Annual Fellows' Meeting

McKnight Conference

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program

Thirty-Sixth Annual McKnight Fellows' Meeting
Twenty-Fourth Annual Graduate School Conference

Friday-Sunday, November 12-14, 2021
Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel
Tampa International Airport
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 879-5751

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The Conference

The Florida Education Fund (FEF) hosts its Thirty-Sixth Annual McKnight Doctoral Fellows' Meeting (AFM) at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel at 4200 George J. Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607. The Conference is designed to address issues pertinent to the needs of matriculating graduate students, research scholars, and tenure earning professors. It will feature presentations by dynamic scholars who will share their research on important issues in graduate education and offer a series of panel discussions focusing on research in the major academic disciplines, as well as critical skill development workshops on grant and dissertation writing, comprehensive exam preparation, and writing for publication. To ensure the success of this year's conference, your participation is vitally important. Dress/attire is business casual.

Registration Fee

The $70 registration fee for matriculating Fellows (see the registration form for all registration fees) includes access to all conference activities, planned meals, and single occupancy rooming. All Conference registrants will receive an official conference identification badge, and no one will be admitted into Conference activities without an official badge.

Conference Beginning and Ending Times

Conference registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021. We expect the Conference to end at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2021. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly, after October 15, 2021.

Lodging for Matriculating Fellows

Lodging for matriculating McKnight Fellows who do not reside in Tampa or St. Petersburg, Florida, is provided by FEF. When you register, indicate whether you will need a sleeping room, and, if so, whether you prefer a king bed or double beds in your room. All matriculating students must check-in with the hotel if they sign up to stay at the hotel. Failure to do so will result in you being considered a NO SHOW, and you will be assessed a $139 per night fee to pay hotel costs.

Your registration form indicating your room preference must be received by FEF by October 15, 2021. After October 15, 2021, you are responsible for obtaining your own room reservation with the hotel and securing it with a credit card. FEF will reimburse you $139 per night stayed ONLY with proper documentation.

Room cancellations made after October 29, 2021, and no-shows are subject to a $139 per night room cancellation fee. When applicable, this $139 per night cancellation fee will be deducted from student stipends.

Lodging for Other Attendees

Lodging for invited speakers and presenters who are traveling to Tampa for the Conference is provided by FEF. Conference speakers and presenters should indicate the need for a sleeping room on their registration forms and register for the Conference by October 15, 2021, to ensure best hotel accommodations.

All other attendees (non-matriculating students, Exhibitors, MDF Alumni, etc.) should indicate the need for a sleeping room on their registration forms and must present a credit card at check-in to pay for their rooms. Please register for the Conference by October 15, 2021, to ensure best hotel accommodations.

Transportation - Matriculating Fellows Only

FEF will pay ONLY the LESSER OF either a discounted air ticket (air travel should be booked after October 15, 2021, and at least 2 weeks prior to flight time), compact car rental with unlimited mileage (reimbursable rental cars require preapproval by the FEF), or mileage to and from the Conference as verified by the State of Florida Department of Transportation/Transportation Statistics Office Highway Mileage Chart and/or as indicated on

Any expenses above and beyond the least expensive method of travel will not be covered by FEF. Original travel related receipts are required for applicable reimbursement. Please note the reimbursement request due date of December 15, 2021.

COVID-19 Precautions

Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present. As such, FEF cannot guarantee that people participating in the Meeting will not become exposed or infected with COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ("CDC") recommends that people get fully vaccinated. Per the CDC, vaccines are safe and highly effective at protecting people from severe COVID-19. Getting fully vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you. The CDC still recommends prevention measures for unvaccinated people. For more information see

Consistent with the most recent CDC guidance, FEF has adopted preventative measures in an effort to reduce the possibility of infection during the Meeting, which are set forth in the FEF Program/Activity Participant COVID-19-Related Agreement that you will find here. Each person attending the Meeting is required to read and agree to the terms of that Agreement.

Conference Deadlines
October 15, 2021
All conference registration documents must be received by the FEF, and all lodging reservations must be made.
October 22, 2021
All conference registration fee payments are due to FEF. Conference registration fees are non-refundable after October 29, 2021.
October 29, 2021
All registration and/or lodging cancellations must be made. Cancellations made after October 29, 2021, are subject to a $139 cancellation fee. NO EXCEPTIONS.
December 15, 2021
All original reimbursement forms and travel-related receipts must be received by FEF. No faxes or copies will be accepted.


The Florida Education Fund
201 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1525
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 272-2772
Fax: (813) 272-2784