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Scholarships & Stipends

Explore opportunities for scholarships and stipends within KU's rehabilitation science Ph.D. program.

It is our mission to prepare you to become outstanding leaders who advance innovative interdisciplinary research in rehabilitation science. To assist in reaching your aspirations in rehabilitation science, the following funding opportunities are available for qualified students in our Ph.D. in rehabilitation science program.

Departmental Funding Opportunities

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

A limited number of GTA positions is available to Ph.D. students to assist faculty instructors with teaching in the DPT program. The GTA positions come with a stipend and a partial or full tuition waiver.

Graduate Research Assistantship

GRA positions, with a stipend, may be available contingent upon funding available to a research mentor.

Norton-Ringle Fellowship

The Norton-Ringle Fellowship was created in 2013 from the generous gift to the university by former dean of the School of Health Professions, Dr. Stata Norton Ringle, and her husband.

The fellowship provides tuition assistance to top students in the rehabilitation science program.

Lou Loescher-Junge Professional Development Award

The Lou Loescher-Junge Professional Development Award was created in 2016, thanks to a generous donation by Ms. Lou Loescher-Junge. Ms. Loescher-Junge served the University of Kansas Medical Center in various capacities for more than 25 years, most recently as an Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions.

The award is given annually to a student in the rehabilitation science program who will present their research at a national scientific conference.


Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences

Funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2009, the T32 Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences provides predoctoral interdisciplinary training in translational research in basic and clinical aspects of neuroscience with a focus on neurological conditions amenable to rehabilitative treatments. This program produces well-trained scientists with highly promising careers in neurorehabilitation research. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A call for applications is issued periodically and the scholarship is provided on a competitive basis. A stipend, tuition coverage and training-related expenses for up to three years are provided.

Biomedical Research Training Program

The Biomedical Research Training Program supports pre-and post-doctoral fellows in funded basic science and clinical research laboratories. 

Mabel A. Woodyard Fellowships in Neurodegenerative Disorders

The fellowships were established with the gift to KU Endowment from the estate of the late Mabel Woodyard. She died in 2008 from progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurodegenerative disorder that results in movement deficits similar to Parkinson's disease. Woodyard's association with KU arose through her brother, George Woodyard, who died in 2010. He was a professor of Spanish from 1966 to 2005 and held a variety of administrative positions at KU. He was KU's first dean of international studies.

This award provides support for one year that may be used for stipend, tuition, supplemental research supply purchases and travel to scientific meetings.

Self Memorial Scholarship

The Self Memorial Scholarship is available to a senior undergraduate student at KU if he/she is accepted to any graduate program at KU (including KU Medical Center) to start in the year of graduation. The undergraduate students must apply in the spring semester of their last year.

For details about the scholarships listed above, please contact the program director, Irina V. Smirnova.

KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
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