Support for tomorrow's leaders


How do I apply?

Students cannot apply directly for the fellowship, but need to be nominated by an eligible academic department. Students must first apply to their perspective graduate program through Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas. Once a student has completed their application and been admitted into an eligible doctoral program, departments will nominate students from their applicant pool whom they believe have the attributes of a Self Graduate Fellow. Prospective students are encouraged to ask their departments to be nominated. Students who have been selected as fellow nominees will receive nomination information from the department including deadlines and instructions on writing a personal statement. Additional fellowship nomination materials and can also be found on our website under resources for early student preparation.

What is the total value of the fellowship?

New Self Graduate Fellows for 2019-2020 will receive annual support of $31,000 for four years. Payment is through appointment as a graduate research assistant (GRA). 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. All fellows actively participate in the Fellow Development Program, which offers specialized leadership education and training.

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, which is the alumni organization. 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 as a doctoral student into one of the eligible disciplines
  • Have completed your first baccalaureate degree within the past eight years
  • Be a new incoming Ph.D. student or first-year Ph.D. student at the time of nomination. (January, 29th 2020)

How many current fellows are there?

There are currently 38 students in the Self Graduate Fellowship. They are among 187 students who have benefited from the program since it was established in 1989.

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