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Endowment Awards and Fellowships

Honors Fellowships  The Honors Fellowships are used primarily to recruit outstanding students for graduate programs and provide a stipend of $14,000 per year plus payment of up to 9 graduate credit hours of tuition for the fall and spring semesters. Awards to students will be during their first and fourth or fifth year of study. For those students who are only seeking a master's degree, the award will only be for their first year of study.

First Year Graduate Fellowship  Those students nominated and not awarded an Honors Fellowship will be eligible for a First Year Graduate Fellowship. Nominees who are chosen as an alternate for the Honors Fellowship will be considered for a First Year Fellowship. This one-year award includes a stipend of $12,000 plus payment of up to 9 graduate credit hours of tuition for the fall and spring semesters.

Dissertation Fellowship  This one-year award includes a stipend payment of $14,000, plus payment of up to six graduate credit hours of tuition and fees. Preference will be given to students who are expected to complete their dissertations during the award year, those who completed their comprehensive examinations, especially those who have been supported bv teaching assistantships during all or most of their graduate study and those who would profit significantly from the released time from teaching or other duties offered bv the fellowship.

The Olin Templin Fellowship in Philosophy is awarded on the basis of both academic excellence and financial need, and is awarded on the recommendation of the departmental Committee on Recruitment, Admission, and Awards. The Department typically awards two or three Templin Fellowships for the summer; the Director of Graduate Studies will issue a call for applications in the spring. The stipend is variable, but is generally in the amount of $1000 for summer Templins. Applications for Templin Fellowships at other times should be made by writing to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Student Travel Awards  Graduate Students are eligible for travel support to professional conferences at which they have had a paper accepted for presentation. There are currently two sources of support:

  1. Graduate Studies Office (Contact Graduate Studies or Graduate Student Council)
  2. Edward S. Robinson philosophy travel awards. The Department occasionally has limited funds for transportation costs for students who are presenting papers at significant philosophical meetings. Eligible students should apply to the Chair of the Committee on Recruitment, Admissions and Awards.

Melik Graduate Fellowship for Diversity  The Melik Graduate Fellowships provide a stipend of $10,000 per year plus payment of up to 9 graduate credit hours of tuition for the fall and spring semesters. Awards to students will be during their first and fourth or fifth year of study. For those students who are only seeking a master's degree, the award will only be for their first year of study.

Melik Graduate Scholarship for Diversity  The Melik Graduate Scholarship is provided by the Kansas University Endowment Association and KU Student Senate and is available for new U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Nominees who are chosen as an alternate for the Melik Graduate Fellowship will be considered for a Melik Graduate Scholarship. Students awarded a Melik Graduate Scholarship must have been admitted to Graduate Studies for graduate study no earlier than Spring Semester 2008. This one-year award consists of a stipend payment of $4,000. The applicant must have the same qualifications as those listed above under the Melik Graduate Fellowship.

Direct Exchange Scholarships  These awards provide institutional and living costs at foreign universities with which the university maintains a direct exchange program. For more information, contact the KU Office of Study Abroad.

 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Philosophy employs qualified graduate students to teach logic, introduction to philosophy, introduction to ethics and intro to social and political philosophy. Half-time Teaching Assistants receive a nine-month student salary based on the current rate as determined by the University, in addition to a 100% remission of tuition.

Recommendations concerning Assistantships in Philosophy are made to the Chair of the Department by the Committee on Recruitment, Admissions and Awards. In making its recommendations, the Committee is especially concerned to maintain or enhance the quality of undergraduate instruction and to provide funding for, as well as recognition of, qualified graduate students. 

The Department of Humanities and Western Civilization  Many graduate students in philosophy are qualified for teaching assistantships in Humanities and Western Civilization, a required undergraduate course. The Humanities and Western Civilization program emphasizes reading, self-study, and discussion of important intellectual issues with one's peers. A discussion leader's function is to co-ordinate the discussion, and to motivate the students both to think about the readings and to draw many of the relevant implications from the readings for contemporary life. Students who are interested in applying for a Humanities and Western Civilization Teaching position should contact the Director of Humanities and Western Civilization.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship for Diversity  Funding is available to support GTA positions for new (enrolled at KU not earlier than the Spring Semester of 2008) U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The nominee must have outstanding academic credentials, and one or more of the following qualifications: cultural background, ethnicity, bilingual or multilingual abilities, evidence of commitment to diversity, evidence of leadership skills, first generation college student, geographic diversity, previous career before pursuing higher education, race, service to the community, socio-economic status, urban/rural background, financial, social, family, physical or educational hardships, and other unique contributions. One of these qualifications will not be more determinative than another in the overall selection process. The Graduate Studies Fellowship Committee will review nominations for this award. Graduate Studies and the department share in the funding of a four-year appointment, authorized by the department, and the student must maintain good academic standing and satisfactory performance for the appointment to continue. The amount will compensate at the normal rate for such appointments. The student will receive a tuition waiver or in-state fee status in accordance with his/her research or teaching appointment.

Additional funding opportunities are available on the Graduate Studies Funding page.


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