St. Edward's University offers two ways to fund major-related conference participation and academic research. 

The Student Conference Fund

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please submit applications via carolim [at] (email )to Caroline Morris, Director of Fellowships. Requests must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the planned trip. A follow-up report is also required.  Applications are processed within ten business days.

Download the application form.

Summer Academic Excellence Awards

Summer Academic Excellence (SAE) Awards, which typically range from $1,000 to $4,500, are awarded annually to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 3.7 GPA or above, enabling them to engage in summer projects. We cannot fund St. Edward's University coursework or faculty-led study abroad.

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. 

Things to consider:

  • 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.

 Applications are available in late January and due in February to fund the following summer. Email completed applications by 9 a.m. to carolim [at] (subject: Summer%20Academic%20Excellence%20Award%20Application) (Caroline Morris, Director of Fellowships).