Funding Opportunities

The James B. Pearson Fellowship Fund for Graduate Studies Abroad provides funding for scholars that require study abroad to perform their research, with funded projects typically ranging from 3-15 months. Administered by the Kansas Board of Regents, eligible applicants must have been a resident of Kansas for a minimum of five years and currently attend a graduate program at a university in Kansas. Applicants from many fields of study are welcome, but they must be pursuing research related to foreign affairs. To apply for James B. Pearson Fellowship, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Ford Foundation Fellowships are sponsored at the predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral level by the National Academy of Sciences. 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.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The Fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the Fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides numerous scholarships to Hispanic undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students. To learn more about application requirements and deadlines, visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website here.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships of Woodrow Wilson Foundation 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.

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year in the humanities and social sciences.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.
Various NSF Institutes offer Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants. Find more information on these grants to support doctoral research on the NSF Funding Website.
The National Institutes of Health supports predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships through the F31 and F32 mechanisms. Find more information on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards on the NIH website.
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2013, subject to the availability of funds. Find more information on the DOD website.
The NAEd/Spencer 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 $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive prerpectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. More information is available on the NAED website.
The National Academies Research Associateship Programs offer postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers an opportunity to conduct concentrated research in association with selected members of the permanent professional laboratory staff. Find more information on the NAS RAP website.
This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. Find more information on the US Department of Education website.
The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. For more information, visit the Hertz Foundation website.
The JPFP aims to increase the U.S. talent pool of underrepresented groups, including women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities who receive Master's and Doctoral degrees participating in the STEM workforce. For more information, visit the UNCF Special Programs website.
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. For more information, visit the American Association of University Women Fellowship website.
Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) that connects underrepresented groups with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, funding, mentoring, and resources.
The Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund is available to Lawrence campus graduate students only. You must be presenting a paper or the disciplinary equivalent at a national or regional meeting of a learned or professional society. A student may receive an award ($500) only once, and funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship program seeks to identify, recruit, and provide development opportunities for exceptional Ph.D. students in the sciences, engineering, business, and economics who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.
The University Women's Club of the University of Kansas makes awards to eligible full-time graduate and undergraduate women. Awards are based on academic merit, need, service and activities, career plans and other criteria.
Please check this link for opportunities available through academic departments
The Doctoral Student Research Fund is currently closed to applications.

The Doctoral Student Research Fund is designed to support KU doctoral students who need assistance to carry out research that advances progress toward the degree.

Funding may be requested to cover:

  • supplies, material, equipment, if not possible to charge to a department or a research grant;
  • research related expenses (e.g., subject fees, access to specialized data sets, purchase of archival materials or images, laboratory supplies that will be consumed in the course of the project);
  • travel expenses in connection with research (requests for travel expenses must include a justification of the need to travel and a day-to-day or week-to-week schedule of specific research plans). Priority is given to requests to do on-site research where the facilities at the site are unique.
  • other research expenses such as funds to pay research participants or publication expenses for refereed books or articles will be considered.

Students are eligible for this funding to support research, performance or exhibition as required by their graduate program. In order to be eligible, the proposed activity must be central to the student's graduate studies and serve to contribute directly to his or her degree.

Requests for funds to travel to professional meetings will NOT be considered. Funds for this purpose can be requested from the Paper Presenter Fund. Funding also cannot be used as salary for graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, or others helping with the project. Funds may not be used to purchase laptop computers or other computer hardware.


Graduate students are eligible to apply to the Doctoral Student Research Fund if:

  • The graduate student is in good academic standing in a KU doctoral degree granting program, and
  • The proposed research project or activity directly relates to and helps achieve progress towards his or her doctoral degree.

A doctoral student is eligible for two DSRF awards during his or her graduate program, one before doctoral candidacy and one as a candidate.

Selection Criteria

Doctoral Student Research Fund proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and eligible proposals will be awarded until funds are exhausted.

Criteria for funding include the clarity and coherence of the rationale for the project, the significance of the research question being addressed, the value of the project for the student's graduate school and career goals, the qualifications of the student to carry out the proposed research, and the relevance and reasonableness of the budget request for the activities proposed.

Award Description

Pre-candidate doctoral students are eligible for an award up to $1,500

Doctoral Candidates are eligible for an award up to $2,000

Application Procedures

Students must submit:

  • completed application form, which includes the information page, research proposal, budget, and research approvals form
  • one letter of support (not to exceed two pages) from either the major advisor or the program’s Director of Graduate Studies.

The research budget should match the activities described in the proposal, and explain in detail the costs associated with each of the activities. Note that research assistance or transcription of notes or recordings will not normally be allowed unless there is a compelling explanation as to why the student cannot accomplish the task. If the anticipated costs are greater than the amount requested, explain what other resources are already available to support the remaining expenses. If funding is being requested from multiple sources, list those sources.


Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center
Provides resources for scholarships, grants, loans, and other financial aid.

Office of Student Financial Aid
Information on external and internal scholarships, the FAFSA, and the financial aid application process.

Private Scholarship list & applications
The scholarships listed are from agencies outside KU who requested their scholarships be publicized to our students. These scholarships vary in their qualifications, requirements, and deadlines.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Provides information on The GI Bill educational benefits.

Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study & Research Abroad
International Programs coordinates the applications by students at the University of Kansas for the Fulbright program, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program, and Graduate Direct Exchange.

Hall Center for the Humanities
The Grant Development Office in the Hall Center for the Humanities lists funding opportunities for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. They also present a workshop, Introduction to Grant Development for Humanities Graduate Students.

Research and Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities
Contains links to numerous sources of information on research

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
KU invites qualified University of Kansas graduate students to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Pivot Funding Opportunities Database
Pivot is the world's most comprehensive funding resource. It covers a broad spectrum of funding opportunities for scholars in all disciplines from the sciences to the arts and humanities. Through KU's institutional membership to Pivot, the Funding Opportunities Database and other services are available to KU faculty and graduate students.

Presidential Management Fellowship

The Presidential Management Fellowship Program is a leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. Created more than three decades ago by an Executive Order from the President of the United States, the program places candidates in a two-year appointment within one Federal agency, if not more. Guided by the spirit of public service, the program seeks to provide opportunities for careers in government.

American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology (AAAS) Policy Fellowship

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship provides opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers. Policy fellows focus on furthering the work of scientists, improving the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare, and fostering scientific freedom and responsibility.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows

The ACLS Public Fellows program places recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. This program aims to expand the reach of doctoral education in the U.S. by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

Are you a good writer? Looking for a job for next school year? The KU Writing Center is hiring Graduate Writing Consultants for 2014-2015. See their flyer for more information and a link to the application.

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