Established in 1984, the Florida Education Fund's (FEF) McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
Program has increased the number of African Americans who have earned Ph.D.'s in historically
underrepresented, crucial disciplines where African Americans have not historically
enrolled and completed degree programs. The FEF has awarded more than 750 fellowships
to African Americans and Hispanics pursuing Ph.D.'s, and the program enjoys an impressive
retention rate of over 84%. More than 500 fellows have graduated with Ph.D.'s, in
an average completion time of 5.5 years.