Annual Fellows' Meeting

McKnight Conference

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program

Thirty-Seventh Annual McKnight Fellows' Meeting
Twenty-Fifth Annual Graduate School Conference

Friday-Sunday, February 10-12, 2023
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-Seventh 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 double-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, February 10, 2023. We expect the Conference to end at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2023. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Lodging for Matriculating Fellows

Lodging for matriculating McKnight Fellows is provided by FEF - DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ONLY. 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 $110 per night fee to pay hotel costs.

Fellows who choose single room accommodations must indicate that choice on their registration forms and will be asked for a credit card at check-in to pay for the entire $219 room rate per night.

To lessen your financial burden, after the Conference, all matriculating McKnight Fellows (ONLY) who reserved a single room will receive a reimbursement check in the amount of $109.50 per night stayed. To obtain a reimbursement, please submit your request on the official reimbursement form with the ORIGINAL hotel bill attached. Note that all requests for reimbursement must be submitted by March 30, 2023, no exceptions.

Your registration form indicating your room preference must be received by the FEF by January 16, 2023. After January 16, 2023, you are responsible for obtaining your own room reservation with the hotel and securing it with a credit card. FEF will reimburse you $109.50 per night stayed ONLY with proper documentation.

Room cancellations made after January 31, 2023, and no-shows are subject to a $110 per night room cancellation fee for a shared room and a $219 room cancellation fee for a single room. When applicable, this cancellation fee will be deducted from students' 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 January 16, 2023, 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 January 16, 2023, 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 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 March 30, 2023.

Conference Deadlines
January 16, 2023
All conference registration documents must be received by the FEF, and all lodging reservations must be made.
January 16, 2023
All conference registration fee payments are due to FEF. Conference registration fees are non-refundable after January 31, 2023.
January 31, 2023
All registration and/or lodging cancellations must be made. Cancellations made after January 31, 2023, are subject to a $219 cancellation fee. NO EXCEPTIONS.
March 30, 2023
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