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Shepard Scholarship for Graduate Study

Application Deadline: 4:00 PM (ET), April 1, 2021

Open to: Graduating seniors or Emory alums*
Award type: Academic
Area(s) of study: All fields
Award criteria: academic achievement
Award provides: Funding toward graduate school tuition and/or expenses
Open to international students:  Yes

  • Plan to attend graduate school for a research- or practice-based masters or PhD beginning in the summer or fall of the application year or that begins in the spring of the subesequent year
  • Be beginning a first graduate degree **
  • Be admitted to a graduate program ranked among the best for the discipline/focus

The Charles E. Shepard Scholarship provides funding toward graduate school tuition and/or expenses for students pursuing a masters or PhD. Applicants must have a superior record of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise, as well as other indicators of substantive intellectual accomplishment (research awards, departmental awards, independent research, publications, etc.). Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to complete with distinction a graduate program ranked among the best for the discipline/focus. Seniors and alumni from any Emory University undergraduate program, including those in Emory College, Goizueta Business School, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Emory School of Medicine, are eligible to apply for the Shepard Scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE: Eligible degree programs include research- and practice-based programs leading to a master's or doctoral degree (e.g. M.A., M.F.A., M.M., M.S., Ph.D., Sc.D.) as well as certain programs leading to a professional master's degree (e.g. M.P.H., M.Div., M.S.N., M.Ed.). However, JD, MD, and MBA programs are not eligible for consideration.  If you need clarification on degree-program eligibility, please consult with NS&FP staff.


* Open to Emory alums who graduated from Emory in the previous three years with a degree from any Emory University bachelors program OR graduating seniors

** Seniors enrolled in a joint bachelors/masters degree program (4+1) in which they will graduate with a bachelors degree and then return to Emory to continue coursework and/or research toward a Masters degree MAY apply for Shepard funding in their senior year for support for the year of additional Masters work.

  • Application form
  • Essay
  • 2 recommendations
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé/ CV
  • Letter of Acceptance from designated graduate program
  • Financial Award Declaration
  • Cost of Education form


Click here to access the application in College Connect.




  • Samuel Budnyk (‘17C), Comparative Literature; Music
  • Nanyu Chen ('15Ox ‘17C), Economics & Mathematics
  • Samantha Frischling (‘17C), Music; Psychology
  • Zachary Issenberg (‘17C), English & Creative Writing; Comparative Literature
  • Hyun Ki Kim (‘17C), Economics & Mathematics
  • Catherine Labiran (‘16C), Psychology
  • Kate Moran (‘15C), Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies
  • Kevin Park (‘16C), Mathematics



If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, please request registration.
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