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.


Graduate Research Assistantship:
Insect ecology in urban lawns


A PhD Graduate Assistantship is available in the Dale Lab at the University of Florida, Entomology & Nematology Department in Gainesville, FL to begin in Fall 2018. This graduate assistantship will focus on investigating the effects of inter- and intraspecific plant diversity on pest and beneficial insects in urban landscapes.

Urbanization is the most rapid form of land use change in Florida, the U.S., and world. The vegetation of urban landscapes is composed of turfgrass and ornamental plants, which provide valuable services that benefit people and the environment. However, these plant communities often lack diversity, which may predispose them to arthropod pest outbreaks and reliance on chemical management.

I am seeking a highly motivated, creative, and independent individual to pursue a doctoral graduate research project investigating the effects of manipulating plant diversity in urban landscapes with the goal of reducing pests and promoting plant health. This project will build on previous and ongoing research and has the potential to move forward in multiple directions. Research will involve aspects of biological control, conservation, horticulture, and insect ecology.

Start date: Fall 2018

Requirements: Master’s degree in a related field

Preferred background:

  • Insect ecology
  • Urban ecology
  • Horticulture
  • Statistics

Applicants should send a single PDF file containing 1) a cover letter describing research experience and interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) names and contact information for three professional references Dr. Adam Dale at


PhD Assistantship:
Insect - Virus Molecular Interactions


A graduate position is available within the University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology to work on molecular insect-virus interactions with a focus either on viruses of the honey bee, (see J Carrillo-Tripp et al., 2016 Scientific Reports 6:22265) or on aphid-vectored plant viruses (see LB Linz et al., 2015 Journal of Virology 89: 11203).

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in a biological science

Preferred qualifications:

  • S. in a biological science
  • Research experience with insect physiology and / or virology
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry skills

The position is based in the laboratory of Dr. Bryony C. Bonning, Eminent Scholar and Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida. The lab provides outstanding infrastructure for cutting-edge research and has a strong record of innovation and trainee placement within the agricultural biotechnology industry sector, government and academia.

University of Florida has the largest Entomology and Nematology department in the nation, with outstanding facilities. The diverse faculty has strengths in both basic and applied research, and strong collaborative and interdepartmental interactions.  Gainesville, Florida is consistently ranked among the Top 10 Best College Towns in the U.S.

Applicants should email a single pdf file with “PhD Application Virus” in the subject line containing 1) a cover letter including a description of research experience and interests, 2) curriculum vitae including complete publication details, 3) names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for three references to: Dr. Bryony C. Bonning, E-mail:


Review of applications will begin on Friday, December 8, 2017 and continue until the position has been filled.

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship Available in 
Insect-Microbiome interactions

Entomology and Nematology Department
Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)


University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematomology, IFAS jointed with Genetics Institute.

Fully funded PhD studentship available for Spring 2018 start.

Are you...

  • Interested in microbiome science?
  • Aspiring to tackle real-world problems using insects models in research?
  • Looking to work in a highly collaborative environment enriched with multidisciplinary expertise?

A fully-funded PhD opportunity is available from Spring 2018 in the lab of Dr. Adam CN Wong in the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department. The goals of our team are to discover and characterize microorganisms associated with insects, leverage insects (especially Drosophila) as models to study the mechanisms of host-microbe interactions, and to develop novel microbial/genetic based approaches for insect control. The position is ideal for recent Master graduates with a solid molecular biology and genetics background. Bachelor graduates with strong research experience will also be considered. Experience in genomics and bioinformatics is desirable.

For more info, please visit:

To inquire/apply, please email: Dr Adam Wong, Applicants shall submit a CV, a 1-page research statement plus 2-3 reference letters.

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship Available Everglades Research and Education Center / Entomology and Nematology Department University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)

Sweet corn insect pest management

Position Description: A graduate research assistantship for an M.S. is available in Dr. Julien Beuzelin’s lab at the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC) in Belle Glade, FL. The successful applicant will conduct research focusing on sweet corn insect pest management. In addition, the applicant will participate in IPM research and extension efforts for sugarcane, rice, sweet corn, and leafy vegetables in South Florida. The majority of entomology courses are available online, allowing students to reside at the EREC where the research will be conducted. A competitive stipend and tuition waiver for two years is available starting in January 2018.

Background: The state of Florida is the largest producer of sweet corn for the fresh market in the United States. The majority of the sweet corn in Florida is produced in the Everglades Agricultural Area and Miami-Dade County, where picture-winged flies (Diptera: Ulidiidae) are severe ear feeding insect pests. Three species of picture-winged flies, also known as corn silk flies, are problematic: Euxesta stigmatias, Euxesta eluta, and Chaetopsis massyla. Sweet corn is actively scouted for silk flies and insecticides are applied as needed, sometimes as often as daily between silking and harvest. However, there is a need to refine scouting methods and insecticidal management. The successful applicant will focus on research that has two objectives: 1. Develop a streamlined silk fly population monitoring tool by conducting field experiments to identify attractive combinations of selected chemical lures, determine attractive colors and visual patterns, compare the performance of different trap types, and determine the relationship between trap captures in best-performing traps and silk fly field populations. 2. Refine silk fly insecticidal control by conducting field experiments to evaluate the efficacy of baits used with selected insecticides and determine the optimal timing of pyrethroid applications.

Requirements: B.S. degree in biology or a closely related field. Prior experience in agronomic row or vegetable crops, application of agrochemicals, conducting field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments preferred.

Deadline: The position is open and will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. However, priority will be given to applications received by September 1, 2017.

Deadline: The position is open and will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. However, priority will be given to applications received by September 1, 2017.

Application procedure: Applications and inquiries should be e-mailed to Dr. Beuzelin ( Applicants should send a short letter of interest, resume, university transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores (if applicable), and contact information for 2 or 3 professional references.

For more information: Visit the UF/IFAS EREC ( and Entomology and Nematology Department ( websites. 

Graduate Student Assistantship
Horticultural Entomology

Biological control of Asian citrus psyllid
Diaphorina citri

(graduate student assistantship for PhD)


A graduate student assistantship for PhD is available in Dr. Jawwad Qureshi’s entomology lab at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce FL. Research work will focus on the role of biological control in the management of Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri in Florida’s landscape. Both basic and applied aspects will be considered involving laboratory and field component. Majority of courses in entomology are available online which provide student with the opportunity to spend more time at the research center where they will be based and conduct research work. Student will be expected to publish both peer reviewed and extension publications therefore fluency in English and writing skills are important. The position is open immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found; however, priority will be given to applications submitted by November 1st, 2017, starting the position in January of 2018.  Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and further interests in Ph.D., along with a CV (including MS GPA, GRE scores), college transcripts, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Qureshi (

Dr. Jawwad Qureshi
Assistant Professor,
Horticultural  Entomology
University of Florida

(772) 577-7339

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