FIU Undergraduate to Graduate Program

The FIU Undergraduate to Graduate Program (UtGP) will facilitate the recruitment of outstanding FIU undergraduate students who are committed to a specific FIU PhD program by providing support for a research experience with an FIU faculty member during the student’s junior or senior year. The program is open to all fields.

Once selected, juniors can have the experience in the spring or summer of the junior year. Seniors can have the experience in the spring or summer of their senior year. Students accepted into the program will be provided a one-term stipend of $500 and up to $1,000 for research expenses (e.g., supplies, etc.).

Selected students will participate in professional development and preparation for graduate school and external fellowship applications.

Once the student enters the PhD program, the student will have an UtGP stipend and tuition for four years. UGS will provide the tuition waiver, and UGS will share the cost of the stipend with the major professor or the College. UGS will also provide the student up to $200 annually, for up to four years, that can be used to support travel to scientific conferences.

Please note students must apply to Ph.D. program separately. Acceptance into the UtGP does not guarantee acceptance into the Ph.D. Program.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • Have a strong interest in research and in pursuing a PhD at FIU
  • Have a GPA of 3.3 or higher preferred, but not required
  • Have identified a prospective research mentor (recommended, but not required)
  • Be on track to graduate by Summer 2023 if they are seniors or Summer 2024 if they are juniors (students graduating in Fall 2022 are not eligible to apply).

Benefits of the Program

As an undergraduate:

  • Access to professional development workshops
  • Guidance while applying to various fellowships
  • Stipend of $500 once accepted
  • Up to $1000 for research expenses

As a PhD student at FIU:

  • Four years of tuition during PhD
  • Stipend for four years during PhD
  • up to $200 travel stipend annually for four years

Apply Now!

Deadline to apply: Sunday, October 16, 2022 by 11:59p.m.

Contact Us

Claudia Balzán, M.A.
Assistant Director, University Graduate School (UGS)