School of Graduate Studies

Some advice for all
fellowship applicants!

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Scholar Awards

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship

Ronald A. MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship

Graduate Student Travel Support

Federally Supported Sources of Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Institutionally Supported Sources of Financial Aid for Graduate Students at UMKC

Women's Council of UMKC Graduate Assistance Fund

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships


External Fellowships

See External Fellowships for complete information.

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Graduate Fellowships and
Research Grants



School of Graduate Studies
Research Grant Awards

In keeping with UMKC's goal to support cutting-edge research activities and economic development, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) supports competitive graduate research grants. Proposals are open to all graduate students at UMKC and are designed to elevate visibility of UMKC's research and economic development activities. Students are expected to present their work at an appropriate venue and to present their results at the Community of Scholars Symposium each spring.

A workshop for interested graduate students will be held in late November / early December on how to put the proposal together.

SGS Research Grant Proposal Form

SGS Research Grant Proposal Format Instructions

Powerpoint from Research Grant Proposal Workshop

 

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship

One Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowships will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. .

Benefits: The Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship includes a stipend of $10,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year plus remission of non-resident fees, if applicable, and remission of 12 hours of graduate education fees.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are planning to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on a full-time basis. High level of academic achievement is required. Personality, good citizenship, commitment to community service, and potential to contribute to programs in the Kansas City area will also be considered in the selection process. The deans noted below nominate applicants, and a committee of community members makes final selection.

Only students from the following programs are eligible:

(1) Any doctoral student whose coordinating unit is in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Psychology Ph.D. program.

(2) Students pursuing an LL.M. degree in the School of Law.

(3) Any graduate student in the Bloch School of Management.

Click Here for the 2014-2015 Arthur Mag application form

The application packet must include:

* The completed application form
* Transcripts of previous work (students who will be new to the program in Fall 2014, supply transcripts from institution where undergraduate degree was conferred, plus transcripts of all graduate work to date; for continuing UMKC students, supply only a UMKC transcript. Grade reports printed from Pathway are not acceptable.
* One Faculty letter of recommendation - recommendation letter must be turned in by February 3, 2014..


School of Graduate Studies Graduate Opportunity Fellowship

Two SGS Graduate Opportunity Fellowships will be awarded for 2014-15.

Eligibility: Applicants must be degree-seeking doctoral students (Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A.), who are U.S. citizens who are members of a federally recognized U.S. racial/ethnic minority group or have a federally recognized physical disability, and who are admitted or enrolled in a doctoral program at UMKC for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Benefits: The fellowships include a stipend of $10,000 each, plus remission of up to 12 hours of graduate educational fees divided as appropriate to the student's program, over the fall, winter and summer terms.

Click Here for the 2014-15 Graduate Opportunity application form

The application packet must include:

* The completed application form
* Transcripts of previous work (students who will be new to the program in Fall 2014, supply transcripts from institution where undergraduate degree was conferred, plus transcripts of all graduate work to date; for continuing UMKC students, supply only a UMKC transcript. Grade reports printed from Pathway are not acceptable.
* Three Faculty letters of recommendation - ALL recommendation letters must be turned in by February 3, 2014.


Ronald A. MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship

One Ronald A. MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship will be awarded for 2014-15. The MacQuarrie Fellowship Fund was formed with the intent to assist graduate students with financial need to pursue their graduate education. During Dr. MacQuarrie’s tenure as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 1995-2011 the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program saw tremendous growth, with higher enrollment and new disciplines added. His commitment to students and their success was a motivating factor in the creation of this fund. The annual award is in the amount of $1000 dollars.   

Click Here for the 2014-15 MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship application form

The application packet must include:

* The completed application form
* Transcripts of previous work (students who will be new to the program in Fall 2014, supply transcripts from institution where undergraduate degree was conferred, plus transcripts of all graduate work to date; for continuing UMKC students, supply only a UMKC transcript. Grade reports printed from Pathway are not acceptable.
* Three Faculty letters of recommendation - ALL recommendation letters must be turned in by February 3, 2014.

 


Preparing Future Faculty Scholar Award

Up to 6 PFF Scholar Awards of $1,200 can be made each year. These awards may be renewed for a second year, provided the awardees have satisfactorily completed the first three PFF Seminar courses and are making satisfactory progress toward their degrees. The focus of the awards will alternate each year between students in the STEM areas [science / technology / engineering / mathematics] and students in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences areas in order to ensure that the scholars have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across diverse disciplines.   For the 2014 award cycle, applications will be accepted from students in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Science areas as noted below.

Eligibility criteria:

PFF Scholars must -

For Humanities, Arts, and Social Science area awards, PFF Scholars must –

Selection Criteria:
Applications for the fall 2014 awards are due by February 3, 2014, and will be reviewed by the members of the Preparing Future Faculty Steering Committee. Selection will be based upon strength of recommendations from faculty, applicant’s narrative statement that focuses on his or her career goals and teaching philosophy, and evidence of academic and scholarly merit.

Click Here for the 2014-15 PFF Scholar application form

The application packet must include:

* The completed application form
* A current UMKC transcript
* A statement from the applicant’s primary discipline coordinator or graduate program director concerning either the applicant’s past GTA performance and/or the discipline or program’s intention to provide the applicant with a GTA appointment during the applicant’s tenure as a PFF Scholar.

* Two Faculty letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s potential for an academic career -- ALL recommendation letters must be turned in by February 3, 2014.


Graduate Student Travel Support

The School of Graduate Studies provides funds to help defray graduate student travel costs for the purpose of presenting original research papers at reputable professional meetings or equivalent activities in the creative arts. Such presentations may be volunteered or invited, and may be podium or poster presentations. In order to assist the maximum number of graduate students, support from the Graduate School is limited to the cost of: transportation, registration fee (if required), one day's lodging, and the current University per diem rate for one day's meals. To receive the maximum award of $400 from the Graduate School, matching funds of at least $400 are required to be committed in advance by the student's academic unit, and the total allowable expenses must be equal to or greater than $800. Students are limited to no more than one graduate student travel grant per academic year. Read the guidelines for further details.

Application for Graduate Student Travel Grants: PDF format MSWord

 


Federally Supported Sources of Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Graduate students who are U. S. citizens or permanent residents and who are enrolled at least half-time, with financial need demonstrated via the FFS analysis, may be considered for aid through the College Work Study Program. They may also apply for a Perkins Loan (formerly NDSL) or a Guaranteed Student Loan. Additional information on these programs is available from the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Administrative Center Room 101, UMKC, 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64110, phone (816) 235-1154. Staff are available for information, inquiries, and assistance with applications from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.


Institutionally Supported Sources of Financial Aid for Graduate Students at UMKC

Application forms for the following competitions and types of assistance are available from the School of Graduate Studies Office, 300F Administrative Center, UMKC, 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64110, phone (816) 235-1161.


Women's Council of UMKC Graduate Assistance Fund

Website & Application forms

The annual competition for Women's Council GAF Fellowships takes place in late fall. The deadline for making application usually occurs during the second week of December. The number of fellowships awarded varies from year to year. The fellowships are meant to enable currently enrolled female graduate students to complete requirements for graduate degrees, to facilitate their studies, and to enrich their educational experiences. Awards range from $250 to $1,000 and are based on the budget submitted with the applications. Additional monetary awards are occasionally granted to applicants with projects of exceptional merit; however, the maximum award possible to any applicant is $2,000. Examples of support considered include: expenses in conjunction with completion of theses and dissertations; unusual photocopying needs; special laboratory or art supplies; extensive use of computing services; special equipment needs; unusual costs for surveys or other research tools; travel to enhance the applicant's graduate research; or unusual living or education costs (e.g., extenuating personal circumstances that require additional financial support).

In addition to the fellowships, throughout the year the Women's Council considers requests for Immediate Assistance Grants for expenses, such as those listed above, which are of an immediate nature and cannot be delayed until the next fellowship period.


Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

Financial support for graduate students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is primarily provided through the academic unit in which the student is enrolled. This support may be in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), or a fellowship. The stipend amounts and number of awards vary from unit to unit. Students interested in being considered for such support should contact the Principal Graduate Adviser or Graduate Officer in the respective academic unit for information on application procedures and deadlines. Each semester, students who hold GTA or GRA appointments may also be recommended by their academic units for Chancellor's GTA/GRA Fee Remission awards. These awards cover the basic graduate educational fee for six credit hours. Doctoral or MFA students who receive a Chancellor's GTA/GRA Fee Remission Award and who have an appointment of at least 50% FTE (approx. 20 hrs. per week) may also be nominated for a Special Ph.D./DMA/MFA Fee Remission Award that covers the basic graduate educational fees for three additional credit hours. A minimum FTE of 25% (approx. 10 hrs. per week) is required to be eligible for this latter award.