Graduate Resources



Research & Travel Funding

Graduate Studies

  • Doctoral Student Research Fund
    The Doctoral Student Research Fund is designed to support KU doctoral students on the Lawrence Campus who need assistance to carry out research that advances progress toward the degree. A doctoral student is eligible to apply for up to two awards during their graduate program, one before doctoral candidacy (up to $1500) and one as a candidate (up to $2000).
  • KU and External Funding

School of the Arts (SOTA)

  • Student Travel Fund
    The University of Kansas School of the Arts provides travel funds to support the professional development of its students and to increase the visibility of its academic programs. (Annual eligibility)
  • Arts Research Project Grants
    The Arts Research Project Grants provide support for original, independent creative and scholarly research by students in the School of the Arts.

Department of Theatre & Dance

  • Theatre Graduate Student Travel Fund
    Theatre Graduate students are invited to apply for funds to support travel for conference attendance and for research. Conference attendance and research are integral components of your professionalization as graduate students preparing to enter the profession as Assistant Professors.
  • Graduate Scholarly Development Fund
    The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences provides the Graduate Scholarly Development Fund to support the scholarly development of graduate students in the College. The funds are provided by the College, but applications are processed at the department level. This award, provided annually to one graduate student, is for expenses related to research. Questions & application requests should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies at thrdgs@ku.edu. Application deadline is December 1.
  • Departmental Scholarships and Awards
    The Department of Theatre awards over 25 different scholarships each spring for the following academic year. Applications must be completed by March 1.

The Hall Center for the Humanities

The American Society for Theatre Research

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

  • ATHE Conference Fellowships
    ATHE often provides fellowships for graduate student members to attend the annual conference
  • ATHE Awards
    The ATHE Awards Committee is responsible for coordinating nine prestigious awards that recognize excellence in educational and professional theatre.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

  • USITT Awards
    USITT is the primary professional association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals. Awards recognize excellence in design and technology.