Despite annual increases in the number of African American doctoral degree recipients in the U.S., underrepresentation continues, particularly in the natural sciences. This article provides a description and preliminary assessment of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program (MDFP) in the state of Florida and its efforts to address this issue by adopting a "seamless" approach - academic, social, motivational - in supporting Blacks pursuing a doctoral degree and beyond Although a formal evaluation is needed to assess the effects of the seamless approach relative to more traditional assistantship and fellowship programs, the success of the MDFP suggests a need to reconsider graduate support for minority students that does not address the full range of factors leading to successful completion of the doctorate. Implications for educational policy are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Negro Education|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2006|
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