Graduate Diversity Funding Opportunities
Funding for First Year Graduate Students
All incoming graduate students applying for admission to the School of Engineering will be considered for scholarships if they apply to the School of Engineering by the priority deadlines set by each department (December). KU’s Graduate Application for Admission also serves as the School of Engineering scholarship application. No additional materials need to be submitted unless also applying for the Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship or the GEM Fellowship. A full list of graduate funding options offered at KU can be found on the Graduate Studies website.
GEM is a group of leading corporations, laboratories, universities, and research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering. GEM provides a large network, financial support, and expert knowledge to help ensure student success in competitive academic and professional environments.
To find out more about the GEM Consortium, check out their national webpage and apply to become a GEM fellow.
Currently enrolled engineering students can apply for a few specific engineering scholarships such as IHAWKe Graduate Fellowship and Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) Ambassador Fellowship.
Submission deadlines for these applications for continuing students are typically in mid-March. These particular scholarships are considered non-renewable and will need to be applied for each year.
The KU Engineering Diversity and Women's Programs, or IHAWKe (Indigeneous, Hispanic, African-American, Women KU Engineering), offers an annual fellowship to minority graduate students in engineering and computer science. IHAWKe Fellows focus on minority recruitment and retention efforts for graduate students in engineering. This fellowship provides leadership, development programing, and mentorship opportunities to new and current graduate students. Fellows meet monthly to define goals and create community across disciplines within the graduate program.
The Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) Ambassador Fellowship is a fellowship for current graduate engineering and computer science students who are chosen to assist with the recruitment & retention efforts for the School of Engineering. GEA Ambassadors travel to recruitment events and take part in school-wide efforts to present a positive image to current & prospective graduate students. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will open in March 2019. For more information about this fellowship contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-6208. See a list of all KU GEA Ambassadors.
External Funding Opportunities
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Eligibility and online application information are available on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs website.
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.
- U. S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program1, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
- Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
- Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities
1Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA available here.
- Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years
- Dissertation--$25,000 for one year
- Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year
Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 70 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.
Application Deadline Dates:
- Predoctoral: December 17, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)
- Dissertation: December 10, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)
- Postdoctoral: December 10, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)
Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 7, 2020 (5:00 PM EST)