The Office of Fellowships encourages students to become involved with programs and recognition opportunities on campus. These activities can help build your profile as a scholarship and fellowship candidate and provide valuable experiences that will follow you throughout your life.
University Scholars and Global Scholars
The university offers two parallel programs for the university's best sophomores. Students who complete their first year at KU with at least a 3.5 GPA are invited to apply for the University Scholars and/or the Global Scholars Programs. Students get the chance to meet some of their brightest peers from across campus, take a seminar from one of the university's distinguished faculty members, are paired with faculty mentors, and receive small stipends.
Applications are due in September of each year. See each program for specific details.
Phi Beta Kappa
KU is home to the Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa -- the oldest chapter west of the Mississippi of the nation's oldest and most well-known national honor society, emphasizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's largest all-discipline honor society. KU is home to Chapter 171.
Administered by the Office of Student Affairs, the University Awards are a set of seven different awards that recognize undergraduate excellence at KU. Typically awarded to graduating seniors at Commencement, the awards process begins in January each year.
Research experience is often a key component of successful scholarship applications. The KU Center for Undergraduate Research can help you get started. The Center offers two major funding opportunities.
- Undergraduate Research Awards: $1,000 scholarships to fund your research or creative project, offered every semester.
- Student Travel Awards: Up to $500 to pay for students to travel to professional conferences to present their research, offered every semester and awarded each month.
Undergraduate Research funding also has a number of other great resources.