Graduate Funding Resources

Graduate Funding Resources

University of Kansas Opportunities

Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund
Deadline: Rolling/ Until funds exhausted – Self nomination

The Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund is available to graduate students presenting a paper or the disciplinary equivalent at a national or regional meeting of a learned or professional society. The meeting must be held out of state. A student may receive an award ($500) only once during their graduate career. An application consists of an online form, 1-page abstract and proof of acceptance. Application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies online.

Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Awards: Henry J. Talge Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: 5 pm on Tues., January 22, 2019 – Departmental nomination

Applicants must be KU undergraduate or graduate students pursuing courses of study in the general areas of international relations and diplomacy. The foundation places special emphasis on conflict resolution. Nominees may be either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals and must demonstrate potential for a career in or contribution to international service. U.S. students should plan to study abroad during the fellowship period and must be available to participate in at least one Good Neighbor Award Foundation function after they conclude their study abroad program. International students are expected to return to their home countries at the conclusion of their formal studies and should be available to attend at least one Good Neighbor Award Foundation function during their studies at KU. Two non-renewable scholarships of $5,000 are available. To apply, submit the following to Corinne: 1.) A personal essay addressing your desire to pursue the graduate degree and long terms goals (2 pages) and 2.) A curriculum vita.      

Graduate Studies Summer Scholarship
Deadline: Noon on Wed., February 13, 2019 – Departmental nomination
The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to offer Summer Scholarship for the Summer Session. The stipend is $5,000. The following factors will be considered: Academic performance, a clearly stated proposal with specific details of the student’s research plan, nominee is from an under-represented student group, and recommendation from the department. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have completed their comprehensive exams by the last day of class for the Spring 2018 semester. Enrollment in Summer Session 2018 is required. It is expected that the summer research fellowship would be the student's primary form of support during the summer and that the student would not hold a GTA/GRA/GA appointment concurrent with the award. To apply, submit the following to Corinne:  1.) A personal essay (1 page) addressing a specific plan and should address the significance of the fellowship to completion of the research.  2.) A current CV.

Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Service
Deadline: 5 pm on Tues., February 26, 2019 – Self nomination
This award is presented to a graduate student who has demonstrated through his/her actions a genuine commitment to serving KU while maintaining a high level of academic achievement. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to nominate outstanding graduate students. An application consists of a nomination letter explaining how the nominated student has demonstrated a commitment to serve the campus community (two page limit), a brief letter (2 page) from the nominee that outlines his/her demonstrated service to the campus community, and a curriculum vita. Application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies online.

Hall Center Applied Humanities Summer Fellows
Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019 11:59pm – Self nomination
Supports PhD or MA students who demonstrate the ability to make outstanding contributions in their chosen humanities or social science disciplines and are interested in both interdisciplinary studies and community outreach. This program provides $3,000 in fellowship stipends for work at a local or regional non-profit. Eligible applicants will:
1.  Be currently enrolled KU graduate students in any humanities or social science discipline who have successfully completed at least one semester of full time coursework toward an MA or PhD degree;
2.  Demonstrate a high level of motivation, including the ability to work independently and establish and achieve goals; and
3.  Have the ability to do humanities research and to write cogently and with economy.
Application consists of the online application form, 1-page cover letter, list of top 5 fellowships opportunities, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation (submitted separately). Apply online at Hall Center website.

Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship
Deadline: 5 pm on Fri., March 15, 2019 – Self nomination

These awards assist young scholars of exceptional leadership to complete work for the doctoral degree in such areas as government, history, economics, business administration, and international affairs.  Nominees should be at the point of preparing their dissertations. The Eisenhower Institute seeks to support study and education dealing with the role of government in a free society, citizen public service, public policy, and improved understanding of America's role in world affairs. The award carries a stipend of $10,000. Each application must include: A.) the applicant's curriculum vita, B.) a statement describing the nature and scope of the dissertation, including a timetable for its completion, C.) a statement, not exceeding 1,000 words, of the applicant's career aspirations, D.) a writing sample of 10-15 pages, preferably on a topic related to the dissertation, E.) Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant's doctoral advisor. These letters should not be seen by the applicants and should be submitted directly by the recommender. Application materials should be sent to   

IPSR Doctoral Student Research Fellow
Deadline: TBA – est. April-May – Self nomination
The IPSR Doctoral Student Research Fellows program will help develop the next generation of KU interdisciplinary social science scholars by providing a select group of graduate students with training and support in interdisciplinary social science research skills and by creating a community of graduate students across the social sciences to support each other at KU and in the future.  Program participants meet throughout the academic year to share research plans and findings, gain knowledge of interdisciplinary social science research methods, skills, and analysis, share experiences and knowledge associated with their graduate studies. Fellows may apply for up to $500 to support research expenses or travel associated with their research.  The program concludes with presentations to their graduate advisors, IPSR Faculty Affiliates, and other social science graduate students. Upon completion, participants will be designated IPSR Doctoral Research Fellows. Applications begin with a faculty nomination sent to After a nomination is received, the nominated student will be contacted to complete the other materials due late in the spring semester (tentative).  Students will complete an online form and submit a CV and Statement of Interest. In addition, students must have the endorsement of their PhD advisor and an IPSR faculty affiliate to participate. Alternatively, students can self-nominate. To self-nominate, students should send a statement of interest to


External Opportunties


AAUW American Fellowships / International Fellowships 
AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research 
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Complettion Fellowships
ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2019. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program
The Bureau of Justice Statistics offers a Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program that provides awards to accredited universities for doctoral research that uses criminal justice data or statistical series and focuses on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics.  BJS invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to complete doctoral degree programs successfully in disciplines relevant to the mission of BJS and who are in the final stages of graduate study.  The primary goal of this program is to increase the pool of researchers using criminal justice statistical data generated by BJS, thereby contributing solutions that better prevent and control crime and help ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program 
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
In addition to the foundation's program of support for postdoctoral research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to graduate students who would complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year.  These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work.  This fellowship is not for support of doctoral research. Applications are evaluated in comparison with each other and not in competition with the postdoctoral research grant proposals. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country.  Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Program provides orientation and enrichment opportunities to enhance the Fulbright Program experience in the United States.  More than half of all incoming Fulbright Foreign Students participate in pre-academic training, either English language training or Fulbright Gateway Orientations.  Enrichment Seminars are organized in 16 different cities across the United States. Grantees also participate in specialized workshops with themes, such as From Lab to Market, focusing on research and entrepreneurship, U.S. Disability Rights and Global Health Innovations.  Program funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through an annual appropriation to the U.S. Department of State. Foreign governments, colleges and universities and private foundations also provide direct and indirect support.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies. Since its inception in 1997, the IDRF program has funded more than eleven hundred projects, with research spanning the globe. The IDRF program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program
USIP’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Between 1988 and 2016, USIP has awarded scholarships to some 265 pre-doctoral Peace Scholars, whose USIP scholarships supported writing and research for cutting-edge doctoral dissertations on international conflict and peacebuilding.

Josephine de Karman Dissertation Fellowships
The Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore Von Karman, world-renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who passed away in 1951.  The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman’s high standards.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2020. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.  ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year. The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.  The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows may apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market. The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented students conducting dissertation research related to education.

National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship
The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars
Explore programs dedicated to developing people, policies, and evidence-based practice to build a Culture of Health.

Ruth Landes Fellowship
Grants are available to scholars and other professionally qualified individuals of recognized merit for work toward a doctoral dissertation, for postdoctoral work, or for independent scholarship. Eligibility is limited to United States citizens and permanent legal residents. Grants are awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ethnicity.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Opportunities
Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks.  The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.

Grants for Research

Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship
The Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an advanced sociology Ph.D. student who began her or his study in a community college or technical school. A student advanced to candidacy (ABD status) in an accredited Ph.D. program in sociology in the U.S. is eligible to apply if she or he studied at a U.S. two-year college either part-time or full-time for the equivalent of at least one full academic year that was not part of a high-school dual-enrolment or enrichment program.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

Hayek Fund for Scholars
The Hayek Fund for Scholars makes strategic awards of up to $1,000 to graduate students and untenured faculty members for career-enhancing activities such as: Presentations at academic or professional conferences, Travel to academic job interviews, Travel to and research at archives or libraries, Participation in career development or enhancing seminars, Distribution of a published article to colleagues in your field, Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers.

NSF-SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question.

Russel Sage Foundation
The Russell Sage Foundation's program on Social Inequality supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. We seek investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Opportunities
Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks.  The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.

Society of Family Planning Graduate Trainee Grant
The SFP Research Fund supports research on contraception and abortion that exerts a sustained, powerful influence on clinical practice, public policy, health services, programs and culture. 8 or more grants ranging from 7,500 to 10,000 will be disbursed.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Our funding interests are organized around the following four drivers of economic growth: the macroeconomy, human capital and the labor market, innovation, and institutions. We consider proposals that investigate the consequences of economic inequality as well as group dimensions of inequality; the causes of inequality to the extent that understanding these causal pathways will help us identify and understand key channels through which inequality might affect growth; and the ways in which public policies affect the relationship between inequality and growth.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility.  The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Since the first Women’s Studies Fellows were named in 1974, over 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields. They are distinguished faculty members, artists and novelists, and (in some cases) leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. They include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, seven Guggenheim Fellows, a number of Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions. Notably, a number of the Fellows volunteer their time as reviewers to help select new Women’s Studies Fellows and enthusiastically support the next generation of scholars exploring women’s issues and matters of gender.

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