Undergraduate 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 jbeinek@ku.edu 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 jbeinek@ku.edu 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 jduhamel@ku.edu with the subject heading “FMSO CGIS CREES Fellowship App.”


KU Undergraduate Research Student Travel Awards

Undergraduate Travel Awards provide a $500 scholarship to KU students who wish to travel to professional conferences in order to present their research. Funds are dispersed until depleted, beginning with the academic year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis around the 15th of each month, with notification of results by the end of that month. Awards are offered every semester and awarded each month. Requirements: be a full-time, enrolled undergraduate student in good academic standing (at time of application and at time of travel). Students may only receive one travel award per academic year.
Website: ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/travel-award
Apply: as soon as possible! Funds will be dispersed (beginning August) until depleted.


KU Global Scholars Program

This is an opportunity to develop interests and prepare for a career, advanced study, and leadership roles in today's complex international arena. Each Global Scholar receives a scholarship ($1,000 toward a KU-approved Study Abroad program), is connected with a faculty mentor for academic and professional development, and enrolls in an interdisciplinary seminar with fellow scholars. Requirements: applicants should be outstanding students who are beginning their second year at KU. Global Scholars are chosen based on an application and interview. Students with a 3.75 cumulative GPA are invited to apply. Students with a strong record but a slightly lower GPA may also submit an application. For more info, contact Michelle Ward at 785-864-7178.
Website: international.ku.edu/globalscholars
Apply: September of sophomore year

* Note: The University Scholars Program is a sibling program to the Global Scholars Program; students may apply for only one of the two programs.


KU University Scholars Program

Every year, 20 outstanding second-year students from a variety of disciplines are selected to become the new generation of University Scholars. Each University Scholar receives a scholarship ($250/semester for 5 semesters), is connected with a faculty mentor, and enrolls in an interdisciplinary seminar taught by a faculty member noted for a distinguished teaching record. Requirements: students in their second year at KU with a 3.75 cumulative GPA are invited to apply at the beginning of the fall semester. University Scholars are selected on the basis of academic credentials, commitment to their education, intellectual promise, and evaluations by instructors, advisers, and other faculty members. Contact program director Dr. Anne Wallen at annewallen@ku.edu.
Website: honors.ku.edu/university-scholars
Apply: September of sophomore year 

* Note: The Global Scholars Program is a sibling program to the University Scholars Program; students may apply for only one of the two programs.



EuroScholars is a prestigious semester-long study abroad program designed for talented and highly-motivated undergraduate students looking to participate in international research. Participants identify an on-going project and join a research team at one of the 9 renowned European research universities that make up the EuroScholars Consortium. Students work with their home and host universities to develop a learning agreement for their time abroad, which gives each student the opportunity to create a program that is tailored to their unique experience, interests, and degree requirements. Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available through the KU Office of Study Abroad for students participating in semester-length study abroad programs. In addition, the KU Honors Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research, offer additional funding opportunities for study and research abroad. A 3.4 GPA is required to participate in the EuroScholars program.
Website: euroscholars.eu/
Apply: October (for spring) & April (for fall)


KU Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs)

UGRAs are $1,000 scholarships provided to undergraduate students pursuing original research, scholarship, or creative work under the general guidance of a member of the faculty or other approved mentor. Each UGRA proposal must be sponsored by a KU affiliated faculty member or approved mentor who has read and approved the proposal and who agrees to oversee the conduct and completion of the project. UGRAs are awarded to students conducting semester-long independent projects that constitute work that is original and substantive given the standards and objectives of the field. (The UGRAs are not intended, for example, to support trips to workshops or the like; something new has to be discovered or created). Aside from recognizing student accomplishments, the UGRA competition provides an incentive for students to practice writing about their work and to take a deeper look at the literature of their field. Students in any major can apply. Requirements: be a degree-seeking undergraduate student when you receive the award.  Students must be enrolled full-time during the award period. Exceptions to this rule can be made, e.g., when the applicant is studying abroad during the semester or only needs a few more credits to graduate. Contact the Center for Undergraduate Research at cur@ku.edu for more info.
Website: ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/research-awards
Deadline: November (for spring) and March (for fall)


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.
Website: fellowships.ku.edu/critical-languages-scholarship or clscholarship.org/index.html
Apply: November (for summer)


Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

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 receive FLAS awards for study during the academic year or summer, including study abroad. Awards cover tuition and stipend, ranging up to $7,500-15,000. KU’s FLAS fellowships are awarded by the Center for East Asian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center and Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. For details, go to a FLAS info session.
Website: flas.ku.edu/
Apply: February (for summer and academic year)


KU’s University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers several different funding sources, including the Honors Opportunity Awards which could be used to fund research opportunities or expenses to attend an academic conference to present your research. Requirement: be a member of the University Honors Program. For more information, visit honors.ku.edu/


KU’s Hall Center Scholars

This program provides opportunities for KU undergraduates who have strong academic credentials and have demonstrated significant activity within KU to interact with well-known authors, scholars, and public intellectuals.
Website: hallcenter.ku.edu/hall-center-scholars


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