This paid, 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 a commentary on the importance of the topic in understanding the operational environment. Some of these findings may be published in Operational Environment Watch (OEW), a monthly e-journal that presents non-American perspectives regarding unique aspects of defense and security issues. Among the users of this research are U.S. and foreign universities and organizations, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and throughout the U.S. Army and Department of Defense.
The student will be expected to submit a minimum of one commentary per month. 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. 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. If more than one outstanding student applies, the top achieving student will receive the paid fellowship and the other(s) will receive unpaid fellowships. All fellows, whether paid or unpaid, will receive the same benefits regarding learning opportunities and access to FMSO staff. Upon completion of the fellowship, the student will give a presentation on the submitted commentaries and fellowship experience to faculty and students. The student will receive a formal, official letter of recognition from the FMSO Director, documenting his or her expertise and work experience.
Requirements: KU graduate student or exceptionally well-prepared undergraduate student with deep interest in and knowledge of a specific geographic region; excellent research and writing skills. Preferences: Students with knowledge and foreign language skills of Asia Pacific, Northeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Balkans, Russia, Eurasia, and Central Asia. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a program through CGIS or CREES.
Website: Visit community.apan.org/wg/tradoc-g2/fmso/ for examples of commentaries.
Apply: April (either year for graduate students; junior year for undergraduate students)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)
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.
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 email@example.com for more details.
Website: fellowships.ku.edu/marshall-scholarship or marshallscholarship.org/
Apply for KU nomination: spring of junior year or up to one year after graduation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)