45 outstanding second-year students from a variety of disciplines will be selected to become the new generation of University Scholars and Global Scholars during the spring 2020 semester.  Both programs provide students with an exciting opportunity to address an important topic in contemporary society. 

Each University Scholar:                                                 

- Receives a one-time scholarship of $1,500                    

- Is connected with a faculty mentor who will help you develop your academic interests and can connect you to opportunities for research and community involvement  

- Attends a student/mentor banquet in January                  

- Enrolls in an interdisciplinary seminar taught by a faculty member with a distinguished teaching record

Eligibility Requirements:                                                  

- Students who are beginning their second year of college     

- 3.50 GPA or above   

 

 Each Global Scholar:  

- Conducts internationally-focused research under faculty mentorship 

- Presents at the Global Scholars Research Symposium (senior year)   

- Enrolls in an interdisciplinary seminar taught by a faculty member with a distinguished teaching record

Eligibility Requirements:  

- Students who are beginning their second year of college who have an interest in international studies                                                

- 3.50 GPA or above

Details on the Spring 2020 Global Scholars Seminar

Details on the Spring 2020 University Scholars Seminars

How to Apply to Either/Both Programs

1) Fill out the application and personal statement.

2) Ask two people to fill out the recommendation form.

3) Please let your recommenders know to which seminar(s) you are applying.

Applications for the 2020 cohort are due September 20, 2019. Interviews are planned for October 20, 2019.

Students in their second year at KU with a strong academic record are invited to apply at the beginning of the fall semester. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic credentials, commitment to their education, intellectual promise, involvement and interests outside of the classroom, and recommendations.

University Scholars and Global Scholars Application

University Scholars and Global Scholars Recommendation Form

Application FAQs

Still have questions? Contact University Scholars Program director Sarah Crawford-Parker at scrawpar@ku.edu or Global Scholars Program director Michelle Ward at mmward@ku.edu.
 


History of the Global Scholars Program

History of the University Scholars Program

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