Graduate Program


Graduate Program in Religious Studies

Financial Aid

Entering PhD students in the GPRS receive:

  • Tuition grants up to the full amount of tuition and fees for each academic year
  • An annual stipend of $16,000 renewable for four years.  

Assuming satisfactory progress, a student will then be eligible for a dissertation fellowship of $10,000.00 for the fifth year of the program.  

Additional competitive awards such as the Dedman Dean’s Fellowship and the University Fellowship are available through the university.  These awards could add anywhere from $5000 to $15,000 to the annual stipend. 

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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