Each year the College of Education provides in excess of $3 million dollars in support of doctoral students. This support takes the form of fellowships (which require no work responsibilities) and assistantships in teaching and research. Current information on financial support can be viewed on the College of Education financial support for graduate students website, on the Graduate Schools website and the Financial Aid website. The department is committed, within the limits promised at admission, to helping students secure sufficient assistantships.
Practicum/Dissertation Research Support
Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Summer Research Fellowships
Summer Research Renewable Fellowships
Summer Research Development Fellowship
Outreach and Engagement Fellowships
This fellowship provides financial support for advanced doctoral students who have projected or incurred expenses relevant to data collection for their dissertation or research practicum.
These funds must be spent on research expenses such as travel to sites, piloting research instruments, providing incentives to participants, and data entry/transcription. Doctoral students in CITE who are at the practicum or dissertation stage (but not the dissertation completion stage) are eligible to apply. The awards will consist of fellowships in amounts of $1,000 to $4,000.
Each complete proposal will include:
A three-page (single-spaced) proposal that outlines the goals of the research project
A detailed budget for anticipated expenses
This fellowship is intended to support students' original work, or, possibly, a piece of a larger project which is assigned exclusively to the student. Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, progress that is expected be made on the project during the fellowship period, and the student's academic record.
Fellowship amounts vary and are determined by need and competitive process within the department. Students are notified by the department about the application process and submission deadlines. Applications are submitted in mid to late fall.
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The Graduate School and the college support more than 20 students each year, providing a $6,000 fellowship which allows students to devote considerable time to completing their dissertations. Recipients may hold a maximum of a quarter-time assistantship during the award semester. Doctoral students are notified, via the Ph.D. listserv, of the application process and submission deadlines. Applications are submitted to the department in fall (for upcoming spring or summer).
The competition, offered on an annual basis, is open to doctoral students who are positioned to submit the final versions of their dissertations to the Graduate School by the end of summer of a given year; projected spring and summer Ph.D. graduates are therefore eligible. Students who have already defended their dissertations and are engaged in final revisions are not eligible for the award.
All nominees for the Dissertation Completion Fellowships must have passed their comprehensive examinations, and have a copy of the examination completion form on file. The nomination packet should include the following:
1. One copy of the approved dissertation proposal; not to exceed 30 pages, double spaced.
2. One letter of nomination/support from the director of the dissertation that attends to the following: it reaffirms the approval of the proposal, testifies to the dissertation's strengths and to the likelihood of completion before the end of summer. The letter must include a timeline for completion, with major benchmarks, and should indicate the way in which the award will help release time to complete the dissertation.
3. A transcript for all Ph.D. program coursework.
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The college funds more than 20 doctoral students during the summer, providing $6,000 to support their research and scholarly development. Faculty mentors also receive an honorarium. This fellowship is designed to support students full-time, so recipients may not enroll in any courses, nor hold any other work assignments during the summer semester. Recipients may, however, participate in one of the International Study Tours during the early summer. Doctoral students are notified, via the Ph.D. listserv, of the application process and submission deadlines, which occurs in late fall.
Application for summer fellowships involves the submission of a written proposal describing the intended research work and an email from the faculty member who will mentor the SRF stating that s/he will play that role. If chosen, a final very brief written report summarizing the work completed will be due in August.
Summer Research Renewable Fellowships (SRRF)
The college funds approximately 8-10 doctoral students over two summers, providing $6,000 per summer, to support their research and scholarly development. Renewal for a second summer is contingent upon student making adequate academic progress, successful achievement of their proposed goals during the first summer and submission of an end of summer report stating first summer achievements. Faculty mentors also receive an honorarium each summer. This fellowship is designed to support students full-time, so recipients may not enroll in any courses, nor hold any other work assignments during either summer semester. Recipients may, however, participate in one of the International Study Tours during the early summer. Doctoral students are notified, via the Ph.D. listserv, of the application process and submission deadlines, which occurs in late fall.
Summer Research Development Fellowships (SRDF)
The college funds approximately 15 first-year doctoral students over the summer, providing a $5,000 fellowship. The fellowship frees up the summer for students to develop or strengthen specific research skills and to acquire knowledge about specific methods not thoroughly developed in a regular course. Recipients may not enroll nor hold a work assignment during the summer of the award. Recipients of University Fellowship awards who are in their initial fellowship year, are not eligible to receive one of these awards (MSU Fellowship recipients are already fully-funded during the summer following their first year, and are required to enroll in at least one course). Doctoral students are notified, via the Ph.D. listserv, of the application process and submission deadlines. The application process begins in January.
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Doctoral students may request support for travel to national or international conferences in which they present the results of scholarly research. Such funds are available mostly from the Department of Teacher Education but also from the Graduate School and other College of Education sources. For travel funding within the Department of Teacher Education, see the forms page for details.
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More than 40 scholarships are available for currently enrolled students who show promise of making significant contributions to particular areas of education. Applications are available each December. Most of the endowed scholarships are reserved for continuing graduate students. The competition is announced widely across the college. To find out more information and apply for these scholarships / fellowships, please visit the College of Education's Graduate Endowed Scholarships page.
To learn more about financial aid visit the Office of Financial Aid website
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