Graduate Funding

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biology are guaranteed 10 semesters of support either as a teaching assistant or a research assistant. Both provide a $22,000 nine-month stipend and an 18-credit tuition waiver. M.S. and B.S./M.S. students must secure their own funding to cover tuition and stipend.

In addition, various grants and fellowships are available to Ph.D. Students. These include:

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS AT FAIRCHILD

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in partnership with UM College of Arts and Sciences is offering two fellowships for continuing Ph.D. students.  The Graduate Fellowships at Fairchild program supports high-quality teaching experiences for Ph.D. students in an informal science education setting.

The program offers:

  • up to three years of financial support to be renewed annually
  • opportunities to engage Pre-K through 12th grade students and teachers in authentic research (i.e. Growing Beyond Earth partnership with NASA, the Million Orchid Project) as a part of the award-winning Fairchild Challenge program
  • access to Fairchild’s world-renowned tropical plant collection, greenhouses, and state-of-the-art DNA, microscopy, and micropropagation labs
  • training in the core disciplines that contribute to conservation biology, such as systematics, ecology, evolutionary biology, and genetics
  • travel and research funds (awarded on a competitive basis)

For the right kind of student, our program can provide fantastic opportunities for developing skills in science education and public outreach.

UNIVERSITY AND MAYTAG FELLOWSHIPS

Applicants to the Department of Biology are eligible for a University Fellowship or a Maytag Fellowship for which the department may nominate top applicants. The UM Fellowship provides funding for two years at $25,000 per year. The Maytag Fellowship provides funding for one year at $20,000, and is renewable for two additional years. The College will provide a tuition waiver for as many as 18 credits per year to accompany a UM or Maytag Fellowship.

LISA D. ANNESS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

This fellowship supports graduate students in biology who will be co-mentored by a member of the faculty of the University of Miami and a member of the research staff of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The fellowship provides a stipend of $22,000 for one year, and is renewable for two additional years. An 18-credit per year tuition waiver accompanies the fellowship.

JAMES W. MCLAMORE FELLOWSHIP IN TROPICAL BIOLOGY

This fellowship supports graduate students working in the area of tropical biology. The fellowship provides a stipend of $22,000 for one year. An 18-credit per year tuition waiver accompanies the fellowship.

RESEARCH SUPPORT

Once enrolled in the graduate program, students are able to apply for support from a variety of departmental sources. These include:

  1. William H. Evoy Graduate Research Support Fund – awards to graduate students in the early stages of their research.
  2. Jay M. Savage Graduate Research Support Fund – small grants for pilot studies in ecology, behavior, and biosystematics.
  3. J. Gerry Curtis Plant Sciences Scholarships – small grants for research in pure or applied plant sciences.
  4. Kushlan/Frohring Graduate Research Support Fund – awards to doctoral students in the final stages of their doctoral work.