The Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program in the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (UF) announces a competition for Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships to support Master's and Doctoral level study in various disciplines. Awards cover tuition and provide a $16,000-17,000 stipend for one academic year of study at UF, usually matched by a second year of support from the student's department.
The TCD Program offers an extensive range of classroom and field opportunities for students committed to an interdisciplinary understanding of biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being issues in the tropics, including sub-tropical and temperate areas in developing countries (e.g., southern Africa, southern cone of South America, Greater Himalayan region). The TCD Graduate Assistantship is provided to allow students to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Florida. TCD Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships are made possible by an endowment from the Ford Foundation and the State of Florida.
- Recipients must be admitted to a graduate degree program at UF.
- If admission results are not available by the deadline, the award will be contingent upon acceptance by UF.
- Recipients are required to participate in TCD sponsored activities and to complete the 12–15 credit TCD interdisciplinary certificate/concentration.
- TCD Graduate Assistantship does not support off-campus field research.
Criteria for Selection
Applicants will be judged according to:
- Academic record or previous related work and academic experience (i.e. study abroad programs; volunteer and service experiences; internships, etc.)
- Career goals or Leadership potential o Commitment to multidisciplinary research and training that embraces biological conservation, sustainable resource use and human well-being.
- For current UF/TCD students, the level of participation in TCD related activities, TCD certificate/concentration and demonstration of student leadership in TCD.
- Special attention is given to students whose research focuses on biodiversity conservation, local peoples, and/or natural resource management.
- For students applying from UF/MDP program who are not completing thesis/dissertation research, special emphasis will be placed on leadership potential in conservation and development arena.
Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
To apply for a TCD Graduate Fellowship or Assistantship, submit the following materials:
1. TCD Fellowship/Assistantship application form
2. A letter of support from your current or future faculty adviser or department Graduate Coordinator stating: the reasons why you should be considered for a TCD Graduate Fellowship/Assistantship; your status at UF (e.g. incoming student, second year student, etc.); and, if possible, an agreement to provide a year of departmental support for every year of TCD Graduate Fellowship support awarded. Incoming students are encouraged to begin contact with potential advisors early in the process (e.g., 4-6 months prior to February application) in order to secure a letter of support.
3. One letter of recommendation, accompanied by the release form (*now available as a fillable form*)
4. A two page statement of purpose explaining what you plan to do during your graduate training at UF and why you should be considered for a TCD Graduate Fellowship/Assistantship. Include details about your research interests, career goals, and related work experience (see ‘criteria for selection’ section above). Current students should also highlight past involvement in TCD activities.
5. A copy of your curriculum vitae.
6. Originals or photocopies of academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
7. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
8. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable.
9. Additional supporting materials can be submitted and may be considered during the selection process. Examples include published papers or project proposals.
*Important Note: If you are applying for support during the last year or semester of your graduate program, please add the following materials to your application package:
- Proof of application to other sources of funding for write-up support
- Status of these applications (i.e. pending; approved; denied)
Submission and Information
Electronic submission required; please send documents as a single PDF file, with all the required documents in the same order as listed above. Recommendation and support letters should be sent directly by email to the contact below:
Patricia D. Sampaio
Tropical Conservation and Development Program
Center for Latin American Studies
Phone: (352) 273-4734