Information for Diversity Students

We are committed to practicing inclusion, fostering diversity among students, faculty and staff, and the elimination of discrimination in all its forms.

Fellowship Opportunities:

  • Board of Education (BOE) Summer Fellowship:

    Each summer, OGMP selects a cohort of newly enrolled underrepresented PhD students to participate in the Board of Education (BOE) summer fellowship program. This six-week summer program is designed as an orientation to graduate education and promotes acclimation to the University of Florida.

    The Board of Education (BOE) Summer Fellowship Program welcomes incoming PhD students to graduate education by providing the following:

    • $3,500 stipend to help with the transition to Gainesville
    • Four credit hours of paid, in-state tuition in their respective departments
    • Solid support system in the Office of Graduate Minority Programs

    Transitional housing may be available for up to two weeks only to students while in the process of securing permanent housing. This is offered on a first come first serve basis.


  • Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship 

    The Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Grant is awarded by the National Science Foundation through the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FG-LSAMP) to enhance recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The BD program at UF provides up to a $32,000-per-year stipend for the first two years of doctoral studies to former LSAMP students who are entering a STEM PhD program after completing a baccalaureate degree. Along with this stipend, the grant also provides two years of support for tuition, fees and health insurance. To date, UF has completed three cohorts of BD fellows, with the first cohort starting in 2008.

    The BD grant is awarded through a competitive process to institutions for a period of two years. Scholars are selected via an application process and application are submitted to the Office of Graduate Minority Programs.

  • McNair Graduate Fellowship

    The McNair Graduate Assistantship Program was created to provide one-year transitional support for students who have successfully completed the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as undergraduates. UF provides a limited number of one-year research assistantships for McNair Scholars who are entering a Ph.D. program at this institution. It provides a stipend of $13,430, in-state tuition, fees and health insurance for one year. As part of the program, each student will be appointed to a research assistant and expected to conduct research under faculty supervision.


Diversity Student Groups: 

Asian Graduate Student Organization (AGSO)

The Asian Graduate Student Organization serves as a network to improve the quality of life for Asian graduate students at UF through professional development opportunities, social networking, encouraging student involvement, and more.

Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO)

BGSO helps Black graduate and professional students foster meaningful and lasting relationships that aid in academic achievement and success.

Gator McKnights Unite (GMU)

The purpose of Gator McKnight’s Unite (GMU) is to facilitate networking opportunities, intellectual development, and the increase of African American and Latino citizens with Ph.D. degrees, by serving matriculating UF Florida Education Fund (FEF)- McKnight Fellows. The University of Florida consistently hosts the largest number of FEF fellows that all other Florida FEF- funded research institutions.

Latino-Hispanic Organization of Graduate Students (LOGRAS)

LOGRAS seeks to promote the development of Latino/Hispanic graduate students by fostering meaningful professional as well as collegiate relationships.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS promotes diversity in STEM fields by providing students from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to participate in leadership roles, mentoring, professional development training, and networking.