Doctoral Fellowships for tomorrow's leaders


How do I apply?

Students must apply to Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas and to the appropriate department. Departments will nominate those students whom they believe have the attributes of a Self Graduate Fellow (prospective students may ask to be nominated). Once nominated, students receive nomination information including deadlines and instructions on writing a personal statement.

What is the total value of the fellowship?

The total value of the four-year fellowship exceeds $175,000. New Self Graduate Fellows for 2018-2019 will receive $30,500 each year for four years. Additionally, the fellowship covers tuition, fees, and the employer's share of student health insurance costs. Over the four years, Fellows have access to a $5,500 professional development award. Fellows must also participate in professional development programs throughout the year. Key features of the fellow development program are sequential communication coaching workshops, and a customized government and science policy seminar held in Washington, D.C.. 

How long is the fellowship?

Students receive funding and participate in the development program for four years. They then become members of the Society of Self Fellows. When students receive their Ph.D.s, they become lifetime members of the Society with the ability to vote and hold office.

Does the fellowship cover my tuition and fees?

The fellowship covers tuition and fees for courses that apply to a student's degree.

Are all prospective graduate students eligible?

In order to be eligible for nomination, you must meet a number of criteria. These include:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have been admitted into one of the eligible disciplines
  • Have completed your first baccalaureate degree within the past eight years
  • Be a new Ph.D. student or first-year Ph.D. student at the time of nomination

How many current fellows are there?

There are currently 34 students in the Self Graduate Fellowship. They are among 177 students who have benefited from the program since it was established in 1989.

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