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Fellowships & Scholarships


There are many different opportunities for graduate students to obtain funding for graduate education. These can be classified into three areas:

Students with existing support will not be considered for most of these fellowships. In addition, in most cases students will only receive a maximum of one award.

USF Office of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Fellowships

Fellowship Deadline Information Application
Ann Winch Fellowship February 15 Details Click to Apply!
Delores Auzenne Fellowship January 19 Details Departmental Nomination Only
Dissertation Completion Fellowship Summer: February 15;
Fall: May 15;
Spring: October 15
Details Click to Apply!
Genshaft Family Doctoral Fellowship February 15 Details Click to Apply!
Graduate Student Success Fellowship January 19 Details Departmental Nomination Only
Kreplick Graduate Fellowship February 15 Details Click to Apply!
Presidential Doctoral Fellowship January 15 Details Departmental Nomination Only
USF Signature Research Doctoral Fellowship February 15 Details Click to Apply!

Additional Opportunities Not Awarded by Graduate Studies

(check the linked websites for deadlines that are typically in early January)
Kosove Graduate Fellowship
McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

USF Scholarships and Fellowships Awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies

Ann Winch Fellowship


Due Date: February 15
How to Apply: Click to Apply!
About the Fellowship: The Ann Winch Fellowship was established to encourage and enable mature students in their pursuit of a graduate degree, and to promote scholarship and leadership at the graduate level.
Application/Nomination Process: Direct from the applicant, but an academic department may also nominate a student.
Selection Process: A campus-wide faculty committee will rank the candidates and make recommendations.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: $1,000; non-renewable
Eligibility:
  • Enrolled as a Graduate Student at USF in good academic standing
  • Maintained a household or has been in the workforce
  • Proven track record of community service
  • Strong moral characted and strong leadership capacity
  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Demonstrated Financial Need

Delores Auzenne Fellowship


Due Date: January 19
How to Apply: By Departmental Nomination only - Program faculty should contact Dr. Ruth Bahr.
About the Fellowship: The Delores Auzenne Fellowship provides academically talented new domestic doctoral students who contribute diversity in USF graduate programs with opportunities for funding and recognition. Students should represent individuals who are historically underrepresented in specific disciplines along the dimensions of ethnicity and gender.
Application/Nomination Process: There will be approximately 2 awards made each year. As part of the application package, the Department/School should provide a letter of recommendation (not to exceed 500 words) that describes the student's qualifications for receiving the Fellowship and provide the student's letter of intent or student essay, as well as a transcript and test scores (if required).
Selection Process: The Policy/Fellowship committee of the Graduate Council will review the candidates from each College and make the award selections.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: Doctoral students receive $16,000 per year for up to three (3) years, contingent upon available funding.
Tuition Each award comes with a tuition waiver.
Eligibility:
  • Student must be a new, incoming doctoral student. A Master's student from USF who is entering the doctoral program may be considered for this award.
  • The fellowship recipient must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its Trust Territories.
  • Recipients must be enrolled full time and be making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree in order to be eligible for funding in years 2-3.
  • Students cannot receive this fellowship concurrent with other university-based or grant-funded programs. Individual departments may top off this award to make the stipend comparable to the other students in their department.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship


Due Date: February 15 (Summer), May 15 (Fall), October 15 (Spring)
How to Apply: Click to Apply!
Application/Nomination Process: Direct from the doctoral candidate. A letter of recommendation from your major professor and a 2-page double-spaced description of the dissertation project. The student must be engaged full-time in the completion of the research and writing of the dissertation, including continued communication with the major professor/s. This Fellowship is not to be used for funding after a successful dissertation defense.

The description of the dissertation project should present an abstract of your research prospectus (not to exceed 500 words):

Purpose, objective, and rationale:
This section should summarize your study accurately and concisely by explaining the overall purpose of the study and the research problem you intend to investigate.

Methods:
Clearly and precisely describe your intended methodology and procedures and why you have selected these particular approaches. This should summarize the basic design of your study. Your study should follow the accepted paradigms, discourses, and current approaches in your field.

Major findings:
Specify how your work will contribute to your field of study, how it will answer your research questions, and the overall impact of your study in your academic area.

Timeframe:
Specify the timeline in which your project will occur and develop time limits for individual components of your project.

Selection Process: The Policy/Fellowship committee of the Graduate Council will review the candidates, rank the applications, and make the award selections.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: $8,000 for one semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).
Tuition: A tuition waiver and payment of student fees will be provided.
Health Insurance: USF Student Health Insurance will be provided for individual coverage for the duration of the award.
Eligibility:
Outside Employment: No Graduate Assistantships or other USF fellowships/scholarships or outside employment may be held during the award period.
Prior USF Fellowships: Students that have received 5-year fellowships are not eligible for these awards.

Genshaft Family Doctoral Fellowship


Due Date: February 15
How to Apply: Click to Apply!
Application/Nomination Process: Direct from the applicant. Part of the Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fellowships.
Selection Process: The Policy/Fellowship committee of the Graduate Council will review the candidates, rank the applications, and make the award selections.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: $10,000 per year, for up to two (2) years (contingent upon academic progress).
Tuition: This award carries a tuition waiver.
Eligibility:
  • Academically talented full-time doctoral students in areas specific to STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical fields, including Psychology) who demonstrate financial need.
  • Note that USF's M.D. and Physical Therapy programs are not eligible for consideration for this fellowship.
  • Previous Genshaft Family Doctoral Fellowship winners are not eligible to reapply.

Graduate Student Success Fellowship


Due Date: January 19
How to Apply: By Departmental Nomination only - Program faculty should contact Dr. Ruth Bahr.
About the Fellowship: The Graduate Student Success Fellowship provides financial assistance to new academically talented, first-generation doctoral students who demonstrate financial need and have overcome considerable obstacles and financial hardships in the pursuit of a doctoral degree. Individuals from programs, such as Ronald E. McNair, the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (FGLSAMP), and FAMU Feeder programs will be given particular consideration.
Application/Nomination Process: There will be approximately 12 awards made each year. As part of the application package, the Department/School should provide a letter of recommendation (not to exceed 500 words) that describes his/her qualifications for receiving the Fellowship and provide the student's letter of intent or student essay, as well as a transcript and test scores (if required).
Selection Process: The Policy/Fellowship committee of the Graduate Council will review the candidates from each College and make the award selections.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: Doctoral students received $16,000/year for up to three (3) years, contingent upon available funding.
Tuition: Each award carries a tuition waiver.
Eligibility:
  • Requires filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Preferably no later than January 2nd.
  • Student must be a new, incoming doctoral student. A Master's student from USF who is entering the doctoral program may be considered for this award.
  • Requires U.S citizenship.
  • Recipients must be enrolled full time and be making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree in order to be eligible for funding in years 2-3.
  • Students cannot receive this fellowship concurrent with other university-based or grant-funded programs. Individual departments may top off this award to make the stipend comparable to the other students in their department.
  • Please note that students applying to or enrolled in USF's M.D. and Physical Therapy programs are not eligible for consideration for this fellowship.

Kreplick Graduate Fellowship


Due Date: February 15
How to Apply: Click to Apply!
Application/Nomination Process: Direct from the applicant. Part of the Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fellowships.
Selection Process: A campus-wide faculty committee will rank the candidates and make recommendations.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: $1,000; non-renewable
Eligibility:
  • Graduate students "who plan their careers to educate or to help others."
  • Public high school graduates.
  • Students pursuing graduate degrees in Education (particularly child development and special education disciplines), Nursing, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Criminology.
  • Upper age limit: 30 years.

Presidential Doctoral Fellowship


Due Date: January 15
How to Apply: Graduate Program Directors will submit their nominations - Applicants do not apply themselves.
Application/Nomination Process: Departmental Nominations only. Students may not nominate themselves.
Nominations are to be submitted by Department/School Graduate Program Directors.
Selection Process: Nominations are evaluated and selected by the USF Graduate Council Policy/Fellowship Committee.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: $25,000 per year, plus tuition & fees, for up to five (5) years. (Contingent upon academic progress.)
Health Insurance: USF Student Health Insurance will be provided for individual coverage for the duration of the award.
Conference Travel: Up to $1,000 will be provided to support travel to research conferences where the fellow is presenting research.
Eligibility:
  • Available to new doctoral students with exceptional academic credentials (ex. evidence of experience in the field; research productivity, awards, honors; and professional contributions and achievements to the field).
  • Students must not have taken or be taking classes at USF, degree or non-degree seeking when nominated for this award
  • By Departmental Nomination Only - program faculty should contact Dr. Ruth Bahr.

USF Signature Research Doctoral Fellowship


Due Date: February 15
How to Apply: Click to Apply!
Application/Nomination Process: Direct from the doctoral candidate. A letter of recommendation from your major professor and a 2-page double-spaced description of the dissertation project is requested. The award is for two years, contingent upon available funding.

The description of the dissertation project should present an abstract of your research prospectus (not to exceed 500 words):

Purpose, objective, and rationale:
This section should summarize your study accurately and concisely by explaining the overall purpose of the study and the research problem you intend to investigate.

Methods:
Clearly and precisely describe your intended methodology and procedures and why you have selected these particular approaches. This should summarize the basic design of your study. Your study should follow the accepted paradigms, discourses, and current approaches in your field.

Major findings:
Specify how your work will contribute to your field of study, how it will answer your research questions, and the overall impact of your study in your academic area.

Timeframe:
Specify the timeline in which your project will occur and develop time limits for individual components of your project.
Selection Process: The Policy/Fellowship committee of the Graduate Council will review the candidates, rank the applications, and make the award selections.
Award Specifics:
Stipend: $18,000 per year, plus a full-time tuition waiver & payment of student fees.
Health Insurance: USF Student Health Insurance will be provided for individual coverage for the duration of the award.
Conference Travel: Recipients will receive up to $600 each year of the fellowship to support attendance at a state, regional, national or international discipline-related academic conference in which the Fellow is presenting.
Eligibility:
  • Recipients must be enrolled full time in order to be eligible for this award. Individual departments may top off this award to make the stipend comparable to the other students in their department.
  • Must be already admitted to candidacy.
  • Demonstrated record of sustained progress toward the degree.
  • The proposed research must be in one of the USF signature research areas:
    • Integrated Neurosciences
    • Sustainability of populations and/or environment
    • Diabetes and autoimmune disorders
    • Drug Design and Delivery