Funding and Assistantships


Graduate assistantships are available to qualified* students on a competitive basis and are administered through the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. Assistantships are awarded depending on the available funding each year and are focused in the area of teaching, research and/or extension.


In addition to assistantships, PhD students are eligible for fellowship awards. Fellowship awards are given on a competitive basis. The Graduate Committee nominates potential PhD students for fellowships. If a potential PhD student is interested in a fellowship, they should complete the application (232KB PDF) and turn it in with their application. Below you will find a list of additional graduate fellowships available to you.

Deadline to apply for assistantship or fellowship

Any student interested in an assistantship or fellowship must have their complete application packet, assistantship application and essay sent to Erica Diffenderfer by the posted application deadlines:

  • February 1st for Summer/Fall admission
  • September 1st for Spring admission

Health Insurance

The GatorGradCare plan is available free of charge to students on assistantship or fellowship beginning January 2007. Students who want to participate in the GatorGradCare plan must enroll through the website.

*Applicants for the Distance Delivered Master of Science program are NOT eligible for fellowship/assistantship funding.

Contact Us

To find out more about our graduate program, contact us below.