Graduate Program


Graduate Program in Religious Studies

Financial Aid

The Graduate Program in Religious Studies offers financial aid at the doctoral level as departmental fellowships. These fellowships include:

  • Tuition grants up to the full amount of tuition and fees for the academic year
  • Stipends up to $16,000 for the academic year
The stipend portion is normally renewable at $16,000.00 for two additional years. Assuming satisfactory progress, a student will then be eligible for a dissertation fellowship of $10,000.00 for the fourth year of the program. There is no departmental aid for students at the master's level. 

A limited number of teaching and research assistantships are occasionally available in SMU's Perkins School of Theology. In addition, there are some restricted scholarships and fellowships for which graduate students in religious studies may be eligible. One such possibility is the Fellowship in Latino/a Christianity and Religions.

Students may also apply for grants and loans for Texas residents, private and federal loans, and employment programs by filing a FAFSA.. Additional information on financial aid for graduate students is available from the SMU Office of Financial Aid.

To apply for a departmental fellowship:

  • US citizens and permanent residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request that the results be reported to SMU (Title IV Code #003613).
  • Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents should complete a departmental fellowship application form in lieu of the FAFSA.

Departmental aid awards are offered at the same time as admissions decisions are made. The FAFSA may be filed online at beginning January 1 and should be filed by applicants no later than February 15.

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