Ph.D. funding

In addition to full tuition and fee payment, all doctoral students are supported via graduate research or teaching assistantships or fellowships. Subsidized health insurance is available through KU. This support is continued throughout the four to five years of the program, as long as satisfactory progress is being made. 

Self Graduate Fellowship

Students who are eligible may be nominated for the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship at the University of Kansas. The Self Graduate Fellowship is a merit-based program made up of an interdisciplinary group of doctoral students and is a unique opportunity to acquire valuable leadership training for future careers.

Throughout their time as a Self Graduate Fellow, students receive funding that covers tuition, fees, graduate appointment (the stipend for fall 2024 accepted students was $34,000), and the employer's portion of student health insurance.

In addition, the School of Business provides a scholarship in the amount of $10,000 ($5,000 for the fall semester and $5,000 for the spring semester) each year for four years to a selected Self Graduate Fellow admitted to the KU School of Business doctoral program.

Students must:

  • Be U.S. citizens,
  • Have been admitted into the KU School of Business doctoral program
  • Have completed their first baccalaureate degree within the past eight years, and
  • Be a new and incoming doctoral student or first-year doctoral student at the time of nomination.

John E. Young Ph.D. Scholarship

The John E. Young Ph.D. Scholarship is an established scholarship from John E. Young and Jeanne M. Logsdon used to provide funding for African American students who were born in the U.S. and are in KU School of Business doctoral program. The goal of this scholarship is to increase graduation rates for African American doctoral students in business. Admitted students who meet the scholarship criteria will be considered.

The School of Business at KU will provide a stipend paid in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistant or Graduate Research Assistant in the amount of $30,000 for five years, providing satisfactory progress in the program. Additionally, the recipient of this scholarship will receive an additional $4,000 ($2,000 for the fall semester and $2,000 for the spring semester) each year for five years, making the annual stipend of $34,000 for five years.