Minority Support

The Florida Education Fund (FEF) awards McKnight Doctoral Fellowships to African-American students newly admitted into selected doctoral degree programs at universities in the state.  The FEF provides a stipend of $12,000 for 12 months and a $5,000 allowance for fees, health insurance, computer equipment, books, and supplies, funded for a maximum of 3 years.  The stipend for McKnight Fellows in the IDP will be supplemented with College funds so that the total stipend matches the IDP stipend.  The University provides payment of 12 hours tuition fall and spring and 8 hours summer and will provide continued support for up to two more years, subject to satisfactory progress and availability of funds.  For further information and application forms, follow the MDF link above.  McKnight Doctoral Fellowship applications can also be obtained from the UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs or by calling (813) 272-2772.  The application deadline is January 15.

The UF-FAMU Minority Graduate Education Program The University of Florida and Florida A&M University have entered a partnership to address the need for increased minority representation in the science and engineering professorate. This program is a comprehensive, stepwise process that encourages and prepares exceptional minority students to become a part of academia. To enhance this program, UF has recently included the Institutional Coordinators of the 13-member Louis B. Stokes Florida-Georgia Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. This alliance will provide a synergy between the LSAMP program and the new MGE effort.

Santa Fe Community College/University of Florida Black Faculty Development Project is a joint program designed to increase the number of African-American faculty members at SFCC while increasing the number of African-American doctoral students at the University of Florida. Participants are required to teach 3 courses per year at SFCC and assist SFCC in recruitment and retention of minority students. The stipend is $9,000 for 10 months, funded for a maximum of 4 years, and includes payment of up to 12 hours tuition and fees fall and spring. African-American U.S. citizens who have a master’s degree in one of the approved areas are eligible. The application deadline is March 15 of each year.

The Board of Education (BOE) Summer Program for Minority Graduate Students is an orientation program in Summer B designed to prepare eligible under-represented minority students (newly admitted into a graduate level program for the fall who have not previously attended the University of Florida) for graduate education. The stipend is approximately $1,500 with payment of 4 hours of tuition (excluding fees). Participants must enroll as full-time graduate students for the following academic year and are eligible for other minority fellowships. The program is limited to minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All eligible admitted students are invited to participate.

The College of Medicine Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) assists in the recruitment and retention of students whose ethnic/racial groups are underrepresented in medicine (URM).  We strive to educate prospective URM students on their opportunities and spark their interest in medical school, the IDP, and the PA program.

For additional information, please contact:
at the UF Graduate School:  Office of Graduate Minority Programs, P.O. Box 115500 (123A Grinter Hall), Gainesville, FL 32611-5515, telephone (352) 392-6444, ogdi@aa.ufl.edu
in the College of Medicine:    Office of Minority Affairs, P.O. Box 100202, UF College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL 32610, telephone (352) 273-6656