Fellowships & Awards

Self Graduate Fellowship

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 who receive the award receive annual support of $29,500 for four years through appointment as a graduate research assistant or a graduate teaching assistant. The fellowship offers a special opportunity for U.S. citizens seeking a Ph.D. at KUMC. Departments identify and nominate admitted Ph.D. students in late January. Interested students should contact prospective departments early and complete a graduate school application during the fall semester. 

All fellows must actively participate in the Fellow Development program. The Fellow Development Program provides general education and training in communication, management, and leadership to assist Self Graduate Fellows in preparation for future leadership roles, complementing the specialized education and training provided in the Ph.D. programs. Fellows interact with nationally prominent experts to gain broad knowledge of public policy issues. A capstone of the development program is an intensive public policy seminar held in Washington, D.C.

KUMC Self Fellows include Michael A. Cooper, Andrea L. (Nuckolls) Freemyer, Jeffery J. Hirst, Alexandra Machen, Michelle M. McWilliams, Christopher A. Neal, Stephen Shannon, Ashley E. Ward, and Ian Weidling. For more information, please visit the Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship website

Chancellor's Fellows

In 2013, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the creation of the Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowships, a dozen of which are awarded each year to graduate students. The fellowships assist KU in obtaining its mission as a flagship university that provides advanced education to students in a range of fields. The fellowship provides a stipend of $25,000 per year, and covers tuition and fees, for up to five years of support. Students are also involved in professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

The University of Kansas Medical Center was recently given the opportunity to begin awarding selecting students this prestigious fellowship. This allows students to bring their studies here to KUMC and pursue both their academic and professional goals. For 2015, the recipients of the KUMC Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship were Olivia Eller and Dorothy Hughes. More information can be found on KU's Graduate Studies website. 

Graduate Student Professional Development Award

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Studies gives out a quarterly award for students presenting their research at a conference. Students must complete and submit an application that includes a lay abstract, CV and confirmation of meeting attendance. Each student is also required to have their mentor complete a letter of reccomendation and submit it within seven days of the deadline. The mentor's letter of recommendation should be sent to GradStudiesOffice@kumc.edu.

If students need writing assistance while preparing their application, they can contact Andrés Rodriguez from the Writing Center at KUMC.

The deadlines for the award are January 8, April 1, July 1, and October 1 every year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Studies at GradStudiesOffice@kumc.edu or (913) 588-1238. 

Last modified: Jul 21, 2017