Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Student Success Fellowship

Due Date: January 21
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 10 awards made each year. As part of the application package, the Department/School should provide a letter of support (not to exceed 500 words) that describes how this student meets the qualifications for receiving this Fellowship and why this student is a good fit for the Department. In addition, please provide the student's letter of intent or student essay from their application packet, as well as an unofficial transcript and test scores (if required).
Number of Nominations per Department: Nominations must come from academic departments. Approximately 10 Graduate Student Success Fellowships will be awarded. Individual departments should nominate their single best candidate for consideration. Multiple nominees from single departments or programs will not be considered.
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 $10,000 per year for up to three (3) years, contingent upon available funding. This award would be used to supplement the Departmental award during the Fall and Spring semesters ($2000/semester) and provide a $6000 summer fellowship.
  • Tuition: Each award carries a tuition waiver.
Eligibility:
  • Student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Student must be a new, incoming doctoral student. A Bachelor's or 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.
  • Recipients must be making satisfactory progress toward their degree in order to be eligible for funding in years 2-3.
  • Please note that students applying to or enrolled in USF's M.D and Physical Therapy (DPT) programs are not eligible for consideration for this fellowship.