St. Edward's has a Student Conference Fund available to help with major-related conference participation, and offers the Summer Academic Excellence Award to support academic research and travel as it relates to your major field of study. We can also help you sort through and apply for various Summer Research Opportunites.

The Student Conference Fund

The Student Conference Fund offers support to students of all majors who travel to professional meetings and conferences. Funds may support registration, travel, hotel and food costs. The typical award ranges between $100 and $500.

Students who are actively involved in the conference proceedings  will be given preference  and may petition for a higher award if it's necessary to ensure their participation. Active participation includes activites such as making oral presentations, designing posters, participating on a panel, or performing/exhibiting a new 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), or submit a piece for publication to a regional, national, or campus jourmal (Arete, the Sorin Oak Review, jSource).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please submit applications via email to Caroline Morris, the 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.

The application form is here.

Summer Academic Excellence Awards

Summer Academic Excellence (SAE) 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. 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. 

  • 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 spring workshop that focuses on how to integrate student projects into strong post-graduate fellowship applications.  
  • Awardees are required to complete at least one post-graduation fellowship application.

The SAE application is here and a sample proposal is here. Applications are available in December and due in February to fund the following summer.