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MCOM Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

Scholarship Resources for USF Morsani College of Medicine Graduate Students

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This page is intended to serve as a resource for finding scholarships that may be available for students in the Morsani College of Medicine graduate programs. Students should refer to the links provided and the awarding entities for the most up-to-date information. 

Scholarships Offered through USF

USF Scholarship Database

USF offers a variety of scholarships for graduate students. To view a list of scholarships you may be eligible for, you will need to complete a questionnaire in the USF Award Spring Database. Scholarships can be based on academic merit, extracurricular activities (e.g. Boys Scouts, ROTC, Robotics, etc.), special talents, or demographics.

Some scholarships consider financial need and will require that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

USF Award Spring Database

USF Graduate Studies Scholarships & Fellowships

The USF Office of Graduate Studies offers a handful of scholarships and fellowships to graduate students based on specific criteria. Please visit the Graduate Studies Scholarship Page for application requirements and additional information.

USF Graduate Studies Scholarships & Fellowships

MCOM Graduate Affairs Scholarships

The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs offers a variety of scholarships to students enrolled in a Morsani College of Medicine graduate program. The available awards are outlined below.

If you have any questions, please contact Ronnie Banks at

Award Name Amount Eligibility Deadline Application Requirements

Edith Wright Hartley Graduate Scholarship

Up to $2,500

Available to all full or part time graduate students in the Morsani College of Medicine.
Preference will be given to female students with an interest in the Neurosciences, or those seeking a PhD.

November 1

This award is offered every other year; the next application will be in 2023.

Submit a personal statement and specific aims page to Ronnie Banks. Details here.

Bonati Spine Institute Scholarship Up to $1,500 Available to full time students pursuing a Master’s degree in the Morsani College of Medicine. Preference for students who are willing to enter bioinformatics/computer-based research with MCOM faculty during their Master’s program. November 15 

Not currently being offered. 

Other Award Opportunities

Any award opportunities that are offered outside of USF will be listed here.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels. As a by-product, it is expected that employment opportunities in industry will also be expanded.


  • Incoming PhD students (continuing students are not eligible to apply)
  • U.S. Citizen
  • African American or Hispanic
  • Earned a Bachelor’s degree

Application Deadline: January 15

NIH Awards

F31 - Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.

R36 - Dissertation Award

Although not technically fellowships, these grants support dissertation research costs of students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions).

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

To enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.

At the time of application, the applicant must be:

  • enrolled in a post-baccalaureate Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D., D.D.S., DrPH, or Ph.D. in nursing or equivalent clinical health science doctoral degree program, who seeks research training with a sponsor prior to embarking upon a research career.
  • a full-time student working towards his/her degree.  

At the time of award activation, the candidate must have completed initial coursework and be at the stage of the program where he/she can devote full-time effort to research or activities related to the development into an independent researcher or a related career aimed at improving global cardiovascular health. 

USF Graduate Studies - External Funding Resource