Since 1984, FEF has developed and implemented innovative programs and employed non-traditional approaches that enhance outcomes across various educational levels.

Our Programs

McKnight Doctoral Fellowships

With funding, counseling and professional development, the program supports selected students pursuing Ph.D's at 9 Florida universities. Since 1984, 828 Fellows (89%) have earned doctorates.

Dissertation Fellowships

The program provides up to one year of funding, counseling and professional development to selected Florida Ph.D. students working to complete dissertations in STEM disciplines.

Junior Faculty Fellowships

The program helps advance selected junior faculty members at Florida colleges and universities by supporting one-year sabbaticals during which they work towards tenure and promotion.

Centers of Excellence

This multifaceted statewide pre-college program prepares and motivates students to pursue and succeed in higher education.

SAT Preparation Camps

These for-credit summer programs prepare high school students for standardized tests, higher education, and careers.

FEF CodeMasters

These programs teach students to code and links them with STEM mentors; prepares coders for industry certification; and trains coding instructors.

News + Events

Annual Statewide Pre-College Summit

In February 2021, FEF presented the 35th Annual National Achievers Society (NAS) Pre-College Summit live online to 359 participants statewide. The two-day virtual event featured a keynote speech by NAS and McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program Alumnus Dr. Micah Johnson, educational workshops, vocabulary and speech writing contests, prizes, and more.

~See the Summit agenda.
~Visit the Virtual Summit Exhibitor Hall.

McKnight New Fellows' Orientation

FEF welcomed the 46 members of the 2020-2021 class of new 5-year Fellows at the McKnight Doctoral Fellows' Orientation on August 7 and 8, 2020, live online.

View the meeting agenda.

FEF Wins Multi-Year Microsoft Grant

FEF has received one of 50 U.S. Microsoft Community Skills Grants to support our tech/workforce development training programs in Florida. The grant includes a multi-year cash award and technology enablement support from Microsoft.

~Read more.
~Apply for FEF Upskill--FEF's accelerated IT training and certification program.

Outstanding Alumna Dr. Candice Ulmer

Meet outstanding MDF alumni and Fellows, learn more about our Pre-College projects and students, and read about other news at the FEF. See the most recent edition of the semi-annual FEF Focus.

2021 Summer Coding Programs

For summer 2021, CodeMasters will offer live and virtual programs featuring fun, hands-on, project-based exploration of web design, artificial intelligence, mobile app development, game design, and STEM careers!

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