Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships

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.

Application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education via email to angela.rellergert@slu.edu by Friday, June 30 (Ddeadline has been extended). You must include:

  • A completed Donald G. Brennan Scholarship application form
  • A statement on how you champion for diversity and social justice
  • Transcripts showing GPA
  • A letter of recommendation detailing your commitment to diversity and social justice

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 communication sciences and disorders.

 

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, communication sciences and disorders, physical therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy program), occupational therapy, or social work (applied behavioral analysis).
  • Express a vocation and train to work with mentally or physically handicapped children or adults, 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. Application materials should be submitted by your  faculty adviser to the Office of Graduate Education via e-mail to angela.rellergert@slu.edu by Friday, April 13. The application materials should include:

  • A completed Cathy Golden Scholarship application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement regarding your career plans that relate to the interests of the Golden family, as outlined above
  • Proof of financial need (This can be supplied by the Office of Student Financial Services)
  • A form signed by a faculty member verifying your GPA

The winner is selected by a faculty and student committee. All applicants are notified within one week of the submission deadline.

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.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a SLU senior studying education or English, or a full-time graduate student pursuing a degree in American studies; biological sciences; communication; communication sciences and disorders; educational studies; English; health management and policy; mathematics and math computer sciences; physiological sciences; philosophy; psychology; public health studies; or theological studies.
  • Not have received the Morgan Book Fund Award in the past

Application materials should be submitted to angela.rellergert@slu.edu by Friday, Nov. 17. The application materials should include:

  • A completed Morgan Book Fund application form
  • A 700-750-word essay articulating the type of person you think Rhelda Morgan was, followed by an explanation your commitment to her ideals and values, as indicated in her biography
  • A résumé reflecting your leadership in promoting diversity and service in economically depressed areas

 

Fellowships 

Dissertation Fellowship

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 monthly stipend, up to 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.

The award is for the maximum of one year. Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed their prospectus the prior spring, summer or fall. Department nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 1. Please check with your Department if they have an earlier deadline for student applications.

Download the Dissertation Fellowship Application Packet.

Diversity Fellowships

Diversity Fellowships are awarded to newly accepted master's or doctoral students, or to students in the first year of a program, who demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement and potential for success in graduate studies at SLU. Students are nominated by their program. Each program may nominate one student. Students interested in being nominated should contact their department of interest.

Each 11-month fellowship award carries a monthly stipend, 18 hours of tuition scholarship during the regular academic year, three hours during the summer session and health insurance. Summer attendance is mandatory. For newly admitted students, summer enrollment starts July 2017. For students who have completed one year in a program, summer enrollment begins July 2016.

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 or lawful permanent resident.
  • 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).
  • Be nominated by the department chairperson.

Download the Diversity Fellowship Application Packet. Department nominations are due by Wednesday, Feb. 7. Please check with your Department if they have an earlier deadline for student applications.

Presidential Fellowships

Presidential Fellowships are awarded to newly accepted master's or doctoral level students, or to students in the first year of a program, who demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement and potential for success in graduate studies at SLU. Students are nominated by their programs. Each program may nominate one student. Students interested in being nominated should contact their department of interest.

Each 11-month fellowship award carries a monthly stipend, 18 hours of tuition scholarship during the regular academic year, three hours during the Summer session and health insurance. Summer attendance is mandatory. For newly admitted students, summer enrollment starts July 2017. For student who have completed one year in a program, summer enrollment begins July 2016.

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 or an applicant who has been enrolled for no more than one semester previously in the degree program.
  • Be nominated by the department chairperson.

Download the Presidential Fellowship Application Packet.

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

Department nominations are due by Wednesday, Feb. 7. Please check with your Department if they have an earlier deadline for student applications.

For more information about any of the fellowships offered through the Office of Graduate Education, contact Angela Rellergert, graduate education coordinator, at 314-977-2601 or angela.rellergert@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.

Feb. 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 

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