St. Edward's offers a Summer Academic Excellence Award to support academic research and travel as it relates to your major field of study, and a Student Conference Fund to help with major-related conference participation.

The Student Conference Fund

The Student Conference Fund offers support to students incurring expenses while traveling to professional meetings and conferences. Students of all majors are eligible for funding. Funds may support registration, travel, hotel and food costs. The typical award ranges between $100 and $500; however, lesser amounts to provide partial funding may be awarded based on the number of applications and other factors.

Students who are actively involved in the proceedings of the conference or meeting they choose to attend will be given preference in the application process and may petition for a higher award if it's necessary to ensure their participation. Active participation includes making oral presentations, presenting posters or participating on a panel. In fine arts fields, active participation may include performance or exhibition of a new composition.

Students who receive funding from the Student Conference Fund must submit an application to present at the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression  (SOURCE), submit a piece for publication to a regional or national journal, or one of the campus journals: Arete, the Sorin Oak Review, jSource.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please submit applications via email to //carolim [at]">Caroline Morris, Director of Fellowships. Requests should be submitted at least three weeks prior to the planned trip. A follow-up report is also required.  Applications will be processed within seven business days.

If you have questions please contact //carolim [at]">Caroline Morris by email or 512-492-3157.

The application form is here.


Summer Academic Excellence Awards

Summer Academic Excellence Awards, which typically range from $1000 to $3500, are awarded annually to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 3.7 GPA or above, enabling them to engage in summer projects. The funds must be used over the summer and can be received either as a tuition credit or as income. Note that we cannot fund St. Edward's coursework or faculty-led study abroad.

This is your chance to think about what experience would most enhance your academic interests and future career goals. You might be an environmental science major who wants to engage in water quality research with a nonprofit, a political science major who wants to travel to an archive to get material for your senior thesis, or an international relations major who needs to study intensive Mandarin in Beijing. There are as many kinds of proposals as there are kinds of student ambitions, but all projects should have a substantive link to your academic interests.  

Applications are available in December and due in February to fund the following summer.

  • Projects that include research related to a thesis or independent study will be given preference.
  • Projects that incorporate the use or study of a foreign language are encouraged.
  • Financial need is a consideration.
  • Students may not receive funding to travel to any country with a U.S. State Department Travel Warning.
  • Awardees must attend a workshop in the spring focused on how to integrate student projects into strong fellowship applications to fund similar experiences after graduation.  
  • Awardees are required to complete at least one post-graduation fellowship application.