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Graduate Student Awards, Travel Grants and Fellowships

CALS Graduate Awards

  • Jack L. Fry Graduate Student Teaching Award
    • Purpose

      To reward excellence in teaching by a CALS graduate student.

      Eligibility

      All CALS graduate students who have been teaching or course assistants are eligible. Appointment on assistantship is not a necessary criterion. The individual must be a graduate student who has taught or assisted substantially in teaching at least one undergraduate class during the previous year (Spring, Summer, or Fall). Excellence and effectiveness should be demonstrated by supporting documentation and letter(s) of support from the Department Chair/Center Director and supervisory faculty. Letters of support from former students may also be included. Selection is made by the CALS Graduate Student Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships Committee.

      Information and Required Files

      Award Information & Application Requirements

      Deadline: February 8, 2017

      For more information, please contact the Graduate Coordinator of your department.

  • Jimmy G. Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence
    • Eligibility

      The Jimmy G. Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student currently enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Selection is made by the CALS Graduate Student Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships Committee. The awardee receives the medal and a monetary award. The recipient shall demonstrate high academic potential and achievement, leadership and community involvement, commitment and passion about his/her chosen field of study, personal sacrifice for his/her education and effort above and beyond the call of duty. Preference will be given to students pursuing a PhD or DPM degree.

      Information and Required Files

       Deadline: February 8, 2017

Travel Grants

  • IFAS/CALS Graduate Student Travel Grant
    • Purpose

      The IFAS/CALS Graduate Student Travel Grant Program provides matching funds up to $250.00 to each graduate student applicant who is presenting a paper or poster on their original research at a regional, national, or international scientific meeting (one award per fiscal year). This travel grant must be matched 1:1 by funds provided through the student's department/program or advisor. The grants are reimbursed directly to the department, not the graduate student.

      Eligibility

      All graduate students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and School of Natural Resources and Environment are eligible.

      Apply online: Application

      Deadlines: depend on the date of your travel:

      For Conference dates: Apply by:
      January 1st - March 31st November 1st
      April 1st - June 30th February 1st
      July 1st - September 30th May 1st
      October 1st - December 31st August 1st
  • James Davidson Graduate Travel Scholarship
    • Purpose

      The purpose of these scholarships is to provide funding to help defray travel expenses for graduate students presenting a paper or poster at a national or international professional meeting or conference. These scholarships are named after Dr. James M. Davidson, former Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, who established the endowment to fund these scholarships.

      Eligibility

      All graduate students in CALS

      Apply: [PDF]

      Deadlines: depend on the date of your travel:

      For Conference dates: Apply by:
      January 1st - June 30th November 1st
      July 1st - December 31st May 1st
  • UF Graduate Student Council Travel Grants
    • The UF Graduate Student Council provides travel grants of up to $350.

      Apply online: Apply here

  • UF Research and Graduate Programs Travel Grant
    • Purpose

      Travel to conferences, symposia, and special research opportunities are essential for the professional development of advanced research students. The University also benefits by being represented at such events. The Office of Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) has therefore established a program to supplement student travel when other funding sources are insufficient. RGP guidelines for travel funding cap awards at $300 per trip and require 1:1 matching funds from the department and/or college. These funds are primarily for assistance with the cost of travel, particularly airfare. These grants are one-time awards to Graduate Students. RGP can not provide any retroactive reimbursements.

      Apply: [PDF]

UF Fellowships

  • The Graduate School Fellowship (GSF) Program
    • Purpose

      Each Spring, CALS is awarded Graduate School Fellowships for the upcoming academic year. The Graduate School Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $22,000 (subject to change), health insurance premium, and a full tuition waiver.

      Eligibility

      Students entering into a Ph.D. program administered within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For more information, please contact the Graduate Coordinator of your intended Ph.D. program.

  • The Graduate School Grinter Fellowships
    • Purpose

      Grinter fellowships are named in honor of Dr. Linton E. Grinter, who was Dean of the Graduate School, 1952-1969. The intent of the Grinter Fellowship is to facilitate the recruitment of truly exceptional graduate students to the University of Florida through partial stipend support.

      Eligibility

      Students entering into a Ph.D. program administered within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For more information, please contact the Graduate Coordinator of your intended Ph.D. program. Grinter Fellowship stipends are normally in the $2,000-$4,000 per year range. Continuation of the Grinter beyond the first year (up to a total of three years) is contingent upon satisfactory student progress.

UF International Center Awards

  • Alec Courtelis Award
    • The Alec Courtelis Award is given annually to three outstanding international graduate students.  The award was first given at the 1996 International Student Awards Ceremony by Louise Courtelis in honor of her late husband, Alec Courtelis, a well-known financier and former Chairman of the Board of Regents. A wall plaque bearing the name of the award recipients and the year it was awarded is located at the University of Florida International Center. The University of Florida International Center is pleased to announce they will be presenting three awards this year of $3,000.00, $1,500.00, and $1,500.00 respectively. 

      Eligibility/Nominating Criteria

      • 1. Currently enrolled in a Master or Doctoral Program.
      • 2. Demonstrates outstanding academic achievement.
      • 3. Contributions to the department, rec center, and college exceed expectations.
      • 4. Contributions and service to campus life at UF and/or statewide educational facility exceed expectations.
      • 5. A non-immigrant student visa holder (F-1 or J-1).
      • 6. Involvement in Gainesville community.
      • 7. Note: If student at statewide educational facility, involvement in local community will suffice.

      To nominate international graduate student/s, the academic unit should submit to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean’s Office a nomination packet that includes the following items:

      • 1. Three letters of recommendation to Dr. Al Wysocki (addressing above criteria).
      • 2. Student’s Curriculum Vitae or resume.

      The CALS Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships committee will rank the nominees and the top two nominees' packets will then be forward to the University of Florida International Center's selection committee. The recipient and their faculty advisor (for graduate students) must attend the UFIC International Student Awards Ceremony during the Fall semester. 

      A selection committee appointed by the University of Florida International Center will choose and rank the submitted nominees. This award will be presented at the UFIC Awards Ceremony on November 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

      Nomination Packets are due to the CALS Dean's office by Monday September 28, 2015.

  • Scarborough Scholarship
    • Purpose

      The Scarborough Agency has provided an insurance option for international students for nearly 20 years.  The agency established this award to show appreciation for the opportunity to work with international students at the University of Florida.

      The Scarborough Scholarship will be given to two international students enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in the amount of $1,000.00 each.

      The nominees should meet the following criteria:

      • Demonstrates unforeseen financial difficulty due to medical circumstances.*
      • Currently enrolled full-time in a Master's or Ph.D. program.
      • Demonstrates at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
      • A non-immigrant J-1 or F-1 student visa holder.

      Upon meeting the above criteria you may nominate yourself or another student by submitting the following:

      • 1. An essay of 500-800 words describing unforeseen circumstances.*
      • 2. Supporting documentation: receipts, bills, letters from professors, etc.

      A slection committee appointed by the University of Florida International Center will rank and choose the submitted nominees. *Essays and documentation are confidential and are only viewed by the UFIC selection committe.


      Please submit your essay to Vanessa Fayo by Friday, October 2, 2015.

  • Scarborough-Maud Fraser Scholarship
    • Purpose

      The Scarborough Agency has provided an insurance option for international students for nearly 20 years.  The agency established this award to show appreciation for the outstanding service provided by the International Student Services staff. The award will be given in the honor of Mrs. Maud Fraser, who provided outstanding service to international students for 13 years; Mrs. Fraser retired June 30, 2010.

      The Scarborough-Maud Fraser Scholarship will be given to one international student enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in the amount of $1,000.00 each.

      The nominees should meet the following criteria:

      • Demonstrates outstanding service record
      • Currently enrolled full-time in a Master's or Ph.D. program.
      • Demonstrates at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
      • A non-immigrant J-1 or F-1 student visa holder.

      Upon meeting the above criteria you may nominate yourself or another student by submitting the following:

      • 1. An essay of 500-800 words describing the service you have performed for UF and/or the Gainesville community.
      • 2. Two letters of reference from sources, other than family or friends, supporting the information in the essay.

       A selection committee appointed by the University of Florida International Center will rank and choose the submitted nominees. This award will be presented at the UFIC Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

      Please submit your essay and letters to Vanessa Fayo by Friday, October 2, 2015.

  • Outstanding International Student Awards
    • Purpose

      During the Fall semester, the Dean’s Office will forward a list of international students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to all CALS academic units. Each academic unit can nominate one international student (undergraduate and graduate) to be recognized as an outstanding international student. The CALS Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships committee will choose five students from the pool of nominees. The recipient and their faculty advisor (for graduate students) must attend the UFIC International Student Awards Ceremony during the Fall semester. Other faculty and unit administrators are encouraged to attend. This is not a monetary award; students will receive a certificate signed by the College Dean.

      Eligibility/Nominating Criteria

      • 1. Minimum GPA of 3.5.
        2. Exceptional scholarly research activity.
        3. Outstanding participation in the department.
        4. Service to the University community.

      To nominate an international student, the academic unit should submit a letter of nomination to Dr. Al Wysocki (Associate Dean) addressing the eligibility/nominating criteria. The letter of nomination should be signed by the undergraduate coordinator for undergraduate students or the graduate coordinator for graduate students. The Unit Leaders signature is required on the nomination letter for both undergraduate and graduate students.

      A selection committee appointed by the University of Florida International Center will choose and rank the submitted nominees. This award will be presented at the UFIC Awards Ceremony on Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at a location to be announced.  

      Nomination Packets are due to the CALS Dean's Office by Monday September 28, 2015.

Additional Opportunities

  • Rotary Global Grant Scholarship
    • The Rotary Global Grant Scholarship is for a graduate student who is committed to study abroad in one of the Six Focus Areas of Rotary. The Applicant can be a graduating senior, recent graduate or a professional who wishes to return to school at the graduate level. The student must have a local Rotary Club sponsor. Further the student must have identified an institution abroad, and by time the application reaches Rotary International, must have been accepted by the institution and a contact at that institute known. In addition a local Rotary Club host must be identified. The Guidelines, Applications and the Six Areas of Focus are available here.