The department receives a limited amount of financial assistance from the university, which it apportions according to merit, generally when students enter the program. Some students receive full coverage of their tuition (tuition remission), some partial tuition, and some worthy students receive no aid. In addition, some students receive a stipend. The department also has limited teaching and research assistant positions available. Those who do not receive aid from the department’s limited funds may be able to find work elsewhere at the University or in the Washington, D.C. area. Information on university job openings can be found on the Human Resources web site. For jobs in the D.C. area, visit the AU Career Center or Idealist.org
All applying students are automatically considered for aid - there is no additional application required. Among our many named scholarships are the following:
Edward C. Bou Scholarship - awarded every 2 years
Gustavis Swift Scholarship - for graduates of Garrett Theological Seminary
Charley D. Hardwick Scholarship
Bordan Parker Bowne Scholarship
Lucinda Joy Peach Scholarship
Edward B. Lewis Scholarship
Ethics Bowl Lead Coordinator Position - Distinguished applicants with teaching and/or logistics management experience may be asked to take on this position as Lead Coordinator for the DC Area High School Ethics Bowl, which is housed in our department. The position is paid and works closely with key faculty. See american.edu/ethicsbowl for more information.
All students who wish to be considered for departmental fellowship, or additional financial assistance in the form of loans, must fill out the FAFSA by March 1 for the following academic year. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details.
Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships in Philosophy
Harold J. and Ruth Pearson Prize
A $500 award is presented each spring semester to a graduating senior or seniors majoring in philosophy for their outstanding performance in philosophy. A book prize is also awarded to each of the graduating philosophy majors who have demonstrated excellent work in philosophy. Both of these awards are decided in mid-March and awarded at the end of the spring semester.
Donald Kane Prize
A $500 award is presented each spring for the best essay written by a religion major in the previous year. Students need only be religion majors to be eligible - no further academic standing is required.
The Outstanding Scholar Program is a special hiring authority established for entry-level positions at the GS-5 and GS-7 grade levels. This special hiring authority is used to fill approximately 100 occupational fields in the Federal Government.