In addition to scholarships and financial aid, more than 30% of full-time graduate students hold assistantships or departmental fellowships, amounting to more than $4 million each year. The advantages of holding an assistantship include stipends, tuition reductions and waivers, reduced-rate health insurance, and an applied educational experience.
Graduate Financial Aid & Scholarships
Student Travel Awards
In order to encourage research among graduate students and to recognize their scholarly achievement, the Graduate School awards special travel fellowships to students who present the results of their research at professional meetings and conferences. Applications are accepted each year for professional meetings and conferences occurring after July 1.
Nominations for this award are currently closed. Please check back in July 2023.
In order to be considered for a special travel research fellowship, students must:
- Be in good academic standing in a graduate degree program at time of conference
- Have an approved Plan of Study on file (unless fewer than 12 hours have been accumulated)
- Submit proof that the presentation has been accepted for presentation at a professional meeting or conference
- Have not received this award in the preceding 12 months
- Submit the application form (pdf) for the travel fellowship
Funding is limited. It is possible that those who apply and meet all criterion will not receive a travel fellowship if the funding for that term has been exhausted. We cannot consider requests for past events.
Student Government Association Travel Funding
Additional funding for travel is available through the Student Government Association (SGA) for students presenting research. Visit their website for more information.Learn more about funding available through SGA
No recipient will be excluded from consideration based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a veteran or disability.
Graduate School Awards and Grants
Students must be nominated by a graduate faculty member to be considered for these awards. These awards are only available for students who will not graduate until fall or later. Spring and summer graduates are not eligible for consideration.
Nominations for these awards are now open. Deadline is April 10, 11:59 PM.
To be eligible, a student must be admitted to a graduate degree program in good standing, be enrolled full-time, and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to minority students who are U.S. citizens. The typical award amount is $700.
Delano Maggard, Jr. Research Grant
To be eligible, a student must be admitted to a graduate degree program in good standing, be enrolled either full-time or part-time, have completed nine graduate credit hours, and demonstrate financial need. This award entails the following additional criteria:
- Student must submit a budget for the research project; AND
- If the proposed research involves human or animal subjects, a copy of the approval from the Wichita State institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use committee should be included. The typical award amount is for $500 - $1,000.
Dora Wallace Hodgson Outstanding Graduate Student Award (Master's and Doctoral / PhD)
To be eligible, a student must be admitted to a graduate degree program in good standing. The typical award amount is $1,000.
Only one student per program, per award may be nominated. Program faculty will work together to determine who should be nominated and write a letter of support for the nominee. Winners of the Annual Student Awards will be recognized at the 3MT® Showcase the following fall semester.
If nominated, you will need to submit:
- Current resume / curriculum vitae
- Student statement
- If nominated for the Delano Maggard, Jr. award, the student will need to provide a budget for the research project and, if the proposed research involves human or animal subjects, a copy of the approval from the Wichita State Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use.
- Fill out and submit the online nomination form and upload the needed documents.
Note: All documents must be converted to PDF in order for them to be uploaded. To upload your documents and submit the form, you must be logged into Office365 with your myWSU ID. You can do this through the myWSU portal. Sign in and click the Office 365 icon at the top right of the page. From there, log into Office 365 with myWSUID@wichita.edu and your password. If you have difficulty logging in to Office 365, please reach out to the Technology Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-978-4357.
Only complete nomination packets will be accepted and considered for review.
Part-time Student Award (Educational Opportunity Fund)
To be eligible, a student must be admitted to a graduate degree program in good standing, be enrolled part-time (three to six graduate hours), demonstrate financial need, and cannot hold paid employment at Wichita State. Award amounts are available for up to $700.
Deadline is the last Monday in June for Fall awards, and the last Monday in October for Spring awards. Nominations for this award are currently closed.
The application form can be found here.
In addition to the above awards, the Graduate School distributes the following awards based on financial need and other considerations:
- Dr. Laiten L. & Verna Nye Camien Fellowship
- E.L. Cord Foundation Graduate Fellowship
- Ollie A. & J.O. Heskett Graduate Fellowship
- Donald D. Sbarra Endowed Fellowship
- Lawrence & Pauline Stettheimer Endowed Fellowship
WSU Foundation: Spirit of the Gift
Learn more about the men and women behind Wichita State's scholarships and fellowships.Visit the WSU Foundation website