Graduate Financial Aid

The department offers financial aid to most qualified applicants in the form of NIH traineeships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships.  Assistantships and predoctoral traineeship stipends range from $20,000 to $22,500 per year plus tuition remission.  Sources of summer funding are also available.  For academic year 2011-2012 tuition is $1600 per credit hour.  Limited financial support for graduate student research and travel to scientific professional meetings for purposes of paper presentations is also available.


Assistantships in instruction and research are available to both entering and continuing students.  The normal work load of the assistantship is 15-20 hours per week during the academic year.  Assistantship stipends vary depending upon the field of work and whether the duties are instructional or research-oriented.


Fellowships are gifts that enable qualified students to devote all of their time to graduate study without the need to seek employment.  They include, University of Miami fellowships, and federal fellowships and traineeships whose stipends are fixed by law.

Minority Applicants

Various fellowship opportunities exist for academically qualified minority applicants.  McKnight Foundation Black Doctoral Fellowships are awarded each year by the Florida Endowment Fund to Black Americans, with support for 12 months for a 4-year period as well as 18 credit hours of tuition.  Applications must be completed by January 15 for McKnight consideration.  Applications may be obtained from:

The Florida Endowment Fund for Higher Education
201 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 1525
Tampa, FL 33602

Applications for national fellowships such as NSF, Ford, NIH, and the Jacob Javits Fellows Program are available early each Fall semester in the Graduate School Office, 210 Ferre Building, (305) 284-4154.