Financial Aid

Faculty in the department continually compete on the university, state, and national level for support of research projects and clinical service programs. Almost all funded grants administered by the department support graduate students as research assistants. In the absence of such funding the Department often can offer first-year students a 1/3-time departmental assistantship. The duties of this assistantship are jointly negotiated by the department chair, program director, and the student, and may involve research, teaching, or other responsibilities. A limited number of Fellowships (Alumni Fellowship, Presidential Fellowship) may be available to qualified students.

As students focus an interest area and gain exposure to research conducted by faculty, other assistantship and fellowship opportunities become available. In addition to the financial support which is available through the faculty’s participation in the competitive grant review process, students are encouraged to submit their own projects under faculty sponsorship for external funding consideration.

At the present time the department and its collaborating units support 100% of its active graduate students seeking funding through fellowships or assistantships. Most of these students are funded by federal grants or clinical training monies, though some have been assigned clinical or research duties in other departments or agencies, and others have succeeded in securing their own support through competitive review at the local and national level.

For more information on various university, college, and department scholarships and fellowships go to

Minority Fellowships

Fellowships for minority students may be awarded from different sources:

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship may be awarded to African American and Hispanic students newly admitted into selected doctoral degree programs at universities in the State of Florida. The stipend is $12,000 for 12 months. In addition, the fellowship pays for tuition and fees, and all allowance for health insurance, computer equipment, books, and supplies up to $5000 annually. The fellowship may be funded for a maximum of 5 years. African Americans and Hispanics who are U.S. citizens are eligible. The application deadline is January 15th.

Since this deadline is well past our Program application deadline we strongly recommend that ALL McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Applicants forward copies of the materials we require to our office by our deadline with a note indicating that they are a McKnight applicant. This will ensure that your application is considered and reviewed by our Admission Committee.

To receive an application for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, write to: Florida Education Fund (F.E.F.), 201 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1525, Tampa, FL 33602, or telephone 813-272-2772 or visit their website at You may also want to check out The Gates Millennium Scholars Program administered by the United Negro College Fund which will provide scholarships and fellowships for outstanding low-income African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian-Pacific American students to attend graduate institutions of their choice.

Further information concerning resources for minority students can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Minority Programs, 115 Grinter Hall, 352/392-6444, their e-mail is, or visit the homepage at

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