Support for tomorrow's leaders

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. As prospective graduate students, you are an essential part of that mission. We want to make sure that you are aware of all the unique opportunities and resources that KU has to offer our graduate student innovators, educators, change-makers and leaders on campus.

Our office houses two distinct programs that support graduate students: the “Self Graduate Fellowship” and the “Self Memorial Scholarship.” The information below is to help you, the prospective graduate student, understand if any of these programs are right for you.


SGF Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a department that supports graduate students at the University of Kansas, the Self Graduate Fellowship is committed to recruiting, retaining, and equitably supporting the diverse needs and identities of all students. The interdisciplinary nature of the fellowship recognizes the inherent value that comes from having fellows across a variety of disciplines, intellectual viewpoints, values, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. The Self Graduate Fellowship also recognizes that it plays a critical role in reducing the barriers that many students face when pursuing a doctoral degree, and will continue to work towards instilling leadership skills and professional development that supports students well beyond their degree.

The Self Graduate Fellowship will continue to uphold the University of Kansas mission by providing opportunities for intellectual growth and professional development, regardless of a person’s social, cultural, and economic background. 

Office of Graduate Studies DEI Commitment

Provost’s Office of Diversity and Equity

University of Kansas Mission Statement


The Self Graduate Fellowship is a merit-based four-year fellowship that provides financial and professional support for exceptional incoming or first-year Ph.D. students.


Fellowship Eligibility



  • GRA support of $32,000/ year for four years 
  • Full coverage of tuition and fees
  • $5,500 Professional Development Award
  • Professional development and leadership training
  • Payment of employer's share of health insurance
  • Interdisciplinary cohort of doctoral students in eligible fields






























Detailed instructions and guidelines for preparing your fellowship

nomination can be found in the "Prospective Fellow Information"

document located in the resources block below.



The Self Memorial Scholarship is a one-year merit-based scholarship that provides financial and professional support for exceptional incoming graduate students, who are also KU undergraduate alumni.


Scholarship Eligibility



  • $10,000 scholarship applied to tuition and fees
  • Professional development and leadership training
  • Interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students

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