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Awards & Opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas places great importance on rewarding the outstanding achievements of our graduate faculty and providing meaningful support and recognition to our most promising graduate students.  The following programs recognize their invaluable contribution to excellence in graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  More information can be found on each by clicking on the item in the left menu.

Faculty Awards

Byron A. Alexandar Graduate Mentor Award - Graduate students may nominate outstanding mentors to receive this award of up to $1,000.

John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award - Graduate students may nominate outstanding mentors to receive this award of up to $750.

Graduate Student Funding, Awards & Opportunities

Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship - Each year doctoral programs in the College may apply to receive one fellowship, to be awarded to an incoming doctoral student of exceptional promise. Six doctoral programs are selected each year.  Fellows receive five years of fellowship support for their doctoral work, including a $25,000 stipend plus resident rate tuition and required fees.

Dean's Doctoral Fellowship - These new awards are intended to promote a culture of grant-seeking among the College's doctoral students and academic units.  For these awards, the review committee will consider a department's readiness to support grant-seeking among its graduate students, in addition to the criteria established for the Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship. Fellows receive a stipend (ranging between $20,000-$22,000) plus resident rate tuition and required fees for up to five years of doctoral study.

Outstanding Thesis/Research Project Award - Provides recognition for outstanding achievement on the master's thesis or research project.  Students are nominated by their departments.  Two awards of $500 are given each year.

Allen S. Wilber Scholarship - Eligible departments may nominate one student each year for this award, which provides one-time funding of up to $8,000 for the study of social sciences or modern languages and literatures at the graduate level.  The award is limited to those who completed an undergraduate degree at KU.

Kate Stephens Fellowship - Eligible departments may nominate one student for this award, which provides a single, one-time stipend of up to $3,000 for the study of literature, history, or ethics.  The award is limited to those who completed a bachelor's or master's degree at KU, and is offered every other year. 

Howard J. Baumgartel Peace and Justice Award - Provides funding for a Master's or PhD student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the School of Business whose research interests are in the peace and justice field.  One award is granted each year that carries an award amount of $2,760.

Additional funding resources can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies Website».

College Graduate Student Advisory Board - a voluntary, appointed board of graduate students and graduate alumni who serve at the invitation of the Dean of the College. The board meets once per semester, nominations are accepted at the beginning of the fall semester. For more information on the board and to access the nomination form please visit the advisory board link on the left navigation pane.