester, provides a stipend of $17,000 total for the Fall and Spring semesters, and includes GatorGradCare coverage.

Each semester, recipients must enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours of Portuguese or Haitian Creole and at least 3 credits of Latin American area studies. Recipients are also required to take language proficiency exams and to complete online reports about their fellowship on a semester basis. After the fellowship period is completed, recipients will complete a short survey about their job placement every two years.

DEADLINE: February 3

For more information on this fellowship, please visit: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/academics/financial-support/student-funding#flas.

Board of Education Summer Fellowship (Minority Program)

This fellowship is an opportunity for incoming graduate students to become acclimated with the University of Florida. During the 6 weeks of summer B, participants take 6 non-credit hours of research methods and academic writing to prepare them for the scholastic demands of graduate school. They also attend professional development seminars that cover topics including grant writing, leadership skills, diversity training, development of mentor relationships, and more. Students are required to participate in at least one community service activity and several social events planned by BOE. Lastly, in addition to the non-credit work, BOE participants are required to take 4 credits of coursework in their Department. If the Department does not offer summer courses, independent study or research can be taken. The BOE Program pays for the tuition and fees of these 10 credits and gives the student a $1500 summer stipend.

Students must be either (1) an ethnic/cultural minority, (2) low-income status, (3) first generation college graduate, and/or (4) underrepresented in their academic field. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Furthermore, they must have already accepted their offer for admission.

This opportunity is particularly helpful for out-of-state students, students from small colleges, or students from historically Black- and Latino-serving institutions. During BOE they have an opportunity to develop friendships and support systems, as well as become acclimated to the University and Gainesville community. The Office of Graduate Minority Programs assists students who need to find housing for the summer.

DEADLINE: Two weeks prior to the Summer B term

View the program flyer here: http://trsm.hhp.ufl.edu/wp-content\uploads/BOE.pdf.

For more information on this fellowship program, please visit: http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/finances-and-funding/florida-boe-summer-fellowship-program.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (Minority Program)

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels. As a by-product, it is expected that employment opportunities in industry will also be expanded. Up to 50 fellowships are awarded annually.  Each award provides annual tuition up to $5,000 (tuition above this amount is waived by the University) for each of three academic years plus an annual stipend of $12,000. (An additional two years of support at this same level is provided by the University.) The award also includes a comprehensive system of academic support.

DEADLINE: January 15

For more information on this fellowship program, please visit: http://www.fefonline.org/mdf.html.