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Awards & Financial Aid

There are a number of resources available through SIU for graduate students including Federal Work-Study Assistantships, Grants, Tuition Waivers, and Departmental Awards. Financial aid is also made possible through the Federal Government. For information and applications for support offered by the University or the Federal Government, see the SIU Graduate School's Financial Assistance section.

Additionally, the Department of Theater provides for a variety of honors and recognition for our graduate students. Some of these carry cash awards. See below for a list of potential awards made available to theater graduate students at SIU Carbondale.

The Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office offers further information concerning the availability of scholarships, loans, and on-campus jobs. This office may be contacted directly by mail or by telephone

Financial Aid Office
Mail Code 4702, 
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901,

Deadlines and Requirements

Please note that there are different deadlines for each financial award and many require the GRE. These financial awards cannot be offered until the student has completed their application and been admitted by both the Department of Theater and the Graduate School. For information, application process and deadlines and review criteria, please see the appropriate section in the MFA Handbook.


Additional Honors and Awards for Graduate Theater Students

The following awards are also available through the Department of Theater. Some of these are honors and some carry a cash award. In all cases, the student must apply, either by completing the scholarship application form or be nominated by a member of the Department of Theater Faculty. In most cases, the selection of the recipients is based on the following criteria: 1. Scholarship and/or Creative Activity; 2. Involvement in/Service to the Department.

Eugene Jackson Outstanding Graduate Student

Awarded to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding scholarship, for excellence in creative activity, and provides service to the Department of Theater. Recipient must be full time (8 hrs.) and have a GPA of 3.0

Ira Aldridge Award

Awarded to a currently enrolled African American student who has demonstrated leadership potential, participated in productions in Department, University and/or community productions, and who shows competence in his/her chosen area (acting, playwriting, directing, stage management, design, production, etc.).

Mordecai Gorelik Award for Excellence in Scenic Design

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student, who has demonstrated excellence in scenic design either through the practical application in the design of settings for realized stage productions or through theoretical classroom projects.

Eelin Stewart-Harrison Award for Excellence in Costume Design

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in costume design either through the practical application in the design of costumes for realized stage productions or through theoretical classroom projects. An appropriate theater text is presented to the recipient on Honors Day.

James Moody Excellence in Lighting Design

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in lighting design either through the practical application in the design of lighting for realized stage productions or through theoretical classroom projects. An autographed copy of SIU Alumnus James Moody’s text Concert Lighting and $250.00 Bursars Credit are presented to the recipient on Honors Day. (This award is made possible through the generous support of James Moody.)

Award for Excellence in Technical Production

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in one or more aspects of technical production including properties, carpentry, technical direction, sound, electrics, or stage management. A $200.00 Bursars Credit is presented to the recipient on Honors Day donated by SIU Alumna Shannon Heller.

Christian H. Moe Playwriting Awards (graduate or undergraduate)

Awards are given to selected plays written for the stage that demonstrate skillful use of dramatic structure, dramatic questions, on-stage activity, speakable dialogue, and crises and climaxes and which express a particular vision that seems to engage the author in the material whether the play is comic or serious, and which suggest that the author has talent and future growth in the art of playwriting. Awards are made for Best Short Play (approximately 45 pages) - A cash award ($200.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day; Best Long Play - A cash award ($250.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day; Best Short Play, Honorable Mention (approximately 45 pages) - A cash award ($50.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day; and Best Long Play, Honorable Mention - A cash award ($50.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day.