Funding Opportunities

Contact your academic department for information about scholarships and funding opportunities available for your program.

Student Loans

Low-interest, long-term loans are awarded on the basis of financial need or the cost of attendance. Types of loans include: Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students, and Alternative/Private Loans. Visit the UWF Financial Aid website for more information about the types of loans available, financial aid forms, and steps to apply for financial aid

For federal aid, submit your application as early as possible, but no earlier than January 1, 2016 at FAFSA UWF Code=003955.

Graduate Assistantships

Each academic year, funds are dispersed from the Graduate School and are allocated to the various graduate academic departments. The academic departments are responsible for awarding these assistantships to high-performing graduate students. Learn more >

UWF Graduate Grant

The UWF Graduate Grant is an institutional grant awarded by the Financial Aid Office to graduate students with documented need. Award amounts are determined by the academic department for eligible students each academic year (fall and spring). It is available to a limited number of graduate students working on a first graduate degree and enrolled full time (6 hours) in graduate level courses.

Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers the Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant. This is a competitive grant for creative and scholarly projects by graduate students in good standing at UWF. The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Awards is for funding to support research required for degree completion, independent projects or for travel for presentation at a conference.

Graduate Student Researcher Travel Award Program

The Graduate Student Researcher Travel Award Program is designed to provide funding support for graduate students and an accompanying faculty member who are presenting their research at professional conferences. Travel awards are up to $1,000 in value and each graduate student is allowed to request travel funds one (1) time per year with a maximum allowance of $2,000. Graduate student's actively participating in research at the University of West Florida can also apply for a Scholarly and Creative Activities award which provides up to $1,500 in research support.
*graduate students have $2,500 per year in research support

SGA Travel Fund

Graduate students engaged in academic travel may apply for funding through the Student Government Association. As long as there is matching funding through other departments, the SGA may offer up to $300 for an individual applicant and up to $1,000 for groups of 4 or more applying together. See details on the SGA website.

McNair Scholar

The McNair Scholar website lists various agencies and organizations, both private and governmental, that offer financial support for graduate study. Some of the support opportunities are "full-ride" research fellowships, others are limited-duration research internships, still others provide a set amount of funds for a specific scholarly work. See the McNair Scholar website: for each opportunity.

Additional Funding and Financial Resources 

Peterson's Scholarship Search Tool: Searchable database of scholarships and grants available for graduate study. Searches can be filtered to match selections that include keywords, degree type, study type, deadlines, eligibility, and availability. Online financial tool and resource designed to help graduate students make informed financial decisions about their education and future careers. Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics, was researched, designed and developed by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in collaboration with TIAA-CREF. Along with median debt and income data, the website provides loan repayment advice, spending tips, and career guidance.