McKnight Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowship

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The information below is from the Florida Education Fund (FEF) website.  Click here to visit the FEF website.


The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program, funded by the FEF, 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.

The Award

Up to 50 Fellowships are awarded annually to study at one of nine participating Florida universities, including the University of Miami. 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 includes a comprehensive system of academic support.

Eligible Fields of Study

Eligible 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 disciplines:

  Business Administration Chemistry   Computer Science
  Marine Biology

No academic program that leads to a degree other than the Ph.D., including, but not limited to, the D.B.A., D.D.S., D.N.P., D.P.H., D.P.T., D.V.M., Ed.D., Ed.S., J.D., and M.D., will be covered by the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.

Applicant Eligibility

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 Fellowship will be awarded only to those eligible individuals who have been accepted for graduate study at one of the participating universities, in this case the University of Miami. 

Application Deadline and Process

First, submit an online application to a doctoral program at the University of Miami (See Eligible Fields of Study section above).  Click here to visit the University's "Apply" page.  Remember, a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship will be awarded only to those eligible individuals who have been accepted for graduate study at the University of Miami. 

Second, submit the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship application through the FEF website, click here, and/or postmarked no later than January 15th of each year. Applicants who encounter any difficulty submitting the online application are asked to contact the FEF webmaster at or 813-943-7578. Paper application forms are available upon request.  Please call the FEF at (813) 272-2772 to request a paper application form.