College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Graduate Fellowships & Grants

The Department of History at the University of Kansas commits to funding incoming PhD students with five years of teaching fellowships, and our students have a range of opportunities to serve as graders, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Associate Instructors in courses that cover topics and geographical areas from throughout history.

There are a variety of other internal sources of support available through the University of Kansas:

The Hall Center for the Humanities provides generous travel and research support for graduate students in the humanities, and students from the Department of History are regularly strong contenders for these awards:

  • Andrew Debicki International Travel Award in the Humanities – Provides one KU humanities graduate student with travel support for dissertation research outside the United States. View Application Instructions.
  • Jim Martin Travel Award in the Humanities – Provides one KU humanities graduate student with travel support for dissertation research in the United States. View Application Instructions.  
  • Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities – Provides two KU humanities graduate students with one semester each of financial support to focus entirely on the dissertation. View Application Instructions
  • Applied Humanities Summer Fellows – 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. View Application Instructions.

The Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas also supports graduate students with a range of internal fellowships and scholarships. 

The Department of History nominates two exceptional incoming student candidates for the following scholarships:

  • Mary Elizabeth and Andrew P. Debicki Scholarship – Provides a $5000 stipend to a student in the Humanities. Preference is given to students who will be in their first year of study.
  • Graduate Studies Diversity Scholarship – Provides a $5,000 stipend to a limited number of underrepresented graduate students who have been admitted for fall. Nominees are expected to possess an outstanding academic record. Nominations are to clearly outline how this student is considered underrepresented within the discipline and at KU.
  • The Dorothy Clark Lettice Scholarship – Provides a $5000 stipend to high quality students. The Lettice and Nelson Scholarship can be used to help off-set the costs of ongoing research. Students awarded the Lettice Scholarship will demonstrate high academic ability as evidenced in the nomination packet.
  • The John H. Nelson Scholarship – Provides a $5000 stipend to high quality students. The Nelson Scholarships can be used to help offset the costs of ongoing research. Students awarded the Nelson Scholarship will demonstrate high academic ability as evidenced in the nomination packet.
  • Dr. Laiten L. and Verna Nye Camien Scholarship – Provides a $5000 stipend to a doctoral student in the Social Sciences, Education or Foreign Languages with the capability and intention of becoming a professional in that field. The student must have received a graduate degree from the University of Kansas.
  • Fred G. Soxman Memorial Scholarship – Provides a $5000 stipend to a graduate student who has received at least one University of Kansas Athletic Letter for participation in an intercollegiate sport. The student must have received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.

For current students presenting at an academic conference:

  • Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund – 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.

For current students seeking summer research support:

  • Summer Research Fellowship ($5,000 stipend) – Factors that will be considered in awarding Summer Research Fellowships include (but are not be limited to):
    • Academic performance
    • A clearly stated proposal with specific details of his/her research plan
    • Nominee is from an under-represented student group
    • Recommendation from the department
    • Preference will be given to doctoral students who will have completed their comprehensive exams by the last day of class for the Spring semester.

For current students with an interest in US and international policy:

  • Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship – The Eisenhower Institute has invited the University of Kansas to screen nominations for the Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowships, which the Institute will award in late April. The fellowships help scholars of exceptional leadership complete work for the doctoral degree in such areas as government, history, economics, business administration, and International affairs. Nominees should be preparing their dissertations. Research topics relating to President Eisenhower, the Eisenhower Administration, and issues that were of major concern to President Eisenhower command special attention. The award carries a stipend of $7,500.

Area Studies Centers:

Some of KU's area studies centers offer FLAS awards to support language study at the graduate level.

KU International Affairs:

KU International Affairs offers modest awards to PhD students doing pre-dissertation research in some world regions outside the US or to MA student who seek to enhance their studies through an international opportunity that does not duplicate coursework they could take at KU.

International Affairs also offers guidance for students wishing to apply for both Fulbright (IIE) and Fulbright-Hays (Department of Education) awards to support their research.

Graduate students are also encouraged to apply for external funding, as this is the manner in which the most successful scholars support their research. The Office of Graduate has compiled an enumeration of external funding sources

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