Graduate Student


Link to COTA Funding Opportunity Database

Office of Research Graduate Student Research Travel funding request:

We encourage you to seek additional research travel support from the University of Florida Office of Research. This support is most commonly limited to those in the research stage – post qualifying and comprehensive exams – of a terminal degree program.

Please ensure that you are eligible before completing the application for this competitive university level research support; eligibility criteria and application directions are included on the form. Award letters generated through Step 1 are necessary for the completion of the Office of Research application, which can be found here.

UF Funding for Graduate Research and Travel

Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship

The Madelyn Lockhart Fellowship was created to honor a PhD Candidate who is both an outstanding researcher and who has contributed to creating a more inclusive and diverse community. One Fellowship in the amount of up to $2,000 will be awarded annually to assist in the dissertation phase of the doctoral degree. The recipient must be enrolled in dissertation credits the semester (or summer) s/he receives the fellowship.

A nomination can come from a faculty member or from the candidate and the candidate can be from any PhD program.

The application and instructions for the applicants, academic units, and colleges are located at this Graduate School webpage:  Lockhart Fellowship.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship provides historically underrepresented students with a base stipend that also covers 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.

McNair Graduate Assistantship Program

The McNair Graduate Assistantship Program provides support for students who have successfully completed the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as undergraduates.

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. Each student will be appointed to a research assistant and expected to conduct research under faculty supervision. 

James W. Van Horn Music Fund

The James W. Van Horn Music Fund is available to both undergraduate and graduate students who are working on their Masters or PhD in Music and have a proficiency in chorale singing, composing, or conducting.

University of Florida Friends of Theater and Dance

The University of Florida Friends of Theatre and Dance scholarship acknowledges outstanding graduate and undergraduate students within the department of Theatre & Dance with an award amount of $750. 

College of the Arts Strategic Opportunity Funding

Submit your proposals to the Community Engagement Impact Funding to support your student-led engagement project focused within Alachua County. Projects should be designed to address critical needs in the Gainesville community. Award amounts vary between $500-$2,000. 

Graduate School Doctoral Research Travel Reward

The Graduate School Doctoral Research Travel Reward provides support for research related travel expenses for PhD students primarily in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

FAMU Feeder

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 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.

UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project

Participants of the UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project 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 $16,000 for nine months, in-state tuition, and health insurance for fall-spring semesters, with an additional amount supplied by Santa Fe. Participants must have a master’s degree in an approved field and/or have advanced to candidacy.

Supplemental Retention Scholarship

The Supplemental Retention Scholarship is designed for doctoral students who are three or fewer semesters away from graduation but are no longer eligible to receive a a fellowship, assistantship, or other funding from their department/college.  

This award provides financial support for three credit hours in the fall and spring and two credit hours in the summer of in-state-tuition and the help of a structured retention program under the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives (OGDI).

Field Research Grants

The Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) sponsors the Field Research Grant Competition to support graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Awards typically range between $1,000 and $2,000. Research in the United States on a Latinx Studies topic and research in Spain or Portugal on some aspect of Latin America are also supported.

Internal UF grants, fellowships, and research awards are also offered through:


Search: There are several indexes of funding opportunities:

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  • Weekly funding opportunity announcements from the Office of Research. [Login with your Gatorlink credentials using the top-right “Login” button, click on “Subscription,” and fill in your information.]
  • Regular emails about new programs and initiatives from private foundations from Candid
  • Customized alerts from the Pivot database through a UF subscription
  • Customized alerts from the Grant Forward grants database.
  • H-Net listservs in one’s research area(s).
  • And signing up for your favorite funding body email alerts

Assist: Various entities at UF will conduct funding searches upon request, including: