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Ph.D. in Social Work

Financial Aid

If enrolled in full-time study, the KU School of Social Welfare will guarantee four years of financial support, as long as student remains in good standing in the program. In most cases, this will consist of a 50 percent appointment as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), or a combination of the two and paid tuition. Occasionally, funding may include a higher percentage appointment and/or a fellowship. Many of the GRAs receive funding through one of our four research centers:

Other research and funding opportunities are often available through individual faculty research projects in many areas. Applicants are asked to name their fields of interest to help match student interest with available funding opportunities.

"KU SSW offers varied research training opportunities with talented researchers backed by solid financial support," said a recent doctoral graduate.

In addition, many of our students take advantage of opportunities to teach as GTAs. These students are carefully mentored to strengthen their teaching approaches and skills.

$18,000 Diversity Fellowship and $25,000 5-year Fellowship Available - Apply by January 17, 2018

We are delighted to announce that the School of Social Welfare is offering two fellowships for doctoral students starting fall 2017. To be considered, make sure to apply to the program by the deadline of January 16, 2018.

Kansas Graduate Studies Diversity Fellowship

This fellowship is a 12 month award in the amount of a $18,000 stipend and fall/spring tuition for up to nine credit hours.

5-Year Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship

This doctoral fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships available at KU. This fellowship provides tuition and campus fees sufficient to cover all enrollment requirements for five years of graduate work, as well as an annual stipend of $25,000.

The Ph.D. Admissions Committee will establish the award criteria for both fellowships, review applications in early January (application deadline is January 16, 2018), and inform fellowship recipients of their awards in their acceptance letters, to be mailed in early to mid-February. (All those admitted will be automatically considered for the fellowships—no separate application is necessary.)



Becky Hofer
Interim Graduate Student Services Coordinator, PhD Program &
Director of Graduate Admissions


Margaret Severson
PhD Program Director

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