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Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, Assistantships, and Awards

Saint Louis University’s Office of Graduate Education has multiple scholarship, fellowship and assistantship opportunities for new and returning graduate education students.

You can also find external funding opportunities via Handshake, SLU's career and job database.

Student Financial Services

Scholarship and Awards

Donald G. Brennan Scholarship Fund

The Donald G. Brennan Scholarship is a $2,000 award that can be used for Saint Louis University fees and the cost of attendance, including student fees, books, housing and transportation.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in any SLU post-baccalaureate program 
  • Be a first-generation college student.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and social justice.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.5.

This scholarship is renewable upon reapplication and selection. You must maintain a GPA of 3.5 during your graduate program to apply for renewal.

Applications open on Tuesday, March 1, 2022,  and will close on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply for this award, go into Scholarship Suite in your mySLU tools and fill out the general application required questions. The award should then be posted in your recommended list with an "Apply" button.

If there are any issues submitting the application, please email Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at felicia.echols@slu.edu.

The scholarship was established by Martha K. Brennan, family, colleagues and friends to honor Donald G. Brennan, Ph.D., SLU alumnus, beloved educator, dean, friend and family man. Brennan championed diversity and social justice and exemplified his commitment to SLU’s Jesuit, Catholic mission as former associate provost for research, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of speech, language & hearing sciences. 

Cathy Golden Scholarship Award

The Cathy Golden Scholarship is a $2,500 award that also includes six hours of tuition scholarship.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be enrolled in one of the following programs: educational studies, speech, language & hearing sciences, physical therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy program), occupational therapy, or social work (applied behavioral analysis).
  • Express a vocation and train to work with children or adults with intellectual or physical disabilities, individuals with autism, or elderly adults.
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or equivalent for an incoming graduate student or 3.25 cumulative GPA or equivalent for a returning graduate student.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Students may receive the award more than once. Applications open on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, and will close on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply for this award, go into Scholarship Suite in your mySLU tools and fill out the general application required questions. The award should then be posted in your recommended list with an "Apply" button.

If there are any issues submitting the application, please email Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at felicia.echols@slu.edu.

The award was established by Mary Pat Golden (Law '88) in memory of and in honor of her sister, Cathy, who was severely mentally handicapped. The fund provides a financial stipend each academic year to a promising graduate student at Saint Louis University whose vocation is to work with handicapped children or adults, individuals with autism or the elderly. 

Edward L. and Rhelda Marbry Morgan, Ph.D. Endowed Book Fund Award

The Morgan Book Fund Award provides a book scholarship to graduate students at SLU for one academic year.

The fund benefits full-time master’s degree students studying American studies, biological sciences, communication, speech, language & hearing sciences, community health, English, health management and policy, mathematics, philosophy, physiological sciences, psychology, public health studies or theological studies.

Students will not be eligible if they have received the Morgan Book Fund Award in the past.

To apply for this award, go into Scholarship Suite in your mySLU tools and fill out the general application required questions. The award should then be posted in your recommended list with an "Apply" button.

Applications open on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, and will close on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

If there are any issues submitting the application, please email Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at felicia.echols@slu.edu

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Support Grant

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides financial support for graduate students whose academic progress has been or will be adversely affected by recent and ongoing extraordinary and extenuating circumstances. The GSA recognizes that over the past few years, health, civic, and financial crises (among many other situations) have created challenges above and beyond the norm for many graduate students. These circumstances have created barriers for many students’ academic progress (toward research, writing, or other degrees and qualifications), such as postponed studies, canceled archival trips, loss of assistantship funding to caregiving, or financial responsibilities. 

The GSA is offering grants of $3,000 to assist students in making progress toward their research and/or degrees. The grants will be awarded on need based on a demonstration of recent or impending jeopardy in their research and/or degree. Grant awards will not have usage restrictions or requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

● Be a current SLU student, part- or full-time

● Be a graduate student, Master’s, or PhD

● Be a student in a program that is both a contributor to the GSA and in good standing with the GSA as of the Spring 2021 semester*

● Not be receiving a graduate assistantship or fellowship from SLU for the 2021-2022 academic year

*Reference the GSA Constitution and Bylaws for additional information on departmental membership and good standing. For questions regarding department status and standing, please contact gsa@slu.edu.

Applications open on Saturday, January 1, 2022, and will close on Monday, January 31, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply for this award, go into Scholarship Suite in your mySLU tools and fill out the general application required questions. The award should then be posted in your recommended list with an "Apply" button.

If there are any issues with applying, please email Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at felicia.echols@slu.edu.

Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)

Welcome to Saint Louis University’s Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education! The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and master’s students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. In addition, the competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

History
The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008, with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010, the 3MT competition was promoted in Australian and New Zealand universities, and a multinational event was developed, with an Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition being held at UQ in 2010. Since 2011, the concept of cultivating students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills have increased, and 3MT competitions are now held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.

Eligibility
Currently enrolled Ph.D., Professional Doctorate (Research), and master’s candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the presentation date are eligible to participate in the 3MT competition.

Rules

  • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. Slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any description of the slide content is prohibited.
  • The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., notecards, scripts, pointers, costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes (3:00) maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations should be executed from a stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter begins through movement or speech.
  • Submissions will be judged on comprehension, content, engagement, and communication. The decision of the judging panel is final.

Award
The following awards will be given for the doctorate and master’s categories:

  • 1st Place: $750*
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd Place: $250

*First place winners will have an opportunity to complete in the regional competition representing Saint Louis University.

Applications will open on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, and close on Monday, January 31, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please click on the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) Application link to apply https://form.jotform.com/212424857759164

If you have questions, please contact Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator – Graduate Education at felicia.echols@slu.edu .

Fellowships 

Dissertation Fellowships

The Saint Louis University Dissertation Fellowship is competitively awarded to Saint Louis University Ph.D. candidates whose work, during their time at Saint Louis University, 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 Ph.D. mentor.

Each 11-month fellowship award carries a stipend of $26,000, 12 hours of tuition scholarship depending on the number of dissertation hours needed to reach the required 12, and health insurance. Summer attendance is mandatory. No other fellowship, traineeship, assistantship, similar appointment, or employment at the University or outside may be held concurrently with this fellowship.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Have passed your doctoral oral exams and advanced to candidacy.
  • Be nominated by the department.
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and a proposed dissertation that will significantly extend the body of knowledge within your discipline.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed their prospectus the prior spring, summer or fall.

Submissions will only be accepted from the department. Please contact your department to complete the Dissertation Fellowship Application Packet. Department nominations are due by Friday, December 17, 2021, at 11:59 pm CT.

Download the Dissertation Fellowship Application Packet.

Diversity Fellowships

The Saint Louis University Diversity Fellowships are awarded to newly accepted master’s or doctoral students, or to students in the first year of a program, who have a history of outstanding academic achievement, who espouse a commitment to diversity in their discipline, and whose research trajectory and professional goals have the potential for impact in their field.

Each 11-month fellowship award carries a $26,000 stipend, 18 hours of tuition scholarship during the regular academic year and three hours during the summer session and health insurance for 11 months. Summer attendance is mandatory.  No other fellowship, traineeship, assistantship, similar appointment, or employment at the University or outside may be held concurrently with this fellowship. 

The award is for the maximum of two years for a master's degree recipient and four years for a doctoral degree recipient.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or DACA recipient.
  • Be accepted as a classified (degree-seeking) graduate student at Saint Louis University.
  • Be a new master's or doctoral student (an applicant may have been enrolled for no more than one semester previously in the degree program).

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement to date
    As evidenced in success in previous degrees and current programs (if applicable) as well as faculty observations about student work
  • Commitment to Promoting Diversity in the Discipline
    As evidenced in diversity-related work in the discipline, potential to provide leadership for diversity in the discipline, or other factors identified by the department that contribute to the discipline’s goal of diversity
  • Future Scholarly Impact for the Field
    As evidenced in clear and specialized goals that suggest a promising research trajectory that will have potential impact in the field

Any student who wishes to be considered for Saint Louis University’s Diversity or Presidential graduate fellowships must submit an essay with their application for the fellowship. Instructions for the content of this essay are outlined in the application link.

Applications will open on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, and close on Friday, January 14, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please click on the Diversity Fellowship Application link to apply: https://form.jotform.com/213050485354148

If you have questions, please contact Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator – Graduate Education at felicia.echols@slu.edu .

Presidential Fellowships

The Saint Louis University Presidential Fellowships are awarded to newly accepted master’s or doctoral students, or to students in the first year of a program, who have a history of outstanding academic achievement, who demonstrate potential to contribute to the University mission, and whose research trajectory and professional goals have the potential for impact in their field.

Each 11-month fellowship award carries a $26,000 stipend, 18 hours of tuition scholarship during the regular academic year and three hours during the summer session, and health insurance. Summer attendance is mandatory.  No other fellowship, traineeship, assistantship, similar appointment, or employment at the University or outside may be held concurrently with this fellowship. 

The award is for the maximum of two years for a master's degree recipient and four years for a doctoral degree recipient.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be accepted as a classified (degree-seeking) graduate student at Saint Louis University.
  • Be a new master's or doctoral student (an applicant may have been enrolled for no more than one semester previously in the degree program).

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement to date
    As evidenced in success in previous degrees and current programs (if applicable) as well as faculty observations about student work
  • Potential to Contribute to the University Mission 
    As evidenced in candidate's articulation of a connection to the mission, mission-related work, and/or work congruent with the mission
  • Future Scholarly Impact for the Field 
    As evidenced in clear and specialized goals that suggest a promising research trajectory that will have potential impact in the field

Any student who wishes to be considered for Saint Louis University’s Diversity or Presidential graduate fellowships must submit an essay with their application for the fellowship. Instructions for the content of this essay are outlined in the application link.

Applications will open on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, and close on Friday, January 14, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please click on the Diversity Fellowship Application link to apply: https://form.jotform.com/213050485354148

If you have questions, please contact Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator – Graduate Education at felicia.echols@slu.edu .

For more information about any of the fellowships offered through the Office of Graduate Education, contact Felicia C. Echols, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at felicia.echols@slu.edu.

Graduate Assistantships

Saint Louis University offers three categories of graduate assistantships. They may be dependent upon the degree level, the field of study and the length of the appointment.

These awards typically include tuition scholarships during the nine-month academic year. Recipients also receive a stipend, health insurance, and extended library privileges. Assistants spend no more than 20 hours per week performing assistantship duties.

The majority of graduate assistantships are awarded by the department or program to which you have been admitted. If you checked the appropriate box on your application and have been accepted as a classified degree-seeking student, contact your department to inquire if an additional application and/or interview is needed.

February 1 is the recommended deadline for most departmental assistantship applications. Additional assistantships are available across the Saint Louis University campus. Interested students should apply directly to the administrative office or center.

The types of assistantships available include:

Graduate Assistant

Performs duties that are not primarily teaching or research. These may include clinical or administrative responsibilities that are inherently related to your educational and career objectives.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

May work with students in small groups, lead group discussions, monitor examinations and grade papers, help prepare lectures, conduct laboratory sessions, or even be responsible for a course as the primary instructor. Under the close supervision of the faculty, the teaching assistant concurrently develops teaching skills and a deeper understanding of the discipline.

Graduate Research Assistant

May be appointed in a department with funding from within the school or by the principal investigator of an externally funded research project. In either case, the student is assigned a range of duties such as library searches, field work, laboratory experiences, and preparation of research proposals and grants, gaining professional skills in research that complement their graduate education.

Funding Opportunities 

Employer Job Description Date Uploaded
SLU Reinert Center Graduate Assistantship (Deadline March) March 2020
AAUW American Fellowships (Applications open between Aug. 1 to Nov. 1) Dec. 2015
NAGAP Graduate Student Enrollment Management Research Grant Dec. 2015
Students can also find external funding opportunities at the Career Services website via Handshake, SLU's career and job database.

Students can also find external funding opportunities at the Career Services website via Handshake, SLU's career and job database.