Funding and Financial Support

Most funding opportunities are available for fall admission though there may be limited opportunities for spring or summer admission. 

Graduate Assistantship

Benefits include:

Stipend: The minimum stipend amount for the College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) is $29,000/year.

Tuition waiver: 24 credits of tuition/year. Students are required to enroll in 9 credits in the fall and spring semesters, and 6 credits in the summer semester. The tuition waiver does not usually include student fees, which are approximately $82/credit hour. More information regarding tuition and fee is available on the UF Finance and Accounting website.

Health insurance: Graduate Assistants have the opportunity to enroll in GatorGradCare health insurance. The cost of individual (employee only) coverage is $12 monthly.

Work responsibility: Graduate Assistants are appointed at 0.5 FTE (20/hours a week). Work responsibilities vary based on assignment. Some students may spend their 20 hours a week working as a teaching assistant, others as research assistants, or a mixture. General responsibilities will be outline in letter of offer.

How to apply: All applicants will be automatically considered for eligible and available Graduate Assistant positions. No additional materials are required but applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application by the priority deadline (December 1st for fall admission; June 1st for spring admission).

For completed details of the rights and responsibilities of a Graduate Assistant, please see the Graduate Assistants United (GAU) Collective Bargaining Agreement.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

The Office of Graduate Student Support and Engagement, in partnership with the Florida Education Fund, administers the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for African-American and Hispanic students. The program is designed to increase the number of African-American and Hispanic faculty in the state of Florida. Each fellow receives a base stipend of $26,080 with tuition, health insurance and fee waiver for a maximum of five years for a Ph.D. Applicants must be US citizens admitted to a University of Florida Ph.D. program and entering the first year of that program.

All eligible Rehabilitation Science applicants should apply to the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.

How to apply: Applications must be submitted directly to the Florida Education Fund before January 15 to compete for funding opportunities the following fall. Students are not required to have admission decisions at the time of application submission. Students are notified by the Florida Education Fund of selection decisions directly. All application materials must be submitted directly to the Florida Education Fund by January 15. The deadline will be strictly enforced. McKnight Doctoral Fellowship applications can be completed at the Florida Education Fund website, or by calling 813-272-2772