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Wanna be a SLAMer?

If you’d like to join SLAM, there are a number of funded and unfunded opportunities for both UF and non-UF students and researchers listed below. If interested, please send an email to with the subject line “I wanna be a SLAMer” prior to applying.

Linguistic Graduate Program

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF)

  • Description:  NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports individuals early in their graduate training in STEM fields and Social Sciences. To select, recognize, and financially support individuals who have demonstrated the potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, early in their careers. Success rate (~15%)
  • Offer: Five Year Award –$138,000: three years of support–$34,000, annual Stipend –$12,000. Educational allowance directly to graduate institution in lieu of tuition and fees
  • Eligibility:  U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Early-career: undergrad & grad students. In particular: undergraduate seniors and baccalaureates never enrolled in graduate degree program; and first-year graduate students in first graduate degree program (see info for more).
  • Deadline: Mid October
  • Info:

SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida

CIA Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship Program

  • Description: The Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers undergraduate/graduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Undergraduate/graduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the Agency. While working at the CIA, you will be exposed to real intelligence challenges while performing meaningful work that relates to your college major.
  • Offer: Tuition assistance up to $18,000 per the calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, and books. daily allowance for meals and incidentals during summer tours. Reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC. Annual salary. Health insurance. Life insurance. Federal retirement plans. Paid time off, as well as sick and holiday leave
  • Eligibility:
  • Deadline: varies (March 2 through June 15 for the summer of the next year (2021))
  • Duration: depends on which year you are in
  • Info:
  • Important Notice: Due to the nature of the scholarship, you should exercise discretion in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. From the CIA’s page: “Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.”

University Scholars Program

  • Description: in the program, students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Through this initiative, students will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method.
  • Offer: $1750
  • Eligibility: UF undergraduates and may not graduate before May of the following year
  • Deadline: End of February
  • Duration: one year
  • Info:

Emerging Scholars Program

  • Description: The Emerging Scholars Program encourages early undergraduate students who are interested in adding a research experience to their curriculum at the freshman or sophomore year to apply for this entry-level program.
  • Eligibility: UF undergraduates, freshmen or sophomore, must have no previous research experience (including high school)
  • Offer: $1000 stipend of support to conduct research
  • Deadline: Mid November
  • Duration: one year
  • Info:

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

  •  Description: This is to enable first-generation college student with a low family income level or underrepresented in graduate education to conduct an extensive research project with guidance from a faculty member with the goal of applying to graduate schools.
  • Offer: A stipend of up to $2,800
  • Eligibility: UF undergraduates, first-generation student with a low family income level or underrepresented group. Junior or Senior standing, 3.0 GPA, plan to continue immediately to graduate school and persist to earn a PhD
  • Deadline: end of January
  • Duration: one year, start during the Summer and continue throughout Fall and Spring
  • Info:

CLAS Scholars Program

  • Description: The CLAS Scholars Program (CSP) gives undergraduate  students an opportunity to work one- on-one with a CLAS faculty member on a research project. Scholars can pursue a variety of different types of projects including laboratory-based research, field work, and scholarly activities. Through this program, CLAS Scholars will gain valuable insights into how research is performed and how new knowledge is created. Apply via your department.
  • Offer: a $2,000 stipend and a $1,000 budget for attending a conference, travel to support their project, and for research supplies
  • Eligibility: UF undergraduates, sophomores or juniors.
  • Deadline: end of January
  • Duration: start during the Summer (optional) and continue throughout Fall and Spring
  • Info:

Visiting scholars

  • Description: an internship opportunity for non-UF affiliated students (Undergraduate, Masters or PhD) and researchers (Postdocs and Professors) to gain research experience with your designated mentor for an agreed-upon period (ideally three or more months).
  • Offer: unfunded, research opportunity
  • Eligibility: internal evaluation
  • Deadline: September 15th for visits starting in Spring (January) and February 1st for visits starting in Fall (August)
  • Info:

Individual research studies

  • Description: an internship opportunity for UF students (Undergraduate, Masters or PhD) to gain research experience with your designated mentor. While you are unfunded, the experience would boost your chances with the other funded opportunities mentioned on this page. A  number of current SLAMers started off unfunded and later obtained a scholarship with my recommendation letter and support.
  • Offer: unfunded research opportunity. Existing UF students can do this for credits for 0 credit as an individual research studies course which would appear on your transcript.
  • Eligibility: internal evaluation
  • Duration: minimum 2 semesters