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Funding Opportunities

All of the following funding opportunities were made available through the very generous contributions of individual donors and their families. The funds remain available through ongoing contributions by individuals who are invested in the department’s mission of providing excellent educational opportunities for outstanding students.

Funding Opportunities for PhD Students

The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is calling for applications for the Charles E. Speaks Fellowship for Fall 2017. The fellow will receive up to 3 years of full tuition, stipend and healthcare benefits, as well as annual funds for professional travel. Please see below for more details and information on how to apply.

Fellowships - The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities awards fellowships to one or more outstanding students who enroll full-time in our PhD program in speech-language-hearing sciences.

Each award provides full tuition for each academic year for up to 3 years, a stipend, and annual funds for professional travel. The stipend includes limited requirements for research/teaching experiences across the 3 years. All individuals who apply to enter our PhD program for fall semester will be eligible to apply for the award. Preference will be given to students who apply by the graduate program application deadline. The award winner will have defined research interests that are well matched with an SLHS faculty mentor’s expertise and have an academic research career as a primary goal. Students’ research interests may be in speech, language, and/or hearing.

Our fellowship awards honor the contributions of three outstanding members of the University of Minnesota community.

  • The Charles E. Speaks Fellowship Fund: Dr. Charles E. Speaks left the department in 2005 after 38 years of leadership. Professor Speaks was Department Chair for 22 years, received the Honors of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2003, and holds the University of Minnesota Horace T. Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
  • The Leslie E. Glaze Fellowship: This fellowship supports full-time students in our PhD program and honors the many contributions of Dr. Leslie E. Glaze. who left her role as Director of Clinical Programs in the department in 2004. Dr. Glaze is a leader in the profession, having served as the president of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She became an ASHA Fellow in 2005.
  • The Mildred Templin Fellowship: This award honors the outstanding career of Dr. Mildred Templin, who retired from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development in 1976. She was a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the American Speech and Hearing Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Application Instructions for all Fellowships: Email the application form as an attachment to slhsgrad@umn.edu by January 4, 2017

Bryng Bryngelson Research Fund - This fund is our earliest established fund, named in honor of Dr. Bryng Bryngelson who was a pioneer in communication sciences and disorders, especially in stuttering. Dr. Bryngelson founded the speech clinic at the University of Minnesota in 1927. He also founded the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1963. The fund supports the research projects, including professional travel to present research, of PhD and plan A MA-SLP students. Applications for this award are considered continuously throughout the year. Bryngelson Award announcement and application PDF and DOC.

Funding Opportunities for MA-SLP Students

Clark D. Starr Family Fellowship Fund - This endowed fund was established by the late Professor Clark Starr and his wife Mrs. Jane Starr. Dr. Starr was an extremely well known and highly regarded scholar with particular expertise in cleft palate and voice disorders. He became the first Department Chair in 1971 when the department became a separate entity at the University of Minnesota. This fund provides support to full-time MA students in the speech-language pathology program who are in good academic standing. The award may be used for the payment, partially or totally, of tuition and/or stipend. Download the Starr Fellowship application. Email your completed application materials as attachments to slhsgrad@umn.edu. Application review will begin early February 2017.

Bryng Bryngelson Research Fund - This fund is our earliest established fund, named in honor of Dr. Bryng Bryngelson who was a pioneer in communication sciences and disorders, especially in stuttering. Dr. Bryngelson founded the speech clinic at the University of Minnesota in 1927. He also founded the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1963. The fund supports the research projects, including professional travel to present research, of PhD and plan A MA-SLP students. Applications for this award are considered continuously throughout the year. Bryngelson Award announcement and applicationPDF iconPDF.

Funding Opportunities for AuD Students

Robert G. Robinson Scholarships - This fund was established by a friend of the department, the late Robert G. Robinson. Dr. Robinson was a professor of agronomy and plant genetics. He played a leading role in Minnesota’s agricultural economy and was a member of several professional and honor societies. The fund provides scholarships to outstanding, non-smoking students in the doctorate of audiology program. Email your completed application form as an attachment to slhsgrad@umn.edu. Application review will begin early February 2017.

Starkey Research Scholar - This award is possible through the generosity of Starkey Hearing Technologies, a company dedicated to serving the audiology and dispensing community by providing proven technology and services to those with hearing impairment. The award provides a twelve-month graduate research assistant position (20 hours/week) to work in the clinical product research and experimental audiology divisions at Starkey Labs in Eden Prairie. The successful candidate will be involved in research duties related to evidence-based clinical tools for hearing aid fittings, hearing aids, and sound processing. The position begins in June 2016 and is open to all AuD students in good academic standing.

Applications for the Starkey Research Scholar Award are considered in the spring for the following academic year. Applications must be completed by March 16, 2016 to be considered for this award. Please submit the following materials to slhsgrad@umn.edu:

  1. A brief cover letter indicating your interest in the award.

  2. A professional resume of experiences and accomplishments.

  3. A letter of recommendation.

A faculty committee in the SLHS department will provide Starkey Hearing Technologies with information related to all applicants’ academic and clinical progress toward completion of the AuD degree. It is important that all materials be received by the application deadline to ensure consideration by the faculty committee. Starkey Hearing Technologies will then interview applicant(s) for the position.

Funding Opportunities for all Students

Assistantships - Assistantships are hourly, half-time, or full-time. The time commitment and benefits of hourly assistantships can vary. Half-time and full-time appointments come with respective stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance packages. For more information, visit Graduate Assistants Employment Services.

  • Teaching Assistantships - The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences has a limited number of teaching assistantships each semester. These opportunities are offered to admitted graduate students based on department needs and student qualifications. Before each semester, a survey will be forwarded to all admitted graduate students to garner interest for placement. Note that the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences evaluates its need for teaching assistants on a rolling basis.
  • Research Assistantships - Students are directly chosen by a principal investigator (faculty member) for a research project that will be conducted at the University of Minnesota. Research assistantships may be offered to incoming students with prior research experiences, but assistantships are generally filled by more advanced graduate students. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities, check out our faculty and research topics to determine which faculty member might have interests that are similar to your own. Reach out to faculty indicating your interests by sending a cover letter and resume.

Gerald M. Siegel Student Initiative Fund - The Siegel fund supports projects proposed by a committee of undergraduate and graduate students, with the guidance of the department chair, to further the educational experience of the department's masters and undergraduate students.

Professional Development Funds - Professional development funds can help to cover the expenses of presenting papers at conferences and other discipline-related meetings. Generally this has been a non-service award to help with transportation, lodging, registration fees, and presentation fees.

University Funding Resources

There is a range of other fellowship and scholarship opportunities available for graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. 

  • CLA Graduate Fellowship Program (CLAGF) is offered by CLA to recruit outstanding graduate students for a one-year fellowship.
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) is offered by CLA to provide a summer research stipend to CLA graduate students to support their professional, scholarly, and creative development while collaborating with a CLA faculty project advisor on scholarly research and creative activity. Awards are for $4,000 with a $500 budget for expenses related to the research. Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences PhD students are eligible to apply.

Learn more about other graduate funding opportunities for CLA students.

The Graduate School is a great resource for funding opportunities. Explore their funding & tuition to learn about the fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships; research and teaching assistantships; and external funding opportunities they offer. A couple opportunities of note are:

Discipline Funding Resources

There are a number of professional organizations within the discipline that offer funding opportunities to graduate students. Many SLHS students have successfully applied for these scholarships.

  • Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) - MSHA offers the MSHFoundation Scholarship. Since 1989, the MSHFoundation has awarded one or more scholarships to highly talented graduate students in speech-language pathology or audiology who are studying in Minnesota. The scholarship program currently awards $2,500 scholarships. Visit the MSHFoundation website for more information.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - The ASHA Foundation offers a plethora of grants and scholarships to graduate students. For a full list of opportunities, visit the ASHA Foundation website.
  • American Academy of Audiology (AAA) - The AAA Foundation offers numerous educational opportunities for audiology graduate students and SAA chapters. For scholarship and grant eligibility, deadlines, and application information, visit the AAA Foundation website