Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Available graduate study opportunities will be posted here as they arise. If the table is empty, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Heather McAuslane (, as new funding may become available at any time.


Ph.D. Assistantship

Dr. Adam Dale is currently searching for a PhD student to join his lab in Fall 2020 to investigate strategies for enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services in residential lawns. This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of insect ecology research in an under-studied, but ubiquitous habitat type in urban ecosystems.

Dr. Dale’s lab investigates insect ecology in urban landscapes, primarily in residential lawns, golf courses, and on street trees. Recent work has identified methods for manipulating plant diversity to increase resistance to insect pests and conserve beneficial arthropods, as well as host-parasite interactions in invasive pests.

Competitive candidates will have an opportunity to compete for a UF Graduate Fellowship, which covers tuition and provides a $31K annual salary for 4 years. Applicants with a track record of excellence, including publications and presentations, will be most competitive. Applications must be completely submitted to UF by January 15th to be considered for this fellowship.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Dale at and include a cover letter stating research interests and career goals, CV, and contact information for three references. Learn more about the Dale Lab at, and

Ph.D. Assistantships

The Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida is seeking candidates for Ph.D. graduate assistantships, including assistantships in:

  1. Honey bee-virus molecular interactions; novel toxin delivery systems to target crop pests (contact Dr. Bryony C. Bonning,

  2. Population genetics and impacts of invasive ants (contact Dr. Andrea Lucky,

  3. Evolutionary biology and behavior (contact Dr. Christine W. Miller,

  4. Molecular forest entomology (relationships between fungi, microbes and emerging tree pests; contact Dr. Jiri Hulcr,

  5. Microbiome functions in invasive fruit flies; Chironomids as a model for human pathogens (contact Dr. Adam C. N. Wong,

The top-ranked Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida offers a unique experience for graduates interested in pursuing careers in entomology and nematology, with a dynamic graduate program and state of the art research facilities. University support for fundamental research includes the HiPerGator supercomputer, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. The department also has unprecedented connections with industry through the NSF Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech). Gainesville has a subtropical climate, a reasonable cost of living, and all of the cultural activities expected of a university town. 

Applications and enquiries should be directed to the appropriate faculty member for your research interests as listed above, or as found at

The application should consist of:

  • A cover letter stating your research interests and career goals,
  • CV including GPA, GRE scores (and TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants), and extracurricular activities,
  • Contact information for three referees.

The deadline for receipt of prospective student applications to guarantee consideration for funding to visit the department is December 15, 2018. Students should contact appropriate faculty members well in advance of this deadline. Applications received after this date may also be considered.

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a formal application online. Details at

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution

Prospective graduate students

Graduate (MS or PhD) Student Assistantships

The Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida/IFAS

Phil Hahn's Lab will be accepting ~2 graduate students (fully funded via research assistantships) to begin Fall 2020. Graduate students should expect to conduct research along the major themes of the lab (see Research and Publications), although there is flexibility for grad students to design projects that best suit their interests. Potential study topics may include evolution of plant defense across climate gradients, influence of neighboring plants on herbivory rates and population dynamics, variation in the effectiveness of biocontrol insects on invasive plants, plant-soil-insect interactions, among others.

Prior to applying, please send an inquiry email and CV to Dr. Phil Hahn at For best consideration, please inquire by early October. In the body of the email or a separate attachment, please describe your research interests and experience, career goals, and three potential study topics you may be interested in pursuing.

 Graduate students should apply through the Entomology and Nematology Department  at the University of Florida by 15 January 2020. (Note that my position begins in January 2020, so I may not be listed on the faculty page until then). Applicants for an MS degree should hold a BS in biology, ecology, entomology, or closely related field. Applicants for a PhD degree should have a MS or equivalent experience. I encourage interested graduate students to check out fellowship opportunities that you may be eligible for (e.g., NSF GRFP, USDA-NIFA, and other opportunities on the UF-EntoNem page).

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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