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 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.
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.
Pre-candidate doctoral students are eligible for an award up to $1,500
Doctoral Candidates are eligible for an award up to $2,000
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.
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
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.