Graduate Scholarships

Dissertation Funding

Every fall, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) awards approximately fifteen, one-semester dissertation fellowships to deserving graduate students whose projects are judged by the selection committee to be highly meritorious. Successful applicants receive a stipend and paid tuition during the following spring or summer semester. For more information, please contact Arlene Williams in 2014 Turlington Hall or at 392-2230. These awards are named fellowships supported by several UF Foundation funds, including:

Memorial Scholarships

O. Ruth McQuown Graduate Scholarship Award

In memory of this friend and colleague (1920-1984), the O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Award has been established to aid scholars who best exemplify her values, achievements, and commitment to social issues (including addressing issues and fostering opportunities for women, racial minorities and those of low socio-economic background). Learn more.

A substantial monetary award will be made to a humanities or social sciences graduate student (Masters or Doctoral level) who has completed at least one semester of graduate work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional awards of varying amounts to supplement assistantships will also be given.


All materials are due by February 22 of each year.


Please submit complete applications electronically to Arlene Williams by the deadline. Only emailed submissions will be accepted. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately by email directly to Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.

Successful applicants must demonstrate excellence in academic achievement in one or more of the qualifying disciplines. Among other qualifications, reviewers will favorably consider, regardless of an applicant’s own race or gender:

  • an applicant’s commitment to break down barriers, create a welcoming environment, and include individuals who are racial minorities or women (or otherwise reflect broad diversity) in academic, co-curricular, and/or research endeavors
  • an applicant’s success in overcoming barriers—or helping others to overcome barriers (including low socio-economic background)—to academic achievement; and
  • an applicant’s commitment to contribute to the student’s university, local or larger community. We will holistically and individually assess applicants under all criteria to select those students who best qualify.

Looking for the undergraduate McQuown Scholarship?

Cynthia W. Colangelo Award for Breast Cancer Awareness

This award supports students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are actively involved in the fight against breast cancer through community service and activities. Learn more. Award amounts will vary from $250-$1000 per recipient, depending on the number of selected recipients. Recipient(s) will be selected each spring semester on the basis of a personal essay.


All materials are due by February 23 of each year.


  • Application (PDF)
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Personal essay detailing applicant’s breast cancer awareness activities and thoughts (500 words or fewer)

Looking for the undergraduate Colangelo Award?