Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Student Success Fellowship

Due Date: January 18
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 $18,000/year for up to three (3) years, contingent upon available funding.
  • Tuition: Each award carries a tuition waiver.
  • Student is encouraged to file 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 (D.P.T.) programs are not eligible for consideration for this fellowship.