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.

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