Established in 1984, the FEF's McKnight
Doctoral Fellowship Program has increased the number of African
Americans who have earned Ph.D.'s in historically
underrepresented, crucial disciplines where
African Americans have not historically enrolled and completed
degree programs. The FEF has awarded more than 750 Fellowships to African
Americans and Hispanics pursuing Ph.D.'s, and the Program enjoys an
impressive retention rate of over 84%. More than 500 Fellows have graduated with Ph.D.'s,
in an average
completion time of 5.5 years.
|Up to 50 Fellowships
(renewable for up to five years) are granted each year to students
pursuing doctoral degrees at one of
institutions in the State of Florida. Each Fellowship
consists of $17,000 per year in tuition, fees, and stipend.
The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to
address the under-representation of African American and
Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state
of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with
Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels.
As a by-product, it is expected that employment
opportunities in industry will also be expanded.
Up to 50 Fellowships are awarded annually to study at one of
nine participating Florida universities. Each award
provides annual tuition up to $5,000 (tuition above this
amount is waived by the participating institution) for each
of three academic years plus an annual stipend of $12,000.
(An additional two years of support at this same level is
provided by the participating institution.) The award also
comprehensive system of academic support.
Each annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory
performance and normal progress toward the Ph.D. degree.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida
You may view each institution's resource person and eligible academic programs by
ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF STUDY:
fields of study include any field in the Arts and Sciences,
Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, or the
Visual and Performing Arts. Fellowships are especially
encouraged in, but not limited to, the following
||Business Administration Chemistry
Academic programs that lead to professional degrees such as
the M.D., D.B.A., D.D.S., J.D. and D.V.M., are not covered
by the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. With the exception of
Ph.D. programs in Math Education, Science Education, and
Educational Measurement and Testing, graduate programs which
are housed in a university's School or College of Education
(whether leading to Ed.D. or Ph.D.) are not covered by the
McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.
WHO MAY APPLY:
An applicant must be African American or Hispanic, a U.S.
citizen, and hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a
regionally accredited college or university.
Since this program is intended to increase enrollment in
Ph.D. programs, currently enrolled doctoral students are not
eligible to apply.
The Fellowship will be awarded only to persons who intend to
seek Ph.D. degrees in one of the disciplines in the Arts
and Sciences, Mathematics, Business or Engineering. In those
doctoral programs which require entry at the master's level
prior to acceptance at the doctoral level, institutional
verification will be required.
The Fellowships must be used at one of the participating
Florida universities previously indicated and will be
awarded only to those eligible individuals who have been
accepted for graduate study at one of the participating
All application materials must be submitted on line and/or
postmarked no later than January 15th of each year.
APPLY NOW: The FEF strongly encourages all
applicants to submit the MDF Application
online via the Program's
secure online application.
To apply online now, click
If you encounter any difficulty submitting the online
application, please contact the FEF webmaster at
If you do not have easy online access, paper
application forms are available upon request. Please call
the FEF at (813) 272-2772 to request a paper application