The Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation through the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FG-LSAMP), enhances the enrollment of underrepresented minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduate programs. The BD provides $32,000 per year for the first two years of doctoral studies for former LSAMP students who are entering Ph.D. programs. Additionally, the grant provides funds for the student’s cost of education (tuition, fees, and health insurance). The grants are awarded through a competition to institutions every two years. To date, UF has completed three cohorts of BD fellows, with the first cohort starting in 2008.
Named in honor of Delores Auzenne, this award is designed to assist underrepresented minority students in completing their dissertation work. The program provides stipends to Ph.D. candidates who are in the advanced writing stages of their dissertations. Students who are appointed on a state-funded fellowship or assistantship are not eligible.
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Feeder Program affords FAMU students the opportunity to receive advanced study in graduate programs not available at FAMU. UF is one of more than 40 universities in the FAMU Feeder Program aimed at increasing the number of FAMU students in graduate programs. UF offers five fellowships every year to qualified FAMU Feeder students who have been admitted to a Ph.D. program. Each fellow receives a stipend, in-state tuition, and health insurance for up to three years for MFA degree or up to five years for a Ph.D.
The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives, in partnership with the Florida Education Fund, administers the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for African-American and Hispanic students. The program is designed to increase the number of African-American and Hispanic faculty in the state of Florida. Each fellow receives an annual $26,080 base stipend with tuition health insurance and fee waiver for a maximum of five years for a Ph.D. and three years for MFA degree. Applicants must be US Citizens admitted to University of Florida Ph.D. program and entering the first year of that program. Applications must be submitted directly to the Florida Education Fund before January 15 to compete for funding opportunities the following fall.
The McNair Graduate Assistantship Program was created to provide transitional support for students who have successfully completed the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as undergraduates. A limited number of research assistantships, including a stipend, tuition, health insurance, and fees are provided for McNair Scholars entering Ph.D. programs at UF. Each student will be expected to conduct research under faculty supervision as a part of their assistantship.
The Supplemental Retention Scholarship is designed to help doctoral students without support complete their degree programs. Eligible students must be within three semesters of completing their degree and must no longer have funding available through an assistantship or fellowship. This award provides three credit hours of in-state tuition for Fall and Spring and two credit hours of in-state tuition for Summer. This award can be received for a maximum of three semesters.
The UF/SF College Faculty Development Project is a partnership between the University of Florida and local Santa Fe College that aims to increase faculty diversity at SFC while providing African American and Hispanic doctoral students at UF with valuable teaching experience. Participants who teach two courses per year at SFC are appointed on an annual basis. The program provides a stipend of $15,000 for nine months, in-state tuition, fees, and health insurance for fall and spring semesters with an additional amount supplied by UF. Applicants must be U.S. citizens from an underrepresented group and hold a master's degree, 18 credit hours of graduate level hours in an approved field completed, and have passed their qualifying exams. Students must enroll in doctoral programs at UF and meet SFC adjunct faculty hiring criteria. The application deadline for this program falls in the spring of each year.