Financial assistance is available from the University as well as the Department of Economics. All applicants (both domestic and international) to the PhD Program whose files are complete by the relevant deadlines are automatically considered for the financial aid -- there is no separate application.

International applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early to allow enough time for the processing of immigration documents. 

Department Financial Aid

The deadline is January 2.
Qualified applicants whose files are complete by the deadline are automatically considered.

Graduate Fellowship: The purpose of the Graduate Fellowship is to recruit highly qualified individuals into the PhD program in Economics. The fellowship provides funding for students for five years, and support includes full tuition waiver and fees plus a stipend of $20,000. Year one is obligation free— there is no teaching or research obligations. During years 2-5, students will be appointed as Teaching/Research Assistants. There is no separate application form for the fellowship.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs): This is the main form of funding from the department. A GTA position includes an academic year (nine-month) stipend in the range of $13,500 – $16,000. This amount is typically more than sufficient to cover on-campus living expenses. Moreover, as a GTA of the economics department, 100% of tuition and 50% of campus fees are waived, and you qualify for optional group health insurance, towards which the University of Kansas pays a substantial subsidy. There are also optional plans available for prescription drug coverage and vision and dental discount plans. From time to time, summer support may be available to supplement the academic year stipend of outstanding students. 

Eligibility of International Students for Funding: To be considered for a GTA position, international students must demonstrate English Proficiency

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT): minimum part scores of 20 in reading, writing and listening and a 22 on the spoken component.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  minimum band scores of 6.0  in reading, writing and listening and 8 on the spoken component
  • International students who have a degree from a U.S. university or an institution whose medium of instruction is English and wish to be considered for a GTA position must still provide us with TOEFL-iBT or IELTS scores or pass the SPEAK test administrated by the Applied English Center at KU.

Duration of Funding: A GTA position may continue for up to five years (up to a student’s fifth year in the Ph.D. program). This is contingent upon several factors, including availability of funding, maintaining a GPA of 3.0, maintaining satisfactory teaching evaluations, attending all required university and department meetings, and making satisfactory progress in the program. 

Graduate Research Assistantships: There are also a limited number of research assistantships available to graduate students.

Conference Travel Award: Funds are available to graduate students who present papers at conferences. Students may apply by filing out an application form (download forms). The application should be submitted to the Graduate Secretary at least two weeks prior to the scheduled travel date. If you are traveling out of the state of Kansas you will need to also submit the University's Out-of-State Travel Form (download form) and return it the Graduate Secretary two weeks before travel takes place.

Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship
This is a four-year award that currently pays a stipend of $30,000 annually and covers full tuition and fees. It is available only to U.S. citizens. Students are nominated by their departments. For more information

University of Kansas Graduate School Fellowships and Awards
Awards from the Graduate School range from $2,500 to $14,000 and some come with a 100% tuition waiver. Students are nominated by their departments. For more information.

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Dr. Shu Wu, 1966 - 2018

Dr. Shu Wu, Professor of Economics and Associate Chair, Department of Economics at University of Kansas, and a resident of Overland Park, KS, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018.
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