McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: January 15

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 a base stipend of $26,080 with tuition, health insurance and fee waiver for a maximum of five years for a Ph.D. Applicants must be US citizens admitted to a 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. 

Students are not required to have admission decisions at the time of application submission. Students are notified by the Florida Education Fund of selection decisions directly.

All application materials must be submitted directly to the Florida Education Fund by January 15. The deadline will be strictly enforced. McKnight Doctoral Fellowship applications can be completed at the Florida Education Fund website, or by calling 813-272-2772.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship 2018 Flier

For more information, please call or email the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives: Phone: 352-392-6444 or Email: ogdi@aa.ufl.edu

Please see below for frequently asked questions.  

Frequently Asked Questions

1.) How do I apply for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship?

Apply securely online at www.fefonline.org/mdfapply.

2.) Who can apply for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship?

Applicants must be African American or Hispanic U.S. citizens who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Since this program is intended to increase African American and Hispanic enrollment in Ph.D. programs, currently enrolled doctoral students are not eligible to apply.

3.) Do I have to be a US Citizen in order to apply for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship?

    Yes, you must be a US Citizen in order to apply for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.

    4.) How much is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow awarded annually?

      Each award provides annual tuition up to $5,000 for each of five academic years, plus an annual stipend of $12,000. The University of Florida supplements this stipend, bringing the current base stipend to $26,080. Each annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory performance and normal progress toward the Ph.D. degree.

      5.) Can I apply for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship if I have not received an admission decision from my college?

        Yes, students may still apply for the MDF. Applications must be received by the Florida Education Fund by January 15.

        6.) Who will notify me if I have been awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship?

          Students that have been awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship will be contacted directly by the Florida Education Fund (FEF).

          7.) Universities that offer the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship :

            1. Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
            2. Florida Atlantic University
            3. Florida Institute of Technology
            4. Florida International University
            5. Florida State University
            6. University of Central Florida
            7. University of Florida
            8. University of Miami
            9. University of South Florida

          8.) What is the application deadline for the MDF?

            Application materials must be submitted/postmarked no later than January 15.

            9.) If I have questions regarding the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship who should I contact?

              If you have questions regarding the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, please contact the following:

                Florida Education Fund by calling 813-272-2772

                  The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives by calling 352-392-6444

                  10.) Are International Students eligible to apply?

                    No, applicants must be US citizens.

                    11.) Will I be penalized if I cannot meet my obligation under this award and secure a tenure-track faculty position in the State of Florida?

                      No, but students supported under this award should have a desire to teach and conduct research and try earnestly to secure a position within the state of Florida.

                        12.) Can I hold McKnight and any other award?

                        Yes, however, it depends on the funding source. Please contact the Office of Graduate Diversity for more details.