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Competitive Graduate Award Guidelines
Academic Year 2015-2016

Revised Guidelines Will Be Posted Soon!!


The purpose of the Competitive Graduate Award (CGA) program is to support highly qualified new graduate students who are accepted into advanced degree programs at SIUE.


There will be approximately 19 CGA awards granted for the nine-month academic year (fall and spring semesters). The award includes a monthly stipend as well as waiver of tuition. The amount of the stipend is $8,370 ($930 per month). Recipients are responsible for fees.


An applicant must be a new graduate student who is accepted as a classified student in a masters degree program at SIUE and whose first term of enrollment will be no earlier than the summer preceding the award period. SIUE undergraduates approved for admission to a 3+2 program may submit an application provided their eligibility for such enrollment does not occur before the summer preceding the award period.

Application Deadline

The deadline for Academic Year 2016 (fall semester 2015 and spring semester 2016) is Friday, January 9, 2015 by 4:30 p.m.

Application Materials

To be eligible for consideration for a CGA, an applicant must have both a complete CGA application and a complete degree seeking admissions application on file for summer or fall by the CGA deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that both the CGA application and admissions application packets are complete by the deadline. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

  1. A completed CGA application includes:
    • application page
    • statement of personal history and career goals
    • waiver form
    • three letters of recommendation (from people who can attest to the applicant’s likelihood for success academically and professionally)
    • signed release of information consent form (which is required to comply with the University’s Tuition Waiver Policy)
  2. An application for admission as a degree-seeking masters graduate student at SIUE includes all materials required by SIUE and by the specific graduate program, such as:
    • application form
    • applicable fees
    • all official undergraduate transcripts
    • official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students
    • any other materials required by the graduate program

Submit all materials directly to the Admissions Office.

By mail In Person Online
Graduate and International Admissions
Campus Box 1047, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047
Rendleman HallRoom 1207
Express Mail
Graduate and International Admissions
70 Hairpin Drive
Rendleman Hall Room 1207
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

Application & Award Timeline

Friday, January 9 Complete CGA application package must be received by the Graduate School and complete application for admission for fall as a degree-seeking masters student must be on file in Graduate Admissions.
mid-February Graduate Program Directors complete ranking of CGA applications.
March Graduate Student Award 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

CGA Application packets must include:

It is recommended that you print out the Checklist of Required Materials pdf and the list of frequently asked questions 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 (Please allow up to 48 hours for a response)

Review Criteria

The Graduate Student Award Committee reviews each eligible application. The Committee bases its recommendations on criteria such as:

  • overall grade point average
  • grade point average in undergraduate major
  • 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
  • strength of recommendation letters
  • strength of evaluation by graduate program

Conditions of Award

Recipients of Competitive Graduate Awards:

  • must carry 9 semester hours or more of graduate-level work throughout the term of CGA
  • must remain in good academic standing throughout the term of CGA
  • may not work in any paid university position during the term of CGA

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

Note the information regarding acceptance of a CGA.

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