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The department awards various University and Departmental Scholarships to its students. Information is also provided here about other departments and research centers on campus that have employed geography students.

The University of Kansas Department of Geography

Undergraduate Student Scholarships
The Geography Department Undergraduate committee, through review of all undergraduate Geography students, presents a number of merit based awards to promising junior level majors. The John Cowan Memorial Scholarship is available to provide assistance to students pursuing a professional career in the field of geography.  For more information on this scholarship please click here.

Student Employment and Work-Study
Several research assistantships are normally offered through the Kansas Geological Survey, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, KU Cartographic Services, and other units. In addition, student hourly and work-study employment with the Department of Geography is available. Students should visit University Career Center in the Burge Union for a complete list of student hourly positions at the University of Kansas.

Ph.D Scholarships and Fellowships

The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship is a unique and outstanding program which is looking for exceptional students who can demonstrate they have the talent and leadership to make significant contributions not only in their field of study but in society as a whole.  Payment is through appointment as a graduate research assistant or a graduate teaching assistant.  Self Graduate Fellows will receive $29,500 a year for four years.  The total value of the four-year doctoral fellowship exceeds $165,000.Since departments identify and nominate admitted students in late January it is beneficial to contact these departments early and complete a graduate school application during the fall semester.  For more information on this unique and beneficial fellowship please click on the link provided here.

The University of Kansas

Students should visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

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