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.
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.
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 universities.
Entire PhD track (annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory performance and normal progress toward PhD).
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.)