Graduate Student Funding

Graduate Student Funding

University Ph.D. Fellowships

2016 PhD Fellows

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 tostudents through their department, and is renewable for a total of four 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

Dean's Fellowship

Outstanding applicants to the doctoral programs in Dedman College are eligible to receive a Dean's Fellowship in addition to their departmental funding.  The Dean's Fellowship provides a stipend of $5,000 per year for up to five years, contingent up on acceptable progress towards the degree.  All students who apply to Dedman College Ph.D. programs by the priority deadlines are eligible for the Dean's Fellowship.  Each department may nominate their outstanding applicants, and the nominees are reviewed by the SMU Faculty Council, which will recommend awardees to the Dean and Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs. 


Graduate Student Travel Grants

Graduate students are eligible to receive up to $500 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.

For ease of review, you can find summaries of the available fellowships arranged by field of study at this link (SMU ID required). 

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