The Florida Education Fund (FEF) was funded initially by a major grant from the McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and, subsequently, a challenge grant from the Foundation, which required matching funds from the Florida Legislature. As a not-for-profit corporation established in 1984, the FEF has provided an avenue to ensure that educational advancement is possible.  This quasi-public entity with a statewide mission and national impact, was originally known as the McKnight Programs in Higher Education and administered by the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, which serves as the forerunner to what is now known as the FEF.

Current Opportunities for Florida Education Fund

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
Description: Up to 50 Fellowships are awarded annually to study at one of the nine participating Florida universities. Each award provides annual tuition up to $5,000 for each of three academic years, plus an annual stipend of $12,000. (An additional two years of support at this same level is provided by the participating institution.)* Each annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory performance and normal progress toward the Ph.D. degree. It is important to note that the University of Miami and the Florida Institute of Technology will cover tuition expenses over the $5,000 paid by the Florida Education Fund. Furthermore, universities may supplement the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship’s stipend to varying degrees.

Contact Information

Florida Education Fund
201 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602