Graduate student funding at UF comes in many forms with different forms.

McNair Doctoral Program


Dr. Ronald McNairThe McNair Doctoral Program is named for the late Dr. Ronald McNair (1950-1986, pictured left), who earned his Physics Ph.D. degree in 1976 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, became a NASA astronaut in 1978, and perished aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger during its tragic 1986 mission. It aims to honor his legacy by propelling others to reach for new heights.

This fellowship supports students who successfully completed the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as undergraduate McNair Scholars.

As part of this fellowship, you will be appointed to a research assistant and expected to conduct research under faculty supervision.


This fellowship includes…

  • A stipend
  • In-state tuition
  • fee waiver
  • health insurance

...for up to four years for a Ph.D. student or up to three years for an MFA student.

McNair Scholars who apply to UF are also eligible for a graduate admission application fee waiver. To get that fee waiver, contact the UF Office of Admissions via this link: Contact UF Admissions.

Eligibility & Requirements
  • You must have completed the completed the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program successfully as an undergraduate.
  • You must have an official letter from your undergraduate McNair Scholars Program director confirming that you were or are in good standing with that program.
Deadlines & Critical Dates
  • The deadline for this fellowship is March 1 of each year.
  • Apply early! We accept applications on a rolling basis and review them as we receive them.
  • We cannot accept any application materials after the deadline.
Application & Instructions