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. See here for instructions and here for the Brennan awards application coversheet.  Applications are due no later than February 15, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Exam Preparation
Amount: $500 Award
Number given: Up to 2 per year

To receive the exam preparation award, the graduate student must have completed the coursework for degree and be scheduled to take all written and oral comprehensive exams by October 21, 2013. 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 Graduate Assistant (gsa@slu.edu) by February 1, 2014.

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. The clarity of research goals, as well as the intellectual merit and broader impact of the project, if applicable, will be considered by an interdisciplinary Awards Committee. 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 Graduate Assistant (gsa@slu.edu) by February 15, 2014.

The monetary award is to cover research and writing expenses for the summer months (May - August) of this year only. Applicants must demonstrate how the award would facilitate their summer project 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.

Recognition Awards

The purpose of the GSA recognition awards is to honor those students who have gone above and beyond in the fields of teaching and service, as well as a faculty member who excels in mentoring graduate students. The following awards will be distributed at each College or School's Pre-Commencement Ceremony. See here for instructions.

Graduate Teaching Award
This award is intended for a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, either as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or as the primary instructor of a course. Students or professors who have observed the instructor in the teaching sector may make nominations. Nominators will be asked to provide a typed letter indicating how the nominee has performed above others in the classroom.

Service Award
This award is intended for a graduate student who has demonstrated a high level of service to their department and/or the university community. Nominators will be asked to provide a typed letter describing the nominee's commitment to the university.

Mentorship Award
This award is intended for a professor who has inspired students and enhanced students' graduate education. Nominators will be asked to provide a typed letter indicating the ways in which the nominee has improved students' graduate careers.

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

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