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Research Assistantships are the major employment opportunity for students at the school, and provide financial assistance in the form of stipends, tuition waivers, and health insurance coverage. These assistantships are available to new, as well as advanced students. Since the number of research assistantships varies between discipline and the research in progress, information concerning the availability of research assistantship support should be requested from the program or faculty member of interest. At present about 60% of our students are supported as research assistants from research funds. 

University and non-University Fellowships: All applicants who apply for admission to the Rosenstiel School are considered for a limited number of University-funded fellowships, school-funded fellowships and program-funded fellowships. The primary criterion for eligibility is scholastic achievement and scores made on the G.R.E.  Many of these opportunities, including the Dean's Fellowship, University Fellowship and Maytag Fellowship, can be found at here or through outside search engines such as:


Applicants should also seek non-University fellowships, such as those offered by their country (Fulbrights), local civic organizations, or by Federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

All applicants who have secured external funding to pursue a graduate degree should email with details on their financial award. This may aid you in finding a potential research mentor.


McKnight Doctoral Fellowships are available to African American and Hispanic U.S. citizens applying to a PhD program in an eligible field of study. The University of Miami is one of nine participating institutions in the State of Florida. Each Fellowship award consists of $17,000 per year in tuition, fees, and stipend, as well as an excellent academic support system. This Fellowship program is an important way to engage excellent PhD students, while enhancing inclusion and diversity in University of Miami graduate programs. The following link provides additional application information including eligible fields of study:

Applications are due January 15. To be considered for the Fellowship for the 2021-2022 admission cycle, applicants must complete both the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship application and a UM application for graduate study.

More McKnight fellowship information can be found here.

Office of Financial Assistance

The Office of Financial Assistance awards financial assistance in the form of financial aid programs, including grants, educational loans, student employment, and tuition payment plans. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance directly at (305) 284-5212 or via e-mail ( for application forms, including information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ( and relevant deadlines.

Other External Funding Opportunities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master's and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas, particularly by women and members of minority groups.

The application period for the 2019 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program has closed. The 2020 application period will open in October 2019. Exact date TBD.

If you are planning to apply for the Foster Scholarship program, please email  stating your intention to apply.