Funding Opportunities

The ABE Department expects to have at least two Alumni Graduate Awards available for Ph.D. students each Fall. The stipend will be a minimum of $22,000 per year plus tuition for four years. Minimum requirements are: 3.3 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and competitive GRE scores. Most fellowship recipients are selected by February or March each year for the following Fall term.

Outstanding applicants who are currently in the U.S. may be eligible to receive a travel grant to visit our department. Please contact Dr. Greg Kiker (Graduate Coordinator) at 352-392-1864 ext. 291 for further details.


To obtain a departmental assistantship, graduate students should contact specific faculty members in areas of their research interest. If the student meets the faculty member's requirements and there is funding available, then an assistantship may be offered to the student by the department or the specific faculty member. For a complete list of our department's faculty members, visit the faculty directory.

The Teaching Center provides student teaching assistants with resources to enhance their teaching skills.

Fellowships and Scholarships

We encourage you to apply early to be eligible for funding opportunities.

  • McNair Bostick Scholarship
    • For Ph.D. graduate students in the UF/IFAS ABE department who are working on modeling and analysis of Agricultural and Natural Resources Systems. This $500 scholarship is awarded on the basis of scholarship, leadership in the university/community, dedication to her/his career, and high quality research related to sustainable management of agricultural and natural resources. Scholarship applications are due October 15th and recipients are selected for the Spring semester.
  • Ken and Cindy Campbell Graduate Student Travel Scholarship
    • The Ken and Cindy Campbell Graduate Student Travel Scholarship was established in 2015 to support graduate students researching water-related issues in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Florida/IFAS. Scholarships of up to $750 are awarded in support of expenses related to travel to research projects, competitions, presentation of a paper at a professional conference with attendance at an academic or professional organizational meeting, and participation in a competitive unpaid internship or workshop.
  • UF Resources for Graduate Financial Aid
    • View a list of financial aid opportunities for graduate students available from a number of sources at the University of Florida.
  • Alumni Graduate Initiative
    • Alumni Graduates represent the highest graduate student award available at the University. Funded at nationally competitive levels, these highly prestigious awards support students in all programs and departments of the University awarding a Ph.D. or MFA. 
  • Graduate School Fellowships
    • Designed to recruit truly exceptional graduate students to the University of Florida. Currently enrolled UF graduate students are not eligible, except in the particular case in which they will be entering a Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) program for the first time. NOTE: Students enrolled in the Colleges of Engineering and Law are not eligible for Grinter Fellowships.
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Financial Aid
    • View a list of scholarships and fellowships available to students in CALS.
  • Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Financial Aid
    • The College of Engineering offers approximately 750 research and teaching assistantships. View a list of scholarships and fellowships available to engineering graduate students.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
    • Graduate students interested in combining their disciplinary studies with African language and area studies can apply for the FLAS fellowships. Studying an African language is required.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
    • The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) provides funding for a graduate education for those students pursuing studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science.
  • GEM Fellowships
    • GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships.
  • McNair Scholars Program
    • The UF McNair Scholars Program supports undergraduate college students from low-income, first-generation and underrepresented backgrounds in their progress towards a doctoral degree.
    • SEAGEP partners with faculty and Departments to provide awards to U.S. citizens and permanent residents in support of their goal of earning a Ph.D. in science, engineering, or mathematics, and becoming a member of the Professoriate.
  • Academic Common Market
    • The applicant is responsible to show its home Academic Common Market state that no other degree program in the home state provides the chosen graduate specialization. These states will accept applications from the prospective student to attend UF campus and pay in-state tuition rates. See the ACM website for the participating states.
  • FastWeb (Financial Aid Search)
    • FastWeb lists more than 1.3 million scholarships worth $3 billion. Create a personal profile to receive a list of exactly those scholarships matching your skills and interests.

Health Insurance

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

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