Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities Through Graduate School/ College

Tuition and assistantship awards are competitive and merit-based, and the School/College will award only a selected number of graduate students each Academic Semester. Funding is not guaranteed yearly, and the School/College will not accept incomplete Applications for Graduate Funding.

• Waiver (waive a portion of tuition)

•  Fellowship (must have a completed FAFSA)

•  Graduate Assistantship (must work and complete employment documents)

•  Title III Funding

•  Other Funding (Contract & Grants)


Funding opportunities are available to graduate students who are:

•  Fully admitted to a FAMU Graduate Program.

•  Full-time, degree-seeking graduate student in good academic standing (3.0 GPA).

•  A grade of "B" or higher in required courses.

•  A full-time graduate student enrolled for at least nine (9) graduate hours each semester, except in the summer semester when a full load is six (6) semester hours.

How to apply for graduate funding?

•  Reach out to your graduate School/College and request an Application for Graduate Funding.

•  Submit a completed Application for Graduate Funding request to your graduate School/College for review and approval.

•  The School/College will review your request and determine if you can/will receive financial assistance.

•   All students, except international students, receiving fellowships and/or tuition waivers from the University must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be completed for each academic Year. Additional information can be found at

•  All graduate students must pay their tuition and fees by the University's published deadline for that particular semester. If School/College awards a tuition waiver and/or a fellowship to a student, it is the student's responsibility to pay any remaining tuition and fees by the University's deadline. All students receiving tuition waivers should ensure that they register early so that the University has enough time to post their awards.

•  Funds at the University are insufficient to provide fellowships to all worthy students. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to apply for outside funds. If, while receiving University-based funding, a student receives funds from an outside source (i.e., a National Science Foundation, Pfizer, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, or Javitz Fellowships), the student will be required to accept that award, which will run concurrently with the University-based award. The total amount of funds a student can be awarded will be based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) calculations. The university-based award may be reduced if the total funding from all sources exceeds the gross financial need determined by FAFSA.

For example, Student A may find, after filling out the FAFSA form, that their gross financial need is $22, 500. Student A has received a fellowship from the GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program) totaling $16,600. Student A also has been awarded a University-based fellowship totaling $9,000. This would equal a total of $25,600 and would exceed the student's financial need of $22,500 by $3,100. If the student accepts the GAANN award, it would be necessary to reduce the $9,000 University-based fellowship to $5,900 so that the total of the GAANN and University fellowship will not exceed the $22,500 FAFSA calculation.

• Each graduate student receiving or seeking funding from the University is strongly encouraged to put forth at least one effort to obtain grant funding from an external agency. As an incentive to seek outside funding, a student, who applies for and receives a grant exceeding the amount of funds s/he is receiving from the University, will be able to keep 50% of the University-based monies provided that the collective funds do not exceed FAFSA limits and that there are no prohibitive stipulations in the grant/fellowship.

Where possible, the School of Graduate Studies and Research will provide grant/fellowship writing workshops, as well as a "Selected List of Fellowships" and examples of successful proposals.


Other Fellowships & Award Opportunities


Delores Auzenne Fellowship

The Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship is designed to assist Florida A&M University in increasing the enrollment of minority graduate students in disciplines in which they are underrepresented. Under this program, the fellowship awardee receives $5,000 for the applicable award year. The funds are disbursed in increments of $2500.00 for the Fall and $2500 for the Spring. The award will not be made to previously funded awardees. Awards are limited, competitive, and contingent upon the availability of funds. This fellowship only covers graduate courses and degree programs held on campus conducted at the Tallahassee, FL, campuses. 

Application Deadline: July 31

Acess the Delores Auzenne Fellowship Application and Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

• Acceptance into a degree-seeking graduate (master's or doctoral) program.

• Demonstrate initiative and qualifications to ensure satisfactory progress in pursuing their future educational goal.

• Maintain a 3.25 GPA.

• Must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.

• Does NOT have any other assistantship or fellowship for the academic Year.

• Enrolled as a full-time student (nine graduate credit hours for fall and spring semesters: and

• Have submitted a complete Delores Auzenne Fellowship Application and supporting documents

via email to  by July 31.


McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program supports new Ph. D students to increase the underrepresentation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in Florida.

F.E.F. annually awards up to 50 Fellowships to students for study at participating Florida universities. Each award provides annual tuition of up to $5,000 for up to five academic years, plus a yearly stipend of $ 1,000. Each annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory performance and expected progress toward the Ph.D. degree.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • • Must be African American or Hispanic.
  • • You must be a US citizen.
  • • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • • You must be starting a Ph.D. program — already enrolled Ph.D. students are not eligible.


The Fellowship will be awarded only to persons who intend to seek the Ph.D. degree, full-time, in one of the following eligible fields of study: any field in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, or the Visual and Performing Arts. Fellowship funding is contingent upon Legislative approval.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All application materials must be submitted online and postmarked by January 15 of each year. The F.E.F. strongly encourages all applicants to submit the MDF Application online via the Program’s secure online application.




FRAP offers small grants for regular, full-time faculty to conduct research in their respective fields of study and promote the conduct of research or creative work that solves local, regional, state, and national problems. Under the FRAP, awardees will receive up to $5,000. Awards are limited, competitive, and contingent upon the availability of funds. Proposals may be written in collaboration with another faculty member. The completed FRAP Application must be submitted via email to:

Application Deadline: August 15

Access the FRAP Instructions | Access the FRAP Application