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January 16, 2020


All Graduate Associate Deans, School Directors, Department Chairs, Coordinators and Staff


Kishmar A. Best
Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives
UF Graduate School


Reminder: UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives Funding Opportunities


2020-2021 Funding Opportunities


This award is available to departments for the purpose of providing additional stipend support to aid in the recruitment of highly sought-after underrepresented minority PhD and MFA applicants. This award provides up to $5,000 per year for 4 years of additional funds to increase the total stipend, thereby making the department’s offer more competitive. This award must be coupled with an initial stipend offered by the department and cannot be coupled to any other Graduate School funding. This award should be offered during the recruitment phase and not after the student is preparing to enroll.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Nomination Form: Diversity Enhancement Award Nomination Form


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 stipend with tuition coverage, health insurance and fee waiver for a maximum of five years for a Ph.D.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Click this link for information: McKnight Doctoral Fellowship


The Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award, named in honor of Delores Auzenne, was established to assist underrepresented doctoral students with little or no funding to complete their dissertations. The program provides funding to Ph.D. candidates in the advanced stages of their dissertations. Students on fellowships or assistantship are not eligible. The award provides up to $15,000, and up to 5 credit hours of in-state tuition and fees. Successful applicants may receive funds over the course of Summer and the following Fall Semester or Spring Semester and the following Summer.

Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Click this link for information: Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award


The Supplemental Retention Scholarship is designed for UF doctoral students, who are three or fewer semesters away from graduation but are no longer eligible to receive a fellowship, assistantship or other funding from their department or college. It provides financial support for 3 credit hours in the Fall and Spring and 2 credit hours in the Summer of in-state-tuition and the help of a structured retention program under the UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives (OGDI).

Deadline for Summer 2020: Monday, April 6, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Deadline for Fall 2020: Monday, July 6, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Click this link for more information: Supplemental Retention Scholarship


The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Feeder Fellowship 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. or a terminal MFA degree program. Each fellow receives a stipend, in-state tuition, fee waiver and health insurance for up to 5 years for a Ph.D. and up to 3 years for a terminal MFA degree.

Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020

Click this link for application form: FAMU Feeder Fellowship


The McNair Graduate Assistantship Program was created to provide support for students who have successfully completed the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as undergraduates. UF provides a limited number of research assistantships for McNair Scholars who are entering a Ph.D. program at this institution. This assistantship program provides a stipend, in-state tuition, fees, and health insurance for up to 4 years for a Ph.D. or up to 3 years for an MFA degree.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Click this link for information and application: McNair Graduate Assistantship Program


The UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project is a partnership between the University of Florida and local Santa Fe College that aims to increase faculty diversity at Santa Fe College while providing doctoral students at UF with valuable teaching experience. Participants teach two courses per year at SFC and assist in its recruitment and retention of minority and underrepresented students. The program provides a stipend of up to $15,000 for nine months, in-state tuition, fees, and health insurance for fall-spring semesters.

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Click this link for information: UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project

If you have any questions, please email the UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives at [log in to unmask].