Most of our PhD students enter the program funded by foreign governments (or self-funded), or they are funded by the school/department through GTA/GRA lines. Our GTAs and GRAs are given monthly stipends, full-tuition, and other university fees.
We encourage our students to work with their faculty mentors for external awards, grants and fellowships to support their studies. Since 2010, 2 of our students received prestigious international fellowships of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), each receiving $20,000; 2 received the national AIA/AAH Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowships; 2 received King Student Awards from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), an international association of architectural research centers committed to the expansion of the research culture and a supporting infrastructure in architecture and related design disciplines; 1 received the excellent paper award at the Construction and Architecture Information Technology Alliance Building Information Modelling (CITA BIM) in Dublin, Ireland; and 3 received KU summer fellowships. Not to mention, since 2010, our students have won at least 4 times in the KU Graduate Students Research Symposium, and have represented the University 2 times at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit at Topeka, KS. At least 4 of our PhD students were also supported by the industry (architectural firms) through internship programs in the last few years.
In addition, our students had also applied for several other grants and fellowships. Among these are the Eno Center for Transportation Fellowship, the Cameron Rian Hays “Outside the Box” grant of the George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (the student was short-listed), the Schlumberger Foundation the Faculty for the Future Fellowship, the New Investigator Award of the Center for Health Design, and the Hall Center Graduate Summer Research Awards.
Furthermore, our PhD students are also eligible to apply for travel funding from the school and the department to make conference presentations. Since 2010, our students have presented in at least 25 national and international conferences with support from the department, school, and the KU Office of Graduate Studies.