Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships and Traineeships

We annually offer several graduate assistantships to students pursuing master's degrees in speech pathology or doctoral degree (Au.D.) in audiology. These are awarded for the nine-month academic year and include a stipend of several thousand dollars and tuition reduction. Graduate assistants are required to work approximately 12 hours per week with the department.

Graduate Traineeships are also offered to graduate students in speech pathology and audiology through the Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program. One audiology student and one speech pathology graduate student per year are selected as trainees for this program.  Each trainee receives a stipend of several thousand dollars and a tuition reduction. The period of training begins in the summer and lasts for one year. Students are required to take part in 300 hours of classroom, clinical, and research experiences focusing on inter-disciplinary services for children with developmental disabilities and their families. 

The Center for Disabilities also offers an Interdisciplinary Rural Training (IRT) Program. Each IRT trainee receives a stipend of several thousand dollars and tuition reduction. This program of training requires a commitment of two consecutive academic semesters. Students are required to participate in approximately 300 hours of classroom, clinical, and research experiences focusing on inter-disciplinary services in rural setting.

Scottish Rite Graduate Fellowships

These graduate fellowships are eight in number and are designed to provide support to USD students doing graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology who are interested in practicing in South Dakota or vicinity following graduation (although this is not a requirement). The amount of each of seven stipends is $1,000.

The Janet Bailin Fellowship is in the amount of $1,500. Applicants should have a 3.0 or better grade point average in DCOM courses and preferably in all courses taken and completed. To be eligible, a student must be fully admitted into the graduate school program. No work duties are required of holders of a graduate fellowship.

Application Procedure

Scholarship opportunities and application deadlines are announced early in the spring semester for awarding at the spring department banquet. Graduate assistantship applications are accepted at the time of application for entry into the program. Applicants must write a separate letter of application for each assistantship or fellowship they are interested in and include:

  • Overall grade point average
  • GPA in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Current year of enrollment
  • Willingness to meet any stipulations required by that specific award

After all applications are received, the Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty as a committee-of-the-whole will select the recipient of each assistantship or fellowship.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply for graduate assistantships is January 15 for students applying for admission in the following fall semester and October 15 for students applying for admission in the following spring semester.

Application Deadlines for LEND Traineeships, Scottish Rite Fellowships, and other scholarships and awards are announced annually during the spring semester.