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Guidelines For Academic Year 2014-2015


The purpose of the CGA program is to support highly qualified new graduate students, including students from underrepresented groups, who are accepted into advanced degree programs at SIUE.


There will be approximately 19 CGA awards for the nine-month academic year 2014-2015. They will include a monthly stipend, as well as waiver of tuition. The amount of the stipend is $8,370 ($930 per month).


Applicants must be new graduate students, whose first term of enrollment as a classified student in a graduate degree program at SIUE will be no earlier than Summer 2014. Accepted to a SIUE graduate program. Submit your graduate application materials to the University and your department as soon as possible. SIUE undergraduates approved for admission to a 3+2 program may submit an application provided their eligibility for such enrollment does not occur before Summer 2014.

Application Deadline

To be considered for an Academic Year 2014-2015 CGA, the following must be received by the Graduate School no later than Friday, January 10, 2014, by 4:30 p.m.:

Application Procedure

  • Your completed CGA applications and supporting materials (three letters of recommendation, cover sheet, statement of history, statement of goals and waiver form must be on file in the Graduate School.

  • Your completed application for admission as a degree-seeking graduate student at SIUE, which includes all official undergraduate transcripts, and for international students, official TOEFL scores (international students only), must be on file in the Graduate Admissions Office.

  • You may check your CGA application status by emailing graduateschool@siue.edu (Please allow up to 48 hours for a response):

Students must submit their CGA application materials directly to the Graduate School:

By mail:

In person:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Rendleman Hall
Campus Box 1046 Room 2202
Attn: Competitive Graduate Award
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1046

Applying to the University

Students must submit their applications for admittance into Southern Illinois University Edwardsville by applying online, by mail or in person. Applications to SIUE must include official undergraduate transcripts and, for international students, official TOEFL scores.

By mail:

In person:

Graduate Admissions Rendleman Hall
Campus Box 1047 Room 1207
70 Hairpin Drive, Rendleman Hall Room 1207
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047


Spring 2014 Application & Award Timeline

Friday, January 10 Complete CGA application packages must be received by the Graduate School, and complete application for admission as a degree-seeking student must be on file in Graduate Admissions.
mid-February Program Directors complete ranking of CGA applications.
March University Fellowship & Scholarship Committee reviews CGA applications and recommends awards.
mid-April The Graduate School notifies departments and applicants by email and/or mail of results.

CGA Application Materials

All CGA documents must be received by the Graduate School by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.

CGA Application packets must include the following documents:

It is recommended that you print out the Checklist of Required Materials [IMAGE: pdf] and the list of frequently asked questions [IMAGE: ] along with all of the application materials.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application packet is complete by contacting The Graduate School by email at graduateschool@siue.edu. (Please allow up to 48 hours for a response)

Review Criteria

The University Fellowship and Scholarship Committee will review each eligible application based upon the following criteria:

  • In evaluating evidence available in application packet, the Committee will most strongly consider
    • Statement of personal history and career goals
    • Statement of research, scholarly or creative interests
    • Evaluation by graduate program
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Overall grade point average
    • Grade point average in undergraduate major

  • In evaluating Statements of Research and Personal History, as well as letters of recommendation, the Committee will consider
    • Evidence of applicant's intellectual curiosity
    • Applicant's potential to excel in graduate work
    • Confidence applicant will complete the master's degree
    • Extent to which applicant is likely to benefit from the CGA

Conditions of Award

Recipients of Competitive Graduate Awards:

  • must carry a full-time academic course load (9 semester hours or more) of graduate-level work;
  • must remain in good academic standing throughout the term of their CGAs; and
  • may not work in any paid university position during the term of their CGAs.

If a recipient fails to comply with these conditions, the Graduate School may revoke the Award.

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