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Quick Facts

  • Top 25% - Ranking among doctoral programs in "Public Policy, Public Affairs and Public Administration" according to the National Research Council
  • 72 - Number of students enrolled in the program in Fall 2016
  • 12 - Number of program graduates in 2015-16

Financial Support

The College of Health and Public Affairs and the UCF College of Graduate Studies offer a number of opportunities for full-time students to receive fellowships and other means of financial support.This support includes:

For complete information, visit www.admissions.graduate.ucf.edu/funding/.

Merit-Based Fellowships

Trustees Doctoral Fellowship

College-nominated; selected by UCF Graduate Fellowships Committee; February; merit-based

  • Available to new doctoral students.
  • Requires GRE score of at least 1300 on the combined verbal-quantitative sections or GMAT score of at least 630.
  • Requires evidence of experience in the field; awards, recognition or honors; and professional contributions and achievements.
  • Provides $17,000 fellowship plus tuition support in years one and three and provides $17,000 assistantship plus tuition support in years two and four.

 

Presidential Doctoral Fellowship

College-nominated; selected by UCF Graduate Fellowships Committee; February 1; merit-based

  • Available to new doctoral students who are a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • Requires GRE score of at least 1300 on the combined verbal-quantitative sections or GMAT score of at least 630.
  • Requires evidence of experience in the field; awards, recognition or honors; and professional contributions and achievements.
  • Provides $18,000 fellowship per year for two years plus tuition support.

Minority Fellowships

Trustees Doctoral Fellowship

College-nominated, April 1

  • Provides $3,250 fellowship for minority graduate students to work closely with a faculty member on a research project during summer term.
  • Available to new minority graduate students who have been accepted to a graduate degree program (provisional acceptance is acceptable). Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.
  • If you are interested in this fellowship program, talk with your graduate program coordinator. Also, contact the UCF Graduate Studies Fellowship Coordinators (230 Millican Hall or for the details of the program.
  • Students selected for this fellowship must complete a Summer Mentoring Research Statement and Agreement.

 

Florida A&M University Feeder Program

Merit-based; check with UCF Graduate Studies for application deadline

  • Available only to graduates of FAMU. Master's award provides $10,000 per year ($5,000 fellowship each semester) for two years from UCF Graduate Studies.
  • Doctoral award provides $15,000 per year ($7,500 fellowship each semester) for two years from UCF Graduate Studies
  • Tuition support (in-state tuition only) for up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work per semester is provided by UCF Graduate Studies.
  • Student must request that FAMU send a nomination form to UCF Graduate Studies.
  • Student must complete a UCF fellowship-specific application.

 

Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship

Check with UCF Graduate Studies for application deadline

  • Provides $5,000 per year for two semesters ($2,500 each semester).
  • Available to new and continuing graduate minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.
  • Recipient must be a resident of the state of Florida for minimum of two years.
  • Students may reapply each year.
  • Student must complete a UCF fellowship-specific application.

 

McKight Doctoral Fellowship

McKnight application due January 15; merit-based

  • Provides $12,000 per year.
  • Five-year award; three years from Florida Education Fund and remaining two years from UCF.
  • Tuition support (in-state tuition only) for up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work per semester is provided by UCF Graduate Studies.
  • Available to new and continuing African-American doctoral students.
  • Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residen aliens.
  • Application available from UCF Graduate Studies

Scholarships

UCF Alumni Association Scholarship

  • The UCF Alumni Association awards more than $40,000 in scholarships each year to undergraduate and graduate students. See www.ucfalumni.com for information on how to apply.

Assistantships

Graduate Student Assistantships

Graduate Student Assistantships pay students to teach or otherwise facilitate instruction (GTA), or to work on funded research projects (GRA). Students must be attending full-time (9 credit hours fall and spring and 6 credit hours summer). They are paid a minimum of $10 per hour and must work at least 10 hours per week. GTAs and GRAs are normally contracted per term.

In the College of Health and Public Affairs, all students receiving fellowships must work in the program providing funding. The purpose of this employment is to support the program providing the funding and to provide teaching, research and administrative experiences of benefit to the student. For public affairs students, this may involve work for the doctoral program or in one of the contributing programs, departments or schools. Graduate assistantships may be funded by the public affairs program or by a contributing program.

All students applying for financial assistance are automatically considered for every type of funding opportunity; it is not necessary to apply for specific awards.

Tuition Waivers

Tuition waivers are provided for all doctoral students who are working as GRAs or GTAs.

If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,  Director, Center for Community Partnerships, UCF; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
I am especially proud to be a graduate of the program. The outstanding faculty and multidisciplinary curriculum have provided me with the unique opportunity to enjoy the kind of academic career I always envisioned.
— Joe Saviak,  Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, Flagler College; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
Our goals are to offer students a venue for exploring interdisciplinary approaches to policy issues, building various skills for the professional work environment and creating comradery among PAF students.
— Lauren O'Bryne,  Doctoral Student and Secretary, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs Student Organization
I like the interactions that I have with my professors as advisors in developing my dissertation because they are critical, yet encouraging at the same time.
— Matt Bagwell,  Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Rural Health Research Group
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