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Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program


The Environmental Horticulture department offers assistantships and fellowships to highly qualified applicants on a competitive basis. it is imperative to obtain faculty support for your application given the limited nature of these funds.

Competitive applicants usually display:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a gpa ≥ 3.3 in a major applicable to the graduate degree/research pursuit
  • Overall GRE score ≥ 305
  • Previous research and/or teaching experience in plant science-related field
  • At least three strong letters of recommendation

Click here for our Assistantship/Fellowship Application Form.


The department awards half-time (0.5 fte) research (RA) and teaching (TA) assistantships for M.S.-thesis and Ph.D. candidates. Assistantships cover stipend (minimum $21,333 at M.S. level and $25,000 at Ph.D. level) and tuition waiver. Graduate assistants typically pay for fees. Assistants may elect to enroll in gatorgradcare for a current monthly premium of $10.00. Faculty may provide additional funding to cover fees and health care in some cases.

We expect all graduate students to be actively engaged in various scholarly activities and professional development. Graduate assistant duties may include, but not be limited to: assisting on grant and contract projects; teaching undergraduate courses; preparing manuscripts and conference presentation; coordinating research projects; writing literature reviews; collecting and analyzing research data, and supporting outreach activities.

Environmental Horticulture Fellowships

The Environmental Horticulture Department anticipates receiving at least one Graduate Funding Student Award (GSFA) on an annual basis. The purpose is to offer highly competitive research/teaching assistantships to the department’s most attractive Ph.D. student. The GSFA is only available to new Ph.D. students entering during the fall semester. The GSFA is a 12-month fellowship awarded on a half-time (0.5 fte) basis. currently, the GSFA provides a stipend at $30,000 per year for four years and a tuition waiver. GSFA recipients are responsible for fees and may elect to enroll in gatorgradcare ( for a monthly premium of $10.00.

UF Fellowship Opportunities

Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program – The Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Grant is awarded by the National Science Foundation through the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FG-LSAMP) to enhance recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Application deadline for fall occurs mid-January of the same year.

FAMU Feeder Program – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Feeder Program affords FAMU students the opportunity to receive advanced study in graduate programs not available at FAMU. Reserved for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have graduated from Florida A&M University and who have participated in the FAMU Feeder Scholar program. Application deadline typically mid-April.

Florida BOE Summer Fellowship Program – Only available from April 1st to 2 weeks before Summer B class begins. The UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives selects a cohort of newly enrolled underrepresented Ph.D. students to participate in a six-week summer program. The BOE program orients students to graduate education and promotes acclimation to the University of Florida.

Grinter Fellowship Program – This fellowship helps recruit truly exceptional Ph.D. students. Stipends are normally $2000 to $4000.

Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship – The Association for Academic Women (AAW) at the University of Florida established the Madelyn Lockhart Fellowship to honor a PhD. Candidate who is both an outstanding researcher and who has contributed to creating a more inclusive and diverse community. The recipient must be enrolled in dissertation credits the semester (or summer) s/he receives the fellowship.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship – An applicant must be African American or Hispanic, a U.S. citizen, and hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Since this program is intended to increase enrollment in Ph.D. programs, currently enrolled doctoral students are not eligible to apply. Application deadline January 15th of each year.

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. Application deadline for fall occurs late January of same year.

University of Florida/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project – This is a partnership between the University of Florida and local Santa Fe College that aims to increase faculty diversity at Santa Fe College while providing doctoral students at UF with valuable teaching experience.

External Fellowships

Scholarships and Other Awards