Scholarships & Grants


There are many sources and types of assistance available to help finance your graduate education. This page offers guidance with respect to two primary sources of financial assistance – Departmental Awards and University Scholarships – both accessible through a single application process.


    LMU Bioethics Institute offers two forms of financial assistance to students enrolled in bioethics graduate programs: (1) Grants, which are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need; and (2) Scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of exceptional merit and independently of financial need. 

    Departmental Grants

    Departmental Grants are available to students with demonstrated financial need. For the last two years, the Bioethics Institute has been able meet 100% of the financial need of each student. That is to say, every student who has demonstrated financial need has been awarded funds to fully cover any remaining tuition costs beyond the expected family contribution (EFC).

    Students who wish to be considered for a Bioethics Institute Grant must file a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), in addition to filling out the current year's Bioethics Graduate Award Application. LMU's Federal School Code is #001234. The FAFSA is not required for international students.

    Departmental Scholarships

    Departmental Scholarships are merit-based awards available to students who demonstrate exceptional academic or professional achievement. Bioethics Institute Scholarships cover 50-100% of tuition costs for the duration of the program. 

    For questions about any of these Departmental Awards, contact the Bioethics Institute Graduate Program Coordinator at 310.258.5416 or


    In addition to the Departmental Awards offered by the Bioethics Institute, LMU's Graduate Division offers the following scholarships to graduate student applicants across the University. 

    Catholic Teacher / Ministry Scholarship

    Award Amount: $1000 per 3-unit class (*for up to 2 courses per semester in Fall and Spring, and 1 course in Summer terms)
    Eligibility: Applicants must teach full-time in Catholic Elementary or Secondary Education or work full-time in Catholic Ministry.
    Additional Materials: Applicants should include employment verification in the form of a signed statement from your employer on official letterhead along with their scholarship application.

    Developing Countries Scholarship

    Award Amount: 100% of tuition
    Eligibility: Available to priests or members of a religious order (non U.S. citizens) who come from developing countries.
    Additional Materials: Applicants should include a copy of their R-1 visa and a one-page statement of intent along with their scholarship application.

    Religious Scholarship

    Award Amount: 25% of tuition
    Eligibility: Applicant must be a member of the Catholic Clergy or Catholic religious orders.
    Additional Materials: Applicants should provide evidence of membership in a Catholic religious order or proof of Clergy along with their scholarship application.


    Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the Graduate Student section of LMU’s Financial Aid Office website for information about federal student loans and additional scholarship and grant opportunities not represented here.

    For questions about any of these University Scholarships, contact the Graduate Division at 310.338.2721 or

    • Students may apply for any of the Departmental and University Awards above using a single application:
    • In addition to filling out the standard form fields, this application requires the submission of a one-page typed essay explaining “why you are applying for the selected scholarships, noting in particular any current financial hardships or professional accomplishments pertaining to merit.”
    • Note that some grants and scholarships require submitting additional materials, specified on the application form.
    • DO I NEED TO FILE A FAFSA? Scholarship applicants are not required to file a FAFSA for consideration unless applying for the Bioethics Institute Grant or applying for Federal Student Loans. International applicants are not required to file a FAFSA.