The department accepts applications at all times and does not have formal deadlines. Knowing how our process works will help you to plan, however. Most offers of centrally administered financial support are for students who begin in Fall semester (August), but students may begin in Spring semester (January) or Summer semester (May), because support from faculty grants or other sources may become available at any time. Students who need financial support and seek to begin class in Fall semester should apply during the previous fall (August to December) or January, so that the application file is complete no later than February 1. The department reviews applications as they are completed, starting February 2, and makes offers of admission as soon as they become feasible. This means that decisions on how to allocate the limited funds available to support students are made starting in the first week of February. Except for unusual circumstances, all admission offers for Fall semester are made by April 15. Because most offers are made well before that date, it is to your advantage to apply early.
Fellowships and Funding
Department of Geography Assistantships: Teaching Assistantships
are awarded by each department to students pursuing degrees in the
department. Assistantships generally cover tuition for 9 credit hours
per semester and provide a stipend ($15,000 for 9 months). Students are
required to work for the department in a teaching capacity in return
for the support. The number of assistantships available and the level
of support varies by year. To apply, submit the general Application for Graduate Fellowship or Assistantship
form to the department with your other application materials. Research
Assistantships (RA) are also sometimes available although these are
specific to individual faculty members (and individually funded
projects) who arrange and select the students to receive these. Funding
levels vary and for more information contact individual faculty members
with externally funded projects (see faculty webpages for information
on funded projects).
TCD Fellowships and Assistantships
support Master’s and Doctoral level study in various disciplines.
Fellowships cover tuition costs for 9-12 credit hours per semester and
provide a stipend of $6,500 per semester. Recipients are required to
complete the 12-15 credit hour TCD interdisciplinary concentration. The
majority of recipients are from Latin American and Caribbean nations.
Applications should be submitted directly to TCD. For further
information and application forms, visit the TCD fellowship and assistantship page.
Gordon and Betty Moore Graduate Scholarships
support Master's and Doctoral level study in tropical forest
conservation of the Andes-Amazon region by residents of Bolivia,
Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and
Venezuela. Awards consist of a stipend of $15,000 for a two year period
of study at UF, plus the cost of tuition and fees. Additional funds for
travel to and from the university and health insurance are also
included. Recipients are required to complete the 12-15 credit hour TCD
interdisciplinary concentration. For further information and
application forms, visit the Moore Graduate Scholarship page.
Dexter Fellowships in Tropical Conservation Biology support the training and research of outstanding graduate students from tropical countries where the needs and opportunities for biological conservation are greatest. Fellowship recipients will be individuals who show strong leadership capacity, excellent communication and critical thinking skills, and the ability to make a significant contribution to tropical conservation through their work, personal abilities, and dedication. Fellowships provide a stipend and needed tuition. Click here for further information from the Dexter Fellowships web site.
McKNIGHT DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: Funded by outside support, the McKnight Doctoral Fellowships are traditionally awarded to African-American students newly admitted to select doctoral programs at institutions in the State of Florida's university system. It includes a stipend of $12,000 funded for a maximum of five years. Applicants must be US citizens. For more information and application forms, call the Florida Education Fund at (813) 272 2772 or visit their website by clicking here: McKnight Doctoral Fellowships
USDE Foreign Language and Area Studies Academic Year Fellowships for Haitian Creole and Portuguese support Master’s and Ph.D. level study in various disciplines. Fellowships cover the cost of 12 credit hours of tuition per semester and provide a stipend. Recipients must enroll in a Haitian Creole or Portuguese class each semester they receive the fellowship. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. For further information and application materials, visit the Center for Latin American Studies' web site at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/funding/
The Florida/Brazil Linkage Institute awards out-of-state tuition exemptions to qualified Brazilian citizens pursuing graduate degrees at Florida’s public universities. Exemption recipients pay tuition as Florida residents, a savings of about 2/3 over normal tuition rates for international students. No stipend is available and recipients are still required to pay for their in-state tuition. Currently, the cost of UF in-state graduate tuition for 12 credit hours per semester (full-time) is $2742. It is possible to receive a Florida/Brazil Institute out-of-state tuition exemption and a departmental assistantship or fellowship at the same time. For further information and application forms, visit the Florida/Brazil Institute web site at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/flbz.
TITLE VI FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND AREA STUDIES FELLOWSHIPS The University of Florida's Center for African Studies anticipates awarding Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the upcoming academic year. These fellowships are funded by the US Department of Education (USDOE) under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Fellowships are awarded to students combining graduate work in an academic discipline with African area and language studies. Fellowships are offered for any one of the regularly taught languages (Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Swahili, Xhosa, Wolof, and Yoruba) as well as for other African languages for which instruction can be arranged. The Center recommends that fellowship recipients also work toward fulfilling the requirements for a Certificate in African Area Studies and/or a Minor in African Studies in conjunction with their specific graduate degree requirements. Applications will be accepted for pursuit of a graduate degree in any UF department, preferably those with a Center for African Studies faculty affiliate. These include agriculture, anthropology, art history, economics, education, engineering, forestry, wildlife ecology and conservation, geography, history, journalism, law, linguistics, literature, political science, recreation and tourism, and zoology. Fellowships provide a stipend of $15,000 per academic year and cover the cost of tuition and fees (12 credits per semester). Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and be admitted to a graduate program at the University of Florida. Application Deadline: February 12, 2007. http://web.africa.ufl.edu/FLASApplication.pdf
The IGERT program in Adaptive Management links four colleges, fifteen academic departments, and three research centers at the University of Florida with international wetlands research centers in Africa, Mexico, South America, Australia, and south Florida. It focuses on the theme of wise use of water, wetlands, and watersheds. At the heart of the research theme, and a key educational feature of our program, is the innovative practice of Adaptive Management. Adaptive Management is a systematic process for continually improving management policies and practices by learning from the outcomes of operational programs. Adaptive Management is a most essential study area for future scientists, engineers and policy makers who will be working with coupled human and natural systems. Applications accepted through February 15, 2007. IGERT fellowships are available only for US citizens or permanent residents (NSF requirements). They also have a very limited number of graduate Research Assistantships for non-US citizens (about 2-3 per year). http://amw3igert.ufl.edu/apply.asp
COMPTON FELLOWSHIPS IN ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: The UF Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation announces an initiative of the Compton Foundation to promote graduate student research in tropical conservation. The objective is to produce graduates who are able contribute to the conservation of natural systems and to appropriate development necessary for long-term sustainability. Candidates must have the disciplinary depth and credentials to command a position in their chosen fields, but also have the breadth to draw upon the expertise and perspectives of other disciplines. Compton Foundation funding for this initiative is targeting support to graduate students from Latin America and subSaharan Africa who are pursuing studies in the field of environment and sustainable development and who have commitment to returning to their home countries or elsewhere in the developing world. Fellowship applicants should be individuals who show strong leadership capacity, who are innovative, good communicators, and who are likely to make a significant contribution through their work, personal abilities, and dedication. These scholarships are designed to facilitate graduate student research projects that will strengthen the conservation of biodiversity in tropical countries. Funds may be used to conduct research and to participate in international internships or conferences. Fellowships will be awarded to four graduate students. Applications must be nationals of tropical, developing countries. Preference will be given to candidates from Mexico, Central America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Funds should enable students to conduct research that will make a significant impact on tropical conservation. Their course of study should emphasize linkages between environment, population, sustainable development, and/or security issues. A stipend of up to $10,000 for Masters students and $15,000 for doctoral students will be awarded per fellowship. Master degree students should be conducting thesis research. Ph.D. candidates should be advanced students with an approved research proposal for work based in a developing country. http://www.wec.ufl.edu/entities/pstc/fellowships.htm
Grinter Fellowships. The intent of the Grinter Fellowship is to facilitate the recruitment of truly exceptional graduate students to the University of Florida. Currently enrolled UF graduate students are not eligible, except in the particular case in which they will be entering a PhD (or other terminal degree) program for the first time. Ordinarily, the Grinter is limited to PhD students. Exceptions are made for those areas in the University that have a terminal degree different from the PhD (e.g. Master of Fine Arts, Architecture, Building Construction, and Landscape Architecture). Grinter Fellowships are not assistantships. No duties may be required of the student (except those duties associated with an assistantship held concurrently). Grinter Fellowship stipends are normally in the $2,000-$4,000 range. Continuation of the Grinter beyond the first year (up to a total of three years) is contingent upon satisfactory student progress. An annual report is made to the Graduate School in this regard for each student. http://www.aa.ufl.edu/fellows/grinter.html
Graduate Student Travel Funds : Highest priority will be given to doctoral level students and students in other terminal degree programs who are invited to give major talks, are in their final year of their programs and are presenting work at a national meeting, or have a unique research or collaborative opportunity at an off-site location. These one-time awards are limited to $300 per trip and require a dollar for dollar match from the college and/or department. There are special guidelines and forms. Requests should be submitted a minimum of one month in advance of the desired travel date.
Center Field Research Grants: The Center for Latin American Studies sponsors five Field Research Grant Competitions to support graduate student research in Latin America. The research competitions are open to graduate students (Master's and preliminary doctoral levels) from across the University of Florida campus. Awards are typically between $1,000 and $2,000 and can be used for international travel, in-country travel, lodging, meals, and other research-related expenses. Detailed information, including eligibility guidelines, application requirements and required forms, is listed below. For information on previous grant recipients click here.
Tinker Field Research Grant: The Tinker Field Research Grants support graduate student field research at the Master's and preliminary doctoral levels in the Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere. Projects in Spain or Portugal are also eligible for funding provided they focus on some aspect of Latin America. Priority is given to social science projects with public policy implications. Awards will average $2,000 each. Application Deadline Monday, March 20, 2007. Program Guidelines Flyer(2006) PDF Application Form PDF Budget Form Excel Format: XLS
Interdisciplinary Field Research Grants: The Interdisciplinary Field Research Grants fund graduate student field research at Master's and preliminary doctoral levels in three areas: 1) humanities projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2) projects in any field to take place in Puerto Rico or the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean, and 3) Latino Studies projects in the United States. Two or three grants ranging from $500-$1,500 each will be awarded. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Application Deadline Monday, March 20, 2007 Program Guidelines Flyer(2006) PDF Application Form PDF Budget Form Excel Format: XLS
Charles Wagley Research Fellowship: The Charles Wagley Research Fellowship supports field research in Brazil at the Master's and preliminary doctoral levels by a graduate student in the social sciences. Preference will be given to candidates who use an anthropological approach in the Wagley tradition. Awards average $2,000 each. Application Deadline Monday, March 20, 2007 Program Guidelines Flyer(2006) PDF Application Form PDF Budget Form Excel Format: XLS
A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship: The A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship supports graduate student field research in the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean region at the Master's and preliminary doctoral levels. One or two grants of $1,000 each will be awarded. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Application Deadline Monday, March 20, 2007 Program Guidelines Flyer(2006) PDF Application Form PDF Budget Form Excel Format: XLS
TCD Field Research Grant: TCD Field Research Grants support field research addressing the issues of habitat conservation and/or rural development in tropical regions at Master's and preliminary doctoral levels. Preference is given to interdisciplinary projects and to students enrolled in the TCD certificate/concentration program. Grants average $2,000 each. Application Deadline Monday, March 20, 2007 Program Guidelines Flyer(2006) PDF Application Form PDF Budget Form Excel Format: XLS
The UF Office of Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) and the UF Division of Sponsored Research (DSR) offer travel funding for graduate students. Click on this link to download a PDF file (readable and printable with Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free online) for more information about applying for such funds: UF RGP/DSR Student Travel Funding
The UF Graduate Student Council
offers travel grants to help graduate students attend conferences and
present their research. For more information, applications and
deadlines, click on this link: UF Graduate Student Council Travel Grants
Many fellowships offer travel funding for research, study abroad and/or conference participation as part of their award packages. Click on these links to learn more about available UF and non-UF fellowships: UF Graduate Fellowship Initiative and
UF Graduate School Financial Aid Bulletin Board
Inter-American Foundation (IAF) GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: ARLINGTON, Va. — The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is reactivating its fellowship support for dissertation work by candidates for Ph.D. degrees from U.S. universities. The IAF expects to award up to 11 fellowships supporting research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008. The IAF is now accepting applications from students in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. The awards provide international transportation to the field research site and a monthly stipend for a maximum period of 12 months. Fellows must have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy by the date they begin their IAF- sponsored research. For more information on the awards, eligibility criteria and application procedures, visit www.iie.org/iaf. IAF’s fellowships are awarded based on both development and scholarly criteria. They are intended to help build a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable about grassroots development. Before discontinuing its program in 1999, the IAF had supported nearly 1,000 fellows from the United States and 28 countries. Fellows conducting field research in 36 countries were associated with some 4,000 development and applied research organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IAF was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. For more details, call 703-306-4357 or e-mail email@example.com.
AAUW Financial Aid for Female Graduate Students: The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers a number of different fellowships, grants and scholarships to promote education and equity for females, especially female college students who are minorities or majoring in professions where females are underrepresented. For details on current financial aid opportunities, award amounts, eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: AAUW Fellowships, Grants and Awards.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. It has a two-part application process. Applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry. If invited, applicants then complete a more detailed proposal.Before beginning, it's best to consult the CEPF investment strategy for the region where you propose to work. Each project must be linked to one of the strategic directions in the strategy to be eligible for funding. The strategy is included in the ecosystem profile for the region, available in both the Where We Work and Publications sections. Letter of Inquiry Guidelines View guidelines in English Download guidelines: Bahasa / Chinese / English / Español / Français / Português / Russian Letter of Inquiry Application Download application: Bahasa / Chinese / English / Español / Français / Português / Russian
Florida Sea Grant Fellowships and Scholarships: Florida Sea Grant offers a number of different fellowships and scholarships for graduate students in majors related to aquatic, coastal and marine sciences, economics, engineering, management and conservation. For details about available awards, award amounts, eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: Florida Sea Grant Fellowships and Scholarships.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships offer a $19,000 annual stipend, a $3,000 tuition-and-fees award, and expenses-paid Conference of Ford Fellows participation, for minority US citizens or native residents of US possessions working toward their first Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Science degree at an accredited US educational institution in anthropology, archaeology, art history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning and related interdisciplinary fields. For details about eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships.
Fulbright Scholarships: Sponsored by the US Department of State, Fulbright Scholarships help Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy students pursue a year of study and research in another country with paid travel, tuition and a monthly stipend. Applicants must be US citizens. For details about available awards, award amounts, eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: Fulbright Scholarships. UF students also should contact Dr. Jeanna Mastrodicasa, a campus Honors Awards Advisor and Fulbright counselor, via e-mail for further information and help by clicking on this link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEM Fellowships: GEM Fellowships offered by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science help underrepresented minority students to obtain Master of Science degrees in engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in engineering, natural sciences and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance. For details about available awards, award amounts, eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: GEM Fellowships.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowships: The US Department of Education's Jacob K. Javits Fellowships aid graduate students pursuing a terminal highest degree (master's degree or doctoral degree) in selected areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences with fellowships up to $40,000 (student stipend plus institutional payment) on the basis of financial need and academic promise. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent residents attending an accredited institution in the United States. For details about eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: Jacob K. Javits Fellowships.
NASA Graduate Student Research Program: The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Graduate Student Research Program awards fellowships of $24,000 ($18,000 student stipend, $3,000 student allowance and $3,000 university allowance) to US citizens pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in science, mathematics and engineering related to NASA research and development at an accredited US college or university. Awards are renewable for up to three years based on academic performance, research progress and available funding. For details on eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowships.
NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program: The NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of women, minorities and people with disabilities in NASA-related fields by providing full-time underrepresented graduate students at accredited US universities and colleges with financial support for their studies in engineering, mathematics, science and technology. These fellowships include three years of stipends, travel allowances, tuition offsets and six weeks of hands-on research at a NASA Center or Jet Propulsion Laboratory for eligible master's degree or Doctor of Philosophy degree students. For details on eligibility, current award amounts, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships provide three years of $30,000 annual stipends and $10,500 cost-of-education allowances for use within a five-year period. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals or permanent residents who have completed no more than 12 months of research-based graduate study in astronomy, chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics, psychology or social sciences. For details on eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
US Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships: US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Graduate Fellowships provide 12 months of a monthly $2,300 stipend and payment of full tuition and mandatory, nonrefundable fees over three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress and availability of funding, to graduate students in computer science, engineering, information science, life science, mathematical science, physical science, psychology and selected humanities. A 10-week summer off-campus research internship at a DHS-designated facility is required as part of the fellowship. Applicants must be US citizens. For details on available awards, eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, and to apply online, click on this link: US Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships.
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies: Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies offer a $3,000 award for dissertation writing expenses to doctoral students in any major at US graduate schools whose research addresses women in any number of disciplinary, regional or cultural ways. For details on eligibility, application requirements and deadlines, click on this link: Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies.
EPA Star Fellowships:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for
Environmental Research (NCER), is offering Science to Achieve Results
(STAR) Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in
environmentally related fields of study. EPA Star Fellowships
NSF Dissertation Improvement Grants