Academics: Funding for Incoming Students
Available to Incoming Students
Successful PMCB students are supported by a variety of University of Florida research assistantships and fellowships. PMCB students are not required to teach to receive their stipend and are usually hired as research assistants. PMCB Graduate Research Assistantships include a competitive stipend, medical insurance and full tuition waiver.
Every Fall semester, the program awards a limited number of rotation assistantships to students seeking a Ph.D. First year students on rotation assistantships complete short research projects in three different faculty laboratories and select a final Ph.D. advisor by the end of their second semester with PMCB.
Non-rotating Ph.D. students (also called ‘direct admits’) and Master’s students must identify a major professor willing to financially support their program of study before gaining admission to the program.
Our Assistantships usually offer a stipend of $25,000 for each 12-month year, depending on funding sources. Assistantships also include tuition waiver and health insurance coverage (see GatorGradCare). Students on research assistantships register for 24 credits annually (9 each Fall and Spring; 6 in Summer C). Students may be responsible for payment of student fees (approximately $1,000 annually). Students are required to maintain an overall graduate GPA of at least 3.0, make good progress towards their degree, meet all expectations as noted in the PMCB Graduate Assistant Annual Evaluation, and fulfill other duties assigned by their advisor and the PMCB program.
Graduate School Fellowship Program
The Graduate School Fellowship (GSF) is the highest graduate student award available at University of Florida. Funded at nationally competitive levels, these highly prestigious awards support students in all programs and departments of University of Florida awarding a Ph.D. or MFA. Successful applicants have outstanding undergraduate preparation, a strong commitment to their field of study, and demonstrated potential in research and creative activities. It provides a full 4 years of support in stipend and tuition waiver for qualifying students. The Graduate School Fellowship stipend is currently $22,000 per year. The GSF is allocated directly to PMCB. The program decides internally among those newly accepted students who will be awarded the GSF.
The Grinter Fellowship helps recruit truly exceptional graduate students to the University of Florida. The awards are made to new Ph.D. students entering the University in the Fall semester. Awards are usually between $2,000 to $4,000.
Additional UF Funding
The University of Florida offers a number of other financial aid options to help incoming graduate students secure the necessary funding to pursue their educational goals:
- The Graduate School offers funding sources available at UF and outside the university.
- The University of Florida Graduate School's Financial Aid Bulletin Board alerts you to fellowships, grants and scholarships offered by organizations outside the university to help fund your graduate education at the University of Florida.
- The University of Florida Student Financial Affairs Officehelps students secure the necessary funding to pursue their educational goals at UF. It offers numerous online material on loans, grants, scholarships, student employment and other forms of financial aid from university, government and outside sources to incoming graduate students.
- External Funding Opportunity Resources by the UF Office of Research is updated weekly with both internal and external funding opportunities.
- The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS / IFAS) offers a list of awards, scholarships and travel grants to prospective CALS graduate students. PMCB is part of CALS.
- The UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs (OGMP) offers a number of opportunities that strive to recruit and mentor graduate students in minority and underrepresented demographics to UF.