We are pleased to announce a new doctoral program in Youth Development and Family Science (YDFS) , which will begin in Fall 2017. 

The 90 credit PhD program is designed to prepare students to conduct high-impact research addressing the problems, issues, and needs relevant to developing youth, their families, and the communities in which they live.  This PhD is appropriate for those planning to pursue a tenure-track faculty position or a research career in the government, nonprofit, or private sectors.  The admissions deadline for priority consideration for funding is January 15, 2017.  Click here for specific information as to the admissions requirements.

If you know any students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at another institution, please consider informing them about our program.  The University of Florida is a top tier Research I, American Association of Universities (AAU) flagship institution. The FYCS department is an academic department with a strong scholarly tradition, focused on problem solving, teaching, research and service. As UF is also a land grant institution, there is a strong departmental connection to working with families and youth in rural and urban communities. 

The YDFS doctoral degree is designed to be both academically rigorous as well as hands on.  In addition to theory and methods courses, students will have the opportunity to take additional field based elective courses and to work with faculty advisors and peers on research and extension programs in local communities. 

Prospective students can also apply for several available graduate assistantships and fellowships, which will be granted on a competitive basis.  Graduate assistants will support the Department in a variety of ways, including teaching and research.  By working closely with faculty, graduate assistants will gain the professional experience and academic skills needed to successfully pursue a research career in academic, governmental and NGO settings.

More details about available graduate assistantship are listed below:

The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida is seeking individuals for several PhD level graduate assistantships and fellowships beginning fall 2017.

General Position Summary:  These positions are twelve month, half-time appointments, renewable for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and degree program progress. Funding will cover a full, 12 month tuition waiver plus stipend.  Successful candidates will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses, developing curriculum, and research assistance.  Candidates for the assistantship are expected to be actively engaged in scholarly activities at multiple levels, including assistance with grant projects and outreach activities.



The successful candidate must be admitted to our doctoral program in Youth Development and Family Science.  A Master’s degree in Human Development/Family Science (or a similar field) is preferred. The successful candidate should be highly motivated, exhibit strong oral and written communication skills, and be able to collaborate with graduate students and faculty on grants and other funded projects.
Responsibilities:  Teach undergraduate courses; assist with preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and papers for conference presentations; coordinate research projects; assist with writing literature reviews; collect and analyze research data; assist with outreach activities of the Department.


Application Procedures: 

To be considered, interested individuals must complete the application for admission to the University of Florida at 

A letter of application and resume should be submitted to:

Gregg Henderschiedt, Coordinator of Academic Programs
Department of Family Youth and Family Sciences
University of Florida
3041 McCarty Hall D
P.O. Box 110310
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0310. 

For additional information regarding this assistantship, please contact Dr. Larry Forthun (352) 273-3528 or

Our mailing address is:

University of Florida
Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
PO Box 110310
Gainesville, FL 32611-0310

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