Emerging Scholars

Being an Emerging Scholar

As an Emerging Scholar, you are paid an hourly wage to assist a professor with a research or creative project. You will also participate in monthly professional development sessions throughout the year. The program is open to first-year students (freshman or transfer students) who accept a Federal Work-Study (FWS) Award.


Emerging Scholars | Center for Undergraduate Research (ku.edu)

Contact Person:

Dawn Tallchief, Ph.D, Assistant Director for Student Programs

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Incoming student (Freshmen or Transfer)
  • Accept a Federal Work-Study (FWS) Award

Why this Program?

  • Get paid to learn: Your work study job will directly benefit your education. You'll have a chance to learn more about an area of interest. This experience may help you make a decision about a major and will expose you to a variety of opportunities on campus.
  • Connect with a professor: Getting to know a professor well during your freshman year gives you many advantages.
  • Meet other students doing research: You'll take part in paid professional development sessions at least once per month. During these sessions you'll have a chance to get to know other Emerging Scholars and Center for Undergraduate Research staff.

Application Window for Fall 2022:

May 1, 2022-July 1, 2022 (Priority deadline June 1)