Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Various fellowships, scholarships, and grants are available to provide financial support to graduate students as they begin their graduate program, during, and as they near graduation and prepare for their professional career. Some funding opportunities are offered by the Graduate School and other units at K-State, and numerous funding opportunities are offered by external agencies and organizations.

Funding from the Graduate School

Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarship Program

This scholarship program was initiated by Timothy Donoghue, former Graduate School dean, as a way to recruit top candidates throughout the United States to K-State graduate programs by offering graduate assistantship packages that are highly competitive. Donoghue Scholarships enhance the maximum package a graduate program can offer to top candidates, making the total package a partnership between the graduate program and the Graduate School. This scholarship is for first year graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are appointed to a .5 FTE assistantship. Master's students are awarded a $3,000 scholarship and doctoral students are awarded a $5,000 scholarship for one academic year. Students must be nominated for the scholarship by their graduate program. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year. Nominations are accepted by the Graduate School each February.

Learn more about the Donoghue Scholarship

Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship in Molecular Biology

The Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship provides an award of $17,000 to a graduate student enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Kansas State University. In addition to the fellowship, up to three Sarachek Scientific Travel Awards of $1,000 each will be presented annually. Applications are accepted each spring semester.

Apply for the Sarachek Fellowship

Small Research Grants Program for Graduate Students in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The Small Grant Program supports research expenses for master's and PhD students in arts, humanities, and social science disciplines in their final year of study. Grants are up to $1,000 for research costs. The Graduate School accepts applications for the Small Grants Program each fall semester.

Learn more about the Small Grant Program

Taiwan Study Abroad Scholarship

The Taiwan Study Abroad Scholarship has been established with the goal of providing graduate students and undergraduates enrolled in a concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree the opportunity to experience the Taiwanese culture while studying or traveling for an educational experience to Taiwan. Scholarships will be awarded to support one of the following educational experiences: study abroad for a minimum of one semester, participation in a faculty-led study abroad trip that includes cultural experiences, or presentation of scholarly research at an international professional meeting in Taiwan or an invited exhibition of scholarly work.

Learn about the Taiwan Study Abroad Scholarship

Other Funding Opportunities at K-State

K-State Scholarship Network (KSN)

The K-State Scholarship Network (KSN) is an online application portal that will connect you to scholarship opportunities. You will create a profile in the system that will help match you to specific scholarship opportunities provided by K-State donors and offered through university departments, potentially including your own academic college and/or department. Scholarship opportunities are available for incoming and continuing students. All scholarship awards in the KSN are made for the fall semester. To be considered for scholarships, complete the KSN application by February 15 each year.

Complete the KSN application

APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program Fellowship

The purpose of the USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program, or NSTP, is to build the necessary technical and subject matter expertise to support the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, KS. In addition to serving as an international reference laboratory for foot and mouth disease virus and a national reference laboratory for other foreign animal diseases such as classical swine fever and African swine fever viruses, FADDL’s mission will expand to include emerging and zoonotic diseases, including BSL-4 pathogens.

Apply for the APHIS NBAF Fellowship

Rural Resource Resiliancy (R3) NSF Research Traineeship

As the world's human population continues to grow, rural communities in the United States and around the world are faced with the challenge of producing food for over 9 billion people by 2050 and at the same time are facing natural resources depletion challenges. The National Science Foundation (NSF) established a National Research Traineeship (NRT) program at Kansas State University, The Rural Resources Resiliency NSF Research Traineeship, to overcome these challenges. This program is focus on solving the grand challenges of creating sustainable food, energy, and water systems in rural communities in semi-arid regions by developing a resilient food, energy, and water system. To reach this goal we research engineering and socioeconomic innovations to conserve water, create renewable energy, and help sustain rural communities in semi-arid regions and are involved in interdisciplinary cutting-edge research combining academic fields of engineering, sociology, and agricultural economics.

Apply for the R3 NSF Research Traineeship


Additional Opportunities

Students should also consult with their department/program and college for scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

Numerous funding opportunities are also available from organizations outside of K-State. Explore External Fellowships and Scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships, and the Funding Connection for more opportunities.