NIA-funded Predoctoral Research Training in Aging FAQ

Can I receive an MS or Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Florida?
What are the partner Ph.D. programs?
Who are the "Core Faculty mentors" for the program?
What if I can't find my Ph.D. discipline, or a primary mentor from that discipline, on your lists?
What are the application deadlines?
What are my funding options?


Can I receive an MS or Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Florida?

No. At present, there is no "Department of Gerontology" or "Graduate Program in Gerontology" at the University of Florida. Our approach to graduate education is the Predoctoral Research Training Program in Aging. This is modeled after other outstanding programs at institutions like the Pennsylvania State University or the University of Michigan.

Reflecting the program’s belief that the best gerontologists are those who have a strong grounding in the theories and methods of a particular discipline, our program combines multidisciplinary research training with theoretical and methodological training in a specific department. In a nutshell, students enroll in a Ph.D. program (like psychology, sociology, nursing, rehabilitation sciences, communication sciences, etc.), and simultaneously enroll in the predoctoral training program. While the Ph.D. program provides curriculum and traditional research training, our multidisciplinary program provides additional mentorship and faculty support, including weekly colloquia and professional development, some travel support, and competitive access to training stipends.

You can think of our approach to graduate research training in aging as a "joint appointment". In addition to outstanding training in our partner departments, trainees get additional exposure to multidisciplinary colleagues, concepts, and funding. Our expectation is that we will prepare students to seek employment in a variety of applied and research settings, above and beyond what they might typically achieve in their Ph.D. programs alone.

What are the partner Ph.D. programs?

In principal, every graduate program at the University of Florida may be a partner with the predoctoral research training program.

The key to the partnership is that the student identify a primary mentor who is both a member of a discipline/program currently at UF, and who is (or is willing to become) a Core Faculty Mentor.

At present, we have seven partner programs that include a number of our existing core faculty. In addition, many of these programs already contain substantial aging or aging-relevant course offerings and research mentorship opportunities. Students are not limited to these programs, but at present these programs are those most likely to offer mentorship and curricular offerings needed to participate in the Predoctoral Research Training Programs. Please visit the websites of these programs for more details about the individual programs.

Who are the "Core Faculty mentors" for the program?

A list of current Core Faculty members, who have committed to mentoring students within the training program principles, is available here. This is a dynamic list, so check back frequently to see changes to this list.

What if I can't find my Ph.D. discipline, or a primary mentor from that discipline, on your lists?

It is still possible for students whose Ph.D. program or preferred primary mentor is not currently affiliated with the program to become involved in the predoctoral training program. There are several extra steps, however.

First, contact the training director to discuss your individual case. E-mail Michael Marsiske to set this up.

Second, the proposed primary mentor should apply for Core Faculty status. Check this linked document for application details. Under most circumstances, the proposed primary mentor should already have graduate faculty status at UF.

Third, after talking to Dr. Marsiske, prepare an application to the Predoctoral Research Training Program. Find the appropriate application link on our training web page.

What are the application deadlines?

The next deadline (for August 2006 admission, and funding to start as early as May 1, 2006) is February 24, 2006.

What are my funding options?

Funding for trainees comes from a variety of sources. Each funding situation is arranged on an individual basis. In general, the goal of the program is to help students obtain research assistant/fellowship funding for the majority of their training years at UF. At the same time, admission to the training program is not an automatic guarantee of funding. In some cases, however, teaching assistant funding—provided by departments-- is also helpful.

For students not currently at UF, it is important to complete any departmental financial aid forms in addition to the training program application.

This is a partial list of the kinds of funding on which our students have been supported in recent years:

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