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CREES Awards

For CREES awards, students are nominated by CREES faculty and staff. Award announcements are made in late spring. If you would like to be considered for one or more of these awards, please contact the department at crees@ku.edu. Awards are subject to change based on funding availability.

Jarosewycz Family Scholarship - $3,000 Award!

Interested in Ukrainian? The Jarosewycz Family Fund will help you get started by paying for your first year! KU students are eligible to receive up to $3,000 towards Ukrainian language classes. Any KU student is eligible and all are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to current REES majors and minors, as well as REES M.A. and REES graduate certificate students. No previous knowledge of a foreign language is required. Incoming Freshmen will be given special priority. To receive the award, students must:

  • Enroll in Elementary or Intermediate Ukrainian for a full academic year:
    UKRA 104 & UKRA 108: Beginner Ukrainian I & II
    UKRA 204 & UKRA 208: Intermediate Ukrainian I & II
  • Commit to enrolling in further Ukrainian classes (UKRA 204/208 or more advanced level classes) the year following the award period.

Click HERE to apply.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

Established by CREES donor Peter Jarosewycz, the Jarosewycz Family Scholarship is awarded to REES affiliated students with strong interests in Ukrainian studies.


George C. Jerkovich Award

Established by CREES donor George C. Jerkovich and awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, this award is intended for those who have shown a strong dedication to the study of Southeast Europe and the Former Yugoslavia. Award amount: $1,500 per semester


Palij Family Fund

An annual award given to a REES student who shows a strong dedication to Ukrainian studies. Award amount: $100 of academic books per year


Bramlage and Willcoxon Family Foundation Scholorship

Thanks to a generous gift from the Bramlage and Willcoxon Family Foundation, CREES provides an annual fellowship to a REES graduate student with strong connections to the state of Kansas. Award amount: $4,000 per year


Clowes Russian Language Award   

Thanks to the generosity of Edith W. Clowes, a former CREES Director and now the Brown-Forman Professor of the Humanities at the University of Virginia, and with the support of the Clowes Fund, the Clowes Russian Language Award supports graduate students in REES studying Russian. Award amount: $1750 per year.


Norman E. Saul Travel Award

Named after KU History Emeritus Professor Norman E. Saul, these travel awards support REES graduate and undergraduate students with professional development travel grants for research or to REES-related conferences. Awards are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. While any REES-related KU student is encouraged to apply, REES MA students receive priority status. You may receive multiple awards and you may apply more than once a year. If you would like to be considered for a travel award, please send a request via email (crees@ku.edu) with the following information:

  • Travel dates
  • Location
  • Name of conference
  • Details of your involvement (if presenting a paper, provide the title)
  • Brief statement explaining your involvement with REES (e.g., presenting at Brownbags, participating in conferences/annual events, etc.) and how this trip will benefit you professionally

Requests for travel awards must be received a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your initial travel date. Awards will be based off the following rates: 

  Attend Conference Present at Conference
In-State Rates KUEA Mileage only after the fact. KUEA Mileage only after the fact.
Out-of-State Rates:    

regular locations

$150 $300
high-cost locations* $200 $400
NYC & DC areas $250 $500
International Rates N/A $500-$700
*For a list of High Cost locations


Financial Aid

Need financial assistance? The KU Office of Student Financial Aid is dedicated to helping you find ways to afford your preferred program.

Office of Student Financial Aid
50 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS66045-7535
Phone: (785) 864-4700
Email: osfa@ku.edu

All CREES graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid - deadline March 1st.


Work at KU

Off-Campus Employment

Off Campus Student Jobs are federally subsidized by the job location and development (JLD) program sponsored by the University Career Center (UCC) and the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships that locates and develops off-campus job opportunities in Lawrence, Topeka and the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. UCC's goal is to assist University of Kansas students in obtaining off-campus jobs (full or part-time, seasonal, or temporary positions) while they are attending KU, thereby enhancing student success. All off campus student jobs are posted in KU Career Connections.

On-Campus Employment

KU is a large research institution that offers a broad range of employment opportunities -- full and part-time jobs range from facilities and operations to research assistantships and outreach. KU has five campuses and several satellite locations throughout the state, nationally and across the globe.  Each campus focuses upon the delivery of exceptional service, education, and research excellence for our students, faculty, staff, patients, off-campus collaborators.  As a result, KU strives to recruit, develop, retain and reward a dynamic workforce that shares our mission and core strategic values in research, teaching and service. Find out more on the KU Careers website.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Prospective MA students who meet the requisite qualifications can apply for Graduate Teaching Assistantships in different departments. The Humanities and Western Civilization Program hires graduate students from a variety of disciplines to teach the two-semester Western Civilization course required of all undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applications for GTA positions in Western Civilization are typically due by February 12. To receive an application for an assistantship in Western Civilization, contact:

Humanities and Western Civilization Program
308 Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-2178
Phone: (785) 864- 3011
Email: hwc@ku.edu

REES MA students with advanced language skills also have taught sections of introductory Russian in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Applications for these positions are accepted in February. For more information, contact:

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
2134 Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7590
Phone: (785) 864-3313
Email: slavic@ku.edu


Fellowship Opportunities

Fulbright Grants

Consider applying for a Fulbright grant to teach or conduct research in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia. More information can be found here

or visit the Fulbright website: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedregion/21

KU Graduate School Fellowships

Qualified REES students are also eligible to be nominated for awards offered through the KU Graduate School. For more information about these awards, contact the KU Graduate School. Please remember that students must be nominated for these awards.

Honors/First Year Fellowships

These competitive awards provide a full tuition waiver as well as a $14,000 stipend for the first year of graduate study. The awards are not renewable. The REES program will nominate a student to the Graduate School if the strength of that student's record merits consideration.

Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation

The REES program may also nominate two continuing students for awards offered through the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation: The Jerry Smith Scholarship for International Studies and the Eddie Jacobsen Memorial Foundation Scholarship. These two awards of $1,000 are for one year and are non-renewable. Applicants must pursue courses of study in international relations and diplomacy and demonstrate potential for a career in international service.

Local Fellowships

Henry J. Talge Memorial Scholarship

Students from the Kansas City metropolitan area are eligible for the Henry J. Talge Memorial Scholarship, which is offered through the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation. Students entering the junior or senior year of undergraduate study or the first year of graduate study who are focusing on international studies (including REES) are eligible for this award of $5,000. Applicants must have their permanent address in the five-county Kansas City metro area (Jackson, Platte, Clay, Johnson, and Wyandotte counties). For more information, contact the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation.

Fellowships for International Students

Information about financial aid for international students is available from the International Education Financial Aid Database. The web site of the Association of International Educators also offers information on funding for international students.

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships funds full-time study in a degree program. The application deadline for this award is in December. For more information, contact:

American Association of University Women
1111 Sixteenth St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 1-800-326-AAUW
Email: info@aauw.org

PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund

The PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund offers scholarships of $6,000 for women planning to study as international students at American universities. You must request an application from the PEO Sisterhood before August 15. For information about the scholarship, contact:

PEO International
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 255-3153
Email: info@aauw.org


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