Brennan Summer Fellowship Awards

The purpose of the Brennan Fellowship Awards is to provide students with summer supplementary support. There are two types of awards: Exam Preparation Awards and Master’s Thesis / Doctoral Dissertation Awards. All awards will require the listing of any and all alternative sources of funding, which will be taken into consideration by the GSA Awards Committee. Falsification of or failure to disclose this information will result in revocation of this award. Each type of award may be received only one time during a student's academic career at Saint Louis University. Eligibility for funding requires that you must not have previously received either type of Brennan Summer Fellowship Award, which will be verified with the Office of Student Financial Services (i.e., recipients of the Exam Preparation Award are not eligible for the Thesis or Dissertation Research Award in subsequent years). Applications will open on February 1, 2019, and are due no later than March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility information for all fellowship awards:

Exam Preparation

Amount: $500 Award

Number given: Up to 4 per year (2 awards to MA/PhD students in health sciences programs who are taking professional / certification exams; 2 awards to MA/PhD students taking comprehensive / qualifying exams)

To receive the exam preparation award, the graduate student must have completed the coursework for a degree at the time of application and be scheduled to take all written and oral comprehensive exams by December 1, 2019. If exam date requirement is not met, the application will be rejected. The applicant must provide verification from the department chair stating that the student is in the process of preparing for exams and that all prerequisite conditions have been met. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests for this exception should be addressed to GSA Brennan Awards Chairs (gsa.brennan@slu.edu) NO LATER THAN February 22, 2019.

Note: At the GSA Meeting on 01/28/2019, a motion was passed, which changed the process such that the application period for Exam Preparation Awards will apply for the following summer, fall, and spring terms--with the exception that this current application period applies to exams being taken in Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020.

Applicants must demonstrate how the award would facilitate their comprehensive exam preparation in a manner that could not be met through another funding source, such as employment or an existing scholarship, fellowship, or assistantship. Additionally, applicants will be asked to describe the comprehensive exam process in their respective departments.


Master's Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation

Amount: $1000 for master's thesis; $2000 for dissertation

Number given: Up to 7 per year

Dissertation and Thesis Awards are given to graduate students who are conducting research for their masters' theses or doctoral dissertations. To receive this award, the applicant must have advanced to candidacy and completed all degree prerequisites prior to the application deadline. The applicant must provide verification from the department chair stating that the student has passed all comprehensive exams and that the thesis or dissertation committee has approved the thesis or dissertation proposal. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests for this exception should be addressed to GSA Brennan Awards Chairs (gsa.brennan@slu.edu) NO LATER THAN February 22, 2019.

The monetary award is to cover research and writing expenses for the summer months (May - August) of the application year only. Applicants must demonstrate how the award would facilitate their projects in a manner that could not be met through another funding source, such as a scholarship, existing fellowship, or assistantship. The clarity of research goals, as well as the intellectual merit and broader impact of the project, will be considered by an interdisciplinary Awards Committee. This is not an award intended for those who are still formulating their research proposals, but rather for those in the midst of their research.

To complete the 2019 GSA Brennan Fellowship Master's Thesis or Dissertation OR Exam Preparation Award application, follow these instructions:

1. Complete the appropriate application, both of which require a signature from your department chair certifying either that: 

  • You have completed the coursework for your degree and are scheduled to take all written and oral comprehensive exams by December 1, 2019 (Exam Preparation Award); or 
  • You have advanced to candidacy and completed all degree prerequisites prior to the application deadline (thesis/dissertation award). This additional document must be uploaded as part of the application.
  • The Exam Preparation Award application may be found HERE.
  • The Thesis / Dissertation Research Award application may be found HERE.
  • Be sure to download each file by going to File > Download As > Microsoft Word (.docx).

2. Upload the application as a PDF document to this Google formIf you are having trouble accessing the form, log into MySLU first, click on Tools, click on Google Drive, then come back to this page and click on our link.

For more information, please call or email the GSA office at 977-2234 or gsa.brennan@slu.edu.


Past Brennan Award Recipients

2018 Brennan Summer Fellowship Awards

Exam Preparation
Blanca Santonja Gonzalez
Nicholas Lewis

Thesis/Dissertation Research
Heather Schier
Charles Kim
Isaac Arten
Joshua Schendel
Cornelia Fanter
Nickolas Steinauer

2017 Brennan Summer Fellowship Awards

Exam Preparation
Anne Farina
Cicely Hunter

Thesis/Dissertation Research
Sara McMullin
Katherine Hixon
Everett Fulmer
Bryan Winston
Karen Smyth
Maimaiti Maimaitiyiming