Awards and Funding

Departmental Graduate Awards


Flora E. Thompson Fund

Flora Thompson was the Department's much-beloved first administrative officer. This expendable fund was established in her name by her family and friends. It supports graduate student travel to national conferences.

Baer, Wolf, and Risley Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The Baer, Wolf, and Risley Outstanding Graduate Student Award is given to graduate students completing their final requirements in the Ph.D. program. The students are nominated by the faculty based on substantial contributions to research, teaching, and departmental service.

The Todd R. Risley Student Award

The purpose of this award is to provide a $500 annual award from the Endowed Todd R. Risley Student Award Fund to a doctoral student from ABS chosen by a committee comprised of the ABS Awards Committee and four of the Founding Donors of the Risley Fund. Students must be matriculated in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science doctoral program and may work at any affiliated site including, but not limited to Juniper Gardens, North Star Academy, Edna A. Hill Child Development Center, KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, Parsons Institute, and others. The award can fund dissertation research or travel to present a paper pertaining to research and/or activities that have a clear path to scalable and sustainable solutions. Todd’s passions included: research with the potential for widespread application; early language development; implementation of innovative autism programs; design of environments to promote engagement; and parenting, However, any other research that represents the spirit of Todd’s innovation will be considered.

Fellowships, Assistantships, and Other Funding Opportunities


Graduate School Guidelines on Research and Teaching Assistantships

The latest information about Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) may be found at the Provost's Office where you will find eligibility requirements, information about tuition assistance, and general guidelines.

Graduate School Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

The graduate school offers a number of different fellowships to attract particularly strong applicants. A Dissertation Fellowship may be applied for after students have successfully proposed their dissertation project. An ethnic minority GTA scholarship is also available. Application and eligibility information for all of these programs may be obtained from Graduate Admissions.

Graduate School Travel Fund

Once during your graduate career, you may receive a $400 award to cover expenses associated with attending and presenting a paper at a professional conference. Be sure to apply early in the year you hope to secure funding. The graduate school has a limited amount of funding; it is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.