Since 1984, FEF has developed and implemented innovative programs and employed non-traditional approaches that enhance outcomes across various educational levels.



Our Programs

McKnight Doctoral Fellowships

The program provides Fellows with five years of support, including yearly stipends, tuition and fees, professional development activity, counseling, and research and travel assistance. Since 1984, 867 Fellows (89%) have earned doctorates.

Dissertation Fellowships

The program provides up to one year of funding for stipends, professional development activity and counseling to selected Florida Ph.D. students working to complete dissertations in STEM disciplines.

Junior Faculty Fellowships

The program helps advance selected junior faculty members at Florida colleges and universities by supporting one-year sabbaticals during which they work towards tenure and promotion.

Centers of Excellence

This multifaceted statewide pre-college program prepares and motivates students to pursue and succeed in higher education.

SAT Preparation Camps

These for-credit summer programs prepare high school students for standardized tests, higher education, and careers.

FEF CodeMasters + Upskill

These programs teach students to code and links them with STEM mentors; prepares coders for industry certification; and trains coding instructors.



News + Events

McKnight Annual Mid-Year Meeting


FEF's 2022 Mid-Year Research and Writing Conference, sceduled for February 25-26, 2022, has been postposed.

Designed to help Fellows improve writing, research, and presentation skills and facilitate timely completion of their dissertations, the Meeting will convene live in Tampa later this year at a date to be announced.


FEF Wins Multi-Year Microsoft Grant


FEF has received one of 50 U.S. Microsoft Community Skills Grants to support our tech/workforce development training programs in Florida. The grant includes a multi-year cash award and technology enablement support from Microsoft.

~Read more.
~Apply for FEF Upskill--FEF's accelerated IT training and certification programs.


Outstanding Alumna Dr. Candice Ulmer


Meet outstanding MDF alumni and Fellows, learn more about our Pre-College projects and students, and read about other news at the FEF. See the most recent edition of the semi-annual FEF Focus.


2021-22 After School Coding Programs


For 2021-22, CodeMasters is offering live and virtual after school programs featuring fun, hands-on, project-based exploration of web design, artificial intelligence, mobile app development, game design, and STEM careers!

Apply now at fefonline.org/code.