Graduate Scholarships

The KU School of Engineering and its departments award scholarships to new and continuing graduate students. This support is made possible through generous donations from successful alumni and friends of the school who want to ensure others have access to the same great opportunities they had here.

All graduate students are STRONGLY encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year by December 1 to ensure they are considered for all scholarship aid for which they are eligible.

2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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)


School of Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships 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.

Graduate Engineering Minority (GEM) Consortium

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.

See a list of all KU GEM Fellows.

Self Graduate Fellowship (SGF)

The mission of the University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship is to identify, recruit, and provide development opportunities for exceptional Ph.D. students in business, economics, engineering, mathematics, biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and physical sciences who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.

Self Graduate Fellows are selected for their vision, career goals, and achievements. They are able to set and attain goals, show leadership potential and motivation, and possess a strong work ethic. Self Graduate Fellows also demonstrate initiative, passion for achievement and lifelong learning, and make a commitment to participate in the Fellow Development Program. Students are nominated by their department/program for this award in January each year.

Click here to see a list of all KU Self Graduate Fellows.

Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little created this fellowship, which provides $25,000 of support to each fellow and advanced education in a range of fields. Fellows are also involved in professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Students are nominated by their department/program for this award in January each year.

Click here to see a list of all KU Chancellor's Doctoral Fellows.

Prospective engineering students who are offered scholarships will receive a letter detailing their total scholarship package from the University, School of Engineering and department. The combined scholarship letter documents the student’s award for the coming academic year as well as any projected amount over the first year provided the student meets the requirements for maintaining their scholarship funding. Note: most graduate scholarships are awarded during the student’s first year, and are not continuing scholarships.

Awards are applied directly to a student's tuition and fees. Typically, funds left over after disbursements are made are returned to the student in the form of a check (or direct deposit into a bank account). Awards typically post before a student’s bill is due.

All grade point averages are converted to an unweighted 4.0 scale so every prospective student has the same opportunity for consideration. Also, if GRE tests are taken more than once, the highest scores will be used for engineering scholarship consideration. Students submitting test scores after December may be re-evaluated by the School of Engineering on a case-by-case basis depending on available funds at that time.

Visit KU Financial Aid & Scholarships for additional scholarship and financial aid information.


Continuing Students

Currently enrolled engineering students can apply for a few specific engineering scholarships such as the GEA Travel Award, IHAWke Fellowship and Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) Ambassador Fellowship.

Submission deadlines for these applications vary, depending on the award or fellowship. These particular scholarships are considered non-renewable and will need to be applied for each cycle.

IHAWKe Fellowship

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 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.  Meet this year's IHAWKe Fellows.

Applications for the 2020-2021 IHAWKe Fellowship will open March 1, 2020. Application deadline is April 1, 2020.

GEA Travel Award

Graduate students attending a local, regional, national, or international conference may apply for funds through the School of Engineering differential fee (094) account, which is administered through the Graduate Engineering Association (GEA). Students must be presenting a paper, poster, participating in a competition, or receiving an award and must indicate how their attendance benefits the University and enhance research. Awards are provided in spring, summer, fall, and winter cycles. Students can apply here

Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) Ambassador Fellowship

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 2020-2021 academic year will open in March 2020. For more information about this fellowship contact our office at or 785-864-6208. Click here to see a list of all KU GEA Ambassadors.


Diversity Program Scholarships

Please refer to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion scholarship page for scholarship information.


Deferment of Scholarships

Current scholarship recipients may request a deferment of a scholarship for many reasons by contacting their Graduate Coordinator or the Program Coordinator for Graduate Recruitment and Research. A few examples of this could be delayed admission due to military, family, personal illness, or extension of an internship opportunity or delayed I-20/Student Visa.


Departmental Scholarships

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