Graduate Student Funding

Graduate Student Funding

University Ph.D. Fellowships

 SMU is proud to offer University Ph.D. Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. and Ph.D.-equivalent graduate student candidates. This fellowship provides funding above the amount typically available to students through their department, and is renewable for a total of five years of support, contingent upon acceptable progress towards the degree.

All students who apply to SMU by the priority deadline are eligible for the University Ph.D. Fellowship. Each department may nominate a limited number of candidates, and the nominees are reviewed by the SMU University Research Council, a committee of faculty members drawn from disciplines across SMU.

Meet the Ph.D. Fellows

Mustang Fellowships

In Fall 2019 SMU will be launching the new Mustang Fellowship, which will provide tuition waivers, health insurance, and stipends of $30,000 for up to five years for Ph.D. students who are US citizens or permanent residents and identify as diverse in their disciplines.  Ph.D. program applicants will be invited to submit themselves for consideration for this fellowship through a brief essay in their application, explaining why their educational, cultural, geographic, or familial background will contribute to graduate program diversity at SMU.  Departments will then nominate candidates for the Mustang Fellowship as part of their application review process in the Spring.  

Graduate Student Travel Grants

Graduate students are eligible to receive up to $750 in reimbursement for travel expenses to attend a conference to present an accepted paper or poster. Applications are accepted year-round, but only one grant per student per academic year may be awarded. The proposals must be sponsored by the department chair and the graduate advisor. Note that travel grants cannot be awarded retroactively; proposals must be submitted before travel.

Travel Grant Application

Graduate Student Assembly Funding

The Graduate Student Assembly provides funding for graduate students in each department in Dedman College.  Funding may be used to cover thesis- and dissertation-related expenses, such as presenting a paper or poster at a convention or conference, or other graduate activities, namely attending conferences and purchasing membership in professional organizations and journals.  Applications may be submitted any time before the funding is necessary, or within 30 days of the activity for which funds are used (conferences, conventions, etc.).

GSA Funding Procedure

Outside Funding

In addition to funding offered by Southern Methodist University, there are a number of grants and awards that are available to students pursuing graduate study. You can find a lengthy list of student scholarships and fellowships available through the SMU Office of National Fellowships and Awards.

External Fellowship Opportunities