The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction is pleased to offer two
scholarships for SF studies at the University of Kansas:
Donate! If you
would like to donate to support SF studies at KU - either to honor a loved one or just to
help students in need - please contact us, and we'll be more than happy to work
with you! Please send Gunn Center Director Chris McKitterick a note at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We use
KU Endowment accounts
to ensure that all donations are secure and are used entirely and exclusively for
the designated purpose.
Scholarship in Science Fiction Studies
This student award is a substantial
scholarship for studying or writing science fiction at the University of Kansas, and has been
granted since 2009. Funding comes courtesy of a University of Kansas alum friendly to the
Gunn Center and the English Department
regularly provides a sizable scholarship for 1-2
undergraduate or graduate students to study science fiction or the writing of science fiction
at KU. Preference is given to Kansans, but everyone studying SF at the
University of Kansas is eligible.
The deadline to turn in Phase 1 application materials to the
KU English Department
is early March.
If the Scholarship
is not granted during the Phase 1 application period, we continue to consider applicants until the start of
the Fall semester (late August each year). New students hoping to receive
the scholarship for Fall semester must submit directly to Chris McKitterick at
The Award consists of a monetary award plus a tuition reduction toward the
Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop if you also
successfully apply for the workshop and are invited to join.
The Scholarship in Science Fiction Studies consists of:
- A monetary award sufficient to cover the
cost of up to several SF-related courses or other appropriate educational expenses for a given year. Specify in
your application letter how you hope to use the funds.
- A tuition reduction of $200 toward the summer Speculative Fiction Writer's Workshop, if you successfully apply for the workshop
and are invited to join.
This must be used within 18 months of the applicant winning the Scholarship in
Science Fiction Studies.
- Your name posted here!
The first-deadline recipient is announced during the English Department
Awards Ceremony in May. The August-deadline recipient is announced in September. Below are the SF Scholarship
winners to date.
To apply for the Scholarship in Science Fiction Studies, submit the following
to the University of Kansas English Department
by the deadline:
Your name, address, resident status, graduate or
undergraduate status, and major (and any minor) fields of study.
A short essay (500 - 2500 words) about how you would use and benefit from a
scholarship in the study of or writing
of science fiction (or both). How could this scholarship help you do things
you couldn't otherwise afford? Specify dollar amounts, as this helps us
determine the amount of the award.
You can find submission instructions on the
KU English Department website. For more details, or to apply after the March
deadline for regular-semester use, contact Chris McKitterick at
There are two submission deadlines:
- The first deadline is early March, and applications go through
the KU English Department. See the
KU English Department website for details.
- The second deadline - if funds remain - for incoming KU students is
prior to the start of classes (end of August),
especially for new, incoming students. For questions or to submit for
August consideration, contact
Chris McKitterick at
- This is a scholarship to study or write speculative fiction.
For some definitions of SF, see our
our definitions page. Also read
James Gunn's essay on the Protocols of Science
Fiction for more insight.
- We may award one or two deserving students per year, depending on
qualifications, needs, and funding availability.
- All current or incoming KU students - traditional or non-traditional - are
eligible to apply.
- Both Kansas residents and non-residents are eligible, though preference goes to Kansas residents.
- You may apply each year whether or not you were awarded, but preference goes to new
- Winner is also eligible for the Mark Bourne Speculative Fiction Writing Scholarship,
for use in the Center's summer program, but must apply separately to be
Our first two-time winner, Adam used his scholarship to attend the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando,
where he presented a paper titled "The Case Study of Cthulhu: Affect, Adaptation, and Illustration in Replicating Lovecraft's Monsters,"
and to help support his speculative-fiction studies and teaching at KU.
Adam used his scholarship to support his speculative-fiction studies at
KU, and to help enable him to work on AboutSF projects over the summer.
Amanda used her scholarship to attend the Science Fiction Institute at KU.
After graduation, Amanda has continued her relationship with the Gunn Center
through running the Lawrence Science Fiction Club, co-chairing the 2016
World Science Fiction academic-track programming committee, and more.
Justin used his scholarship to help him afford several courses in SF
literature and writing at KU. He just defended his MFA thesis - with honors!
In addition to helping pay for studying SF at KU, Isaac used his
scholarship to help launch
James Gunn's Ad Astra
journal. After graduation, Isaac has continued his relationship with the
Gunn Center through continued involvement with AboutSF, Ad Astra,
and in many other ways.
Ben used his scholarship to cover not just the
Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop, but also the
SF/F/H Novel Writing Workshop, and the
Science Fiction Institute - all in the same
summer! After graduation, Ben has continued his relationship with the Gunn
Center through ongoing work with AboutSF, as guest author/academic in the
Intensive Institute in SF Studies, and in many other ways.
Melissa used her scholarship to help cover financial needs at KU and also
to purchase hardware and software to enable her to get started on her
(now-flourishing!) career in book design. Check out her website:
Happy Goth Productions.