Graduate Funding

KU Security Affairs Research Fellowship (Paid & Unpaid)

This semester-long fellowship provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the global security environment and how the U.S. military determines the operational environment. The fellowship is a cooperative project of the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Fort Leavenworth, KU Center for Global and International Studies (CGIS), and KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES).

The goal of FMSO is to examine unconsidered and understudied foreign perspectives (i.e. non-American perspectives) related to defense and security issues. The selected student will conduct research using unclassified, open source materials, select pertinent foreign-language articles, translate an appropriate excerpt, and then write about the importance of the topic in understanding the operational environment.

The FMSO-KU Fellowship requirement will entail selected students to produce a monthly analyst note that highlights at least one foreign media source (journal or mass media article, social media, television, or other open source) with source citation in English and the foreign language, copyright free images, and succinct commentary (between 2-4 paragraphs) that highlights a short background and explanation of the foreign perspective to the topic. Broadly speaking, the topics will be on defense and security issues that are worked out with FMSO’s representative at KU. These unclassified analyst notes will be provided to analysts in FMSO, the Global Cultural Knowledge Network, the Operational Environment Lab, and the Operational Environment & Threats Analysis directorates of the TRADOC G2. Individual analyst notes may be disseminated to other groups and individuals depending on the topics and timings. The notes will be used by TRADOC analysts to further their research, overall expertise, and source enhancement. Additionally, the notes, along with all of FMSO’s other work, will populate the Operational Enterprise database.

There are two types of Security Affairs Research Fellowships at this time. They differ in two ways—monetary award and regional focus.

  • The paid fellowship focuses on Russia (Summer 2021) and Russia, Balkans, Eurasia, and Central Asia (Fall 2021) and is being funded through CREES and U.S. Russia Foundation. The successful applicant will receive $1,000 for tuition at KU. This amount will be paid directly to Student Account Services at the beginning of the semester.
  • The unpaid fellowship focuses on other world regions (Fall 2021), specifically Asia Pacific, Northeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Requirements for the Security Affairs Research Fellowship (paid and unpaid): KU graduate student or exceptionally well-prepared undergraduate student with deep knowledge of a specific geographic region, foreign language skills of that region, and excellent research and writing skills. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a program through CGIS or CREES.

All fellows, whether paid or unpaid, will receive the same benefits regarding learning opportunities and access to FMSO staff. As mentioned previously, the student will be expected to submit a minimum of one commentary per month. The student will make a presentation on their overall work and key foreign perspective insights. Successful students will receive an official letter of appreciation as “contributing analysts” from the FMSO director. This fellowship will be conducted remotely however the student will be asked to attend approximately three meetings per semester on the KU Lawrence campus to discuss the writing process and focus with FMSO staff.

How to Apply

  • Paid fellowship focusing on Russia SUMMER 2021
    Program dates:  June 1-Aug 20, 2021
    Deadline:  May 21, 2021
    Send resume, transcript (unofficial or official), and short statement on how this fellowship relates to your academic and professional goals to Justyna Beinek, Assistant to the Director, CREES at with the subject heading “FMSO CGIS CREES Fellowship App.”
  • Paid fellowship focusing on Russia, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia FALL 2021
    Program dates:  Aug-Dec 2021
    Deadline:  May 21, 2021
    Send resume, transcript (unofficial or official), and short statement on how this fellowship relates to your academic and professional goals to Justyna Beinek, Assistant to the Director, CREES at with the subject heading “FMSO CGIS CREES Fellowship App.”
  • Unpaid fellowship focusing on other world regions--Asia Pacific, Northeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean FALL 2021
    Program dates:  Aug-Dec 2021
    Deadline:  May 21, 2021
    Send resume, transcript (unofficial or official), and short statement on how this fellowship relates to your academic and professional goals to Jennifer Duhamel, Outreach & Communications Coordinator, CGIS at with the subject heading “FMSO CGIS CREES Fellowship App.”


Truman Scholarship

These prestigious national awards, which provide up to $30,000 for graduate study, are given to college juniors for leadership in public service. The awards are highly competitive, with only about 60 Truman Scholars named nationwide each year. Applicants should be US citizens, be excellent students (strong GPA, typically 3.7 or higher), and have strong records of both public service and leadership. The scholarship provides funding and the opportunity to participate in a Truman Scholars Leadership Week and a Summer Institute in Washington, DC Truman Scholarship. 18 KU students have been named Truman Scholars. The most recent was Ashlie Koehn in 2015. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen,, Truman KU campus representative, to gain access to the application. KU may nominate up to four students.
Apply for KU nomination: October of junior year


Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

For Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Uyghur, Tibetan, Amharic, Arabic*, Hausa, KiSwahili, Somali, Wolof, and other African languages on demand. FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process to KU advanced undergraduate and graduate students to pursue language and area studies for professional purposes. Students can receive FLAS awards for study during the academic year or summer, including study abroad. Graduate FLAS for the academic year provide up to $18,000/tuition and $15,000/stipend. Graduate FLAS is available for all levels of language study. For details, go to a FLAS info session.
Apply: February (for summer and academic year)


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

Critical Language Scholarships cover all costs of attending Intensive Summer Institutes through the United States Department of State. Languages offered include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Students in all fields are eligible to apply after two semesters of college; additional criteria depend on the language being studied. The Center for Global & International Studies partners with KU’s Office of Fellowships & Scholarships to offer info sessions and writing workshops to help students apply for CLS.
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Apply: November (for summer)


Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant

KU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies offers a field research grant for KU graduate students in any discipline. Grants are intended to provide graduate students with early experience conducting hands-on field research in Latin America and the opportunity to develop independent research projects. The Tinker Foundation grants fall within the $2,000-5,000 range. Recipients can use the awards for airfare, in-country transportation expenses, and a limited amount of subsistence expenses.
Apply: February


Marshall Scholarship

Approximately 40 Americans receive Marshall Scholarships each year in order to fund 1 or 2 years of graduate study in any field at any university in the United Kingdom. Selection criteria include an exceptional academic record, leadership, and potential to serve as a citizen ambassador to the UK. Scholarship pays for tuition, living expenses, and travel costs. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen for more details.
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Apply for KU nomination: spring of junior year or up to one year after graduation


Rhodes Scholarship

Each year 32 American Rhodes Scholars are selected. The Scholarship fully funds 2 years of study at Oxford University. According to the Rhodes Trust, “Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.” KU students apply for nomination in the spring of their junior year, as seniors, or after graduation, though they must be 18-23 years old on October 1 in the year of application. 26 KU students have been named Rhodes Scholars; the most recent was Kelsey Murrell in 2011. Students who wish to be endorsed by the University of Kansas must register intent to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship and submit a preliminary application, typically in the spring of their junior or senior year. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen for more details.
Apply: Spring of junior or senior year

Graduate Teaching Assistant for KU’s Humanities Program

KU students from a variety of graduate programs can become Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) for the Humanities program. First and second year GTAs typically teach discussion sections. GTAs who meet certain requirements teach HUM 204, HUM 205 or other courses as needed. More info can be found on the website below. Requirements: student must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at KU (no fewer than 6 graduate credit hours per semester). The Humanities program currently has 16 GTAs.
Apply: April (for fall)


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