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Special Opportunities



There are a number of special opportunities available through DTS, SLU, and beyond that can
enhance the experience of PhD students.

1. LANGUAGE READING GROUPS

Language Reading Groups meet informally upon availability of faculty throughout the semester
to encourage development and retention of language skills. These groups are usually led by
faculty and tend to focus on the reading and translation of primary texts in languages other than
English.

2. BROWN BAG LUNCHES

On Tuesdays during the academic year, DTS hosts brown-bag lunches for all graduate students
and faculty in the department. Brown-bag lunches provide opportunities for faculty or graduate
students to present ongoing work or to discuss some aspect of the profession. These lunches
are intended to foster community in the department and to contribute to the formation of DTS
graduate students as scholars. 

3. MONTHLY WORKSHOPS

Each year the Graduate Studies Committee will run a number of workshops on various aspects
of the profession (i.e., writing a cover letter, conducting mock interviews). Students are expected
to attend these events.

4. JESUIT LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Jesuit Community at SLU has made available funds (up to $3000) for doctoral students in
Historical Theology to be used for language immersion programs. Students who have already
demonstrated competency in one foreign language may apply for these funds. Upon
completion of a language immersion program, students must submit a brief written report to the
chair of the department. Interested students should request an application from the departmental
secretary early in the spring semester prior to the summer in which they intend to use the funds.

5. GRADUATE STUDENT ACTION COMMITTEE

The DTS-SAC is a committee of four graduate students in Historical Theology in service to all
the graduate students in the department. The goal of the DTS-SAC is to enhance the graduate
student experience within the department. To find out more about DTS-SAC see
https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/dtssac/.

6. GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION

The GSA represents all full-time and part-time students enrolled in the Graduate School. The GSA
sponsors the annual Graduate Student Research Symposium and assists with funding for travel
to academic conferences. One student from DTS serves as the representative of the department
to the GSA and acts as a liaison between DTS graduate students and the other graduate students
in the university. To find out more about the GSA, see https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/graduate-
student-association/
.

7. CENTER FOR MEDIEVAL AND RENNAISSANCE STUDIES

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies supports, coordinates, and
promotes the extraordinary array of scholars, students, and resources devoted
to medieval and early modern research at Saint Louis University. One of the
largest in America, the Center is home to more than sixty full-time faculty
members. By supporting students, conferences, speakers, fellowships, library
acquisitions, and professorships the Center enriches the intellectual
environment for medievalists and early modernists on campus and around the
world. To find out more about the CMRS, see http://www.slu.edu/center-for-
medieval-and- renaissance-studies- home
.

8. REINERT CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning offers a Certificate
in University Teaching Skills that enables doctoral students to strengthen their
pedagogical skills.  All students are encouraged to enroll by their fourth year in
the program. To find out more about the Reinert Center for Transformative
Teaching and Learning, see http://www.slu.edu/cttl.

9. DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP

The Saint Louis University Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to competitive
PhD candidates whose work demonstrates outstanding academic achievement
and whose dissertation will significantly extend the body of knowledge within
their discipline. Students interested in being nominated should contact their
department or PhD Mentor. For eligibility requirements, deadlines, and
application, see http://www.slu.edu/graduate-education/dissertation-
fellowships
.

10. GSA CONFERENCE AWARD
Graduate students are eligible to apply for awards given by the GSA to fund
conference presentations and attendance. For eligibility requirements,
deadlines, and application see http://gsa.slu.edu/awards/conference-awards.

11. FUNDING DATABASE

DTS maintains a catalog of internal and external grants and funding
opportunities available to graduate students. See http://www.slu.edu/Documents
/arts_sciences/theology/FundingDissertationResearch.pdf
.


12. MISCELLANEOUS

In addition to the above, the Department has available to it limited funds to
offset the cost of tuition and to cover other student initiatives. These funding
opportunities are routinely communicated to students at the end of each spring
semester.

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