PhD Program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education

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Curriculum, Instruction, & Teacher Education Ph. D.
Research Funding for Enrolled Students

 

Fellowships, Funding, and Financial Aid

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.

About the Fellowships

Practicum/Dissertation Research Support
Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Summer Research Fellowships
      - Summer Research Fellowship
      - Summer Research Renewable Fellowship
      - Summer Research Development Fellowship
Outreach and Engagement Fellowships
Travel Funding
College Scholarships/Fellowships

 


Practicum/Dissertation Research Support

Using funds from the Dean's Office in the College of Education, the CITE PhD program invites proposals for research fellowships that will support dissertation and practicum work. These funds cannot be used to buy "time," which is what the College does with the Summer Research Fellowships, the Dissertation Completion Fellowships, and the Summer Research Development Fellowships.

Instead, these funds must be spent on research expenses such as travel to sites, piloting research instruments, providing incentives to participants, and data entry/transcription (see below for a fuller list of acceptable expenses). 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 from $1,000 to $4,000, which will be paid by December 1, 2011. Remember, these funds are for hard costs, not to free up time; they can go to pay for other labor costs, however (like data entry). So these funds would not go to students who are in the final stages of writing, but to those who are conceiving of and building their research projects, to encourage them to consider more ambitious, independent practicum studies or dissertations.

Priority will go to students who have not received funding through this specific program before. Students who did receive funding through this program in 2010-11 may apply for funding again, but their applications will receive less priority than those who have not previously received funding through this program.

Each complete proposal will include:

  1. A three-page (single-spaced) proposal that outlines the goals of the research project;
  2. A detailed budget for anticipated expenses and a one-paragraph introduction about their project's needs. Acceptable expenses are listed below;
  3. An email statement to Dr. Peter Youngs from a prospective faculty mentor agreeing to oversee the project and attest to the student's readiness to undertake the project; this is not a letter of recommendation.

Acceptable expenses:

  • Testing/validating original survey instruments with focus groups or in cognitive labs;
  • Acquiring a commercially available instrument that will be given to a new sample;
  • Providing incentives to schools to encourage participation of faculty, staff, and students (i.e., donation to a library/media center);
  • Providing direct incentives to interview or survey participants (i.e., gift card to a book store);
  • Offering refreshments or tokens of appreciation to focus groups (i.e., MSU t-shirts for high school students who participate in focus groups);
  • Funding postage/mailing/copying costs for hard copy surveys or to purchase an on-line survey hosting account;
  • Travel to data collection sites
  • Data entry/transcription labor costs

The fellowships are intended to support students' original work, or, possibly, a piece of a larger project which is assigned exclusively to the student. They are not intended to support graduate research assistantship assignments. 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.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically as Word attachments (name the files in this fashion exactly: DRPS11PropYourLastName.doc (for example: DRPS11PropSmith.doc) to Peter Youngs, CITE Program Coordinator (pyoungs@msu.edu) no later than November 14, 2011. Late submissions will receive less priority than on-time submissions. Make certain that your full name and PID appear at the start of the proposal; no separate title pages; everything must be in Times New Roman 11 point font; must have page numbers in the footer; and must have margins of at least one inch on all sides.

 

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Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The "Dissertation Completion Fellowships" are offered by the Graduate School and the College of Education. These are $6,000 fellowships that are designed to accelerate completion of the dissertation. Awards will be for spring 2012 and summer 2012.

The competition 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 2012; projected Spring and Summer PhD graduates are therefore eligible. But, students who have already defended their dissertations and are engaged in final revisions at this time (even if it is likely that they will earn a Spring 2012 degree) are not eligible for the award.

In order to be eligible, all nominees for the Dissertation Completion Fellowships must have passed their comprehensive examinations, and have a copy of the examination completion form on file in the Graduate Records Office by November 1, 2011: Please, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Nominations for the award are being solicited among all College of Education advisors/ dissertation directors. The nomination packet should include the following:

1. ONE COPY of the approved dissertation proposal. Based on prior experience, we ask that proposals be no longer than 30 pages, double spaced. This limit does not pertain to essential appendices or reference lists. In some cases this may mean submitting a single representative section, but in most cases the entire proposal may be submitted. We want this in electronic (Word .docx) form from the departments, with the following filename: DCF12Prop[your last name].docx. Send your proposal to Peter Youngs (pyoungs@msu.edu).

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, 2012. The letter must include a timeline for completion, with major benchmarks, and should indicate the way in which the $6000 award will help release time to complete the dissertation. These statements are critical to the reviewers, so please address them directly in the letter. Nominations without timelines will not be considered at the College level. The College will need these letters in electronic form, so they should be submitted using the following filename: DCF12Letter[nominee's last name].docx or .pdf. This letter should be sent by the advisor to Peter Youngs (pyoungs@msu.edu).

3. ONE MSU electronic transcript for all PhD program coursework. You can download this from SIS yourself. Attach it to the application email to Peter Youngs (pyoungs@msu.edu) along with the proposal, using the following filename: DCF12Transcript[your last name].docx. Note: During the semester of the award, recipients may hold no more than a quarter-time assistantship.

We require reassurance about progress and timely completions because future funding for this award from the University is always based in large part upon the success of these awards in expediting the completion of strong dissertations.  We are pleased that virtually all of last year’s recipients finished in a timely fashion, which has kept our presence and strength visible across campus.

The deadline for CITE PhD students to submit their full application materials for consideration for a Dissertation Completion Fellowship is Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

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Summer Research Fellowships

At this time, we are announcing two Summer research funding opportunities for US12.  We are continuing our regular Summer Research Fellowships (SRF12), and our recently-established two-year Summer Research Renewable Fellowships (SRRF12-13).


Our program of Summer Research Development Fellowships (SRDF12) for first-year PhD students will be formally announced in January, 2012.  Details and application procedures follow.

 

General Terms and Procedures

The awards will consist of a fellowship for $6000 (SRF and SRRF), which will be paid in April, 2012. The fellowships are 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 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 full-funded during the summer following their first year, and are required to enroll in at least one course).

The programs will also provide $500 to the faculty mentor who agrees to oversee a student's project. At the end of summer, by August 15, 2012, recipients will be expected to submit an email to me that summarizes their accomplishments. Because the fellowship will be paid in April, recipients must be enrolled during the spring semester.

Applications for all three fellowships should be structured similarly (although the content will differ considerably). Each complete proposal will include:

  1. A three-page (single-spaced) proposal that outlines the goals of the project. References and essential brief supplementary matter can exceed the three page limit. Please list your faculty mentor's name on the line following your own name and PID at the beginning of the proposal. The final page of the proposal (following references) should include an additional sheet consisting of the applicant's MSU PhD transcript. Here is how you secure and insert your MSU transcript (submit only your PhD coursework):

     

    1) go to stuinfo.msu.edu and login;
    2) select Courses By Term;
    3) under File tab choose Select All;
    4) copy and paste to the Word document;

  2. An email statement to Michael Sedlak (msedlak@msu.edu) from prospective faculty mentors agreeing to oversee the project, if funded. This is not a letter of recommendation; just a sentence agreeing to mentor the project.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically as Word attachments (see filenaming rules under each award below) to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (edacadaf@msu.edu); do not submit them to Michael Sedlak's personal email address. Make certain that your full name and PID appear at the start of the proposal; no separate title pages; everything must be in Verdana 10 point font; must have page numbers in the footer.

The email to which the proposal is attached should include the following in the Subject Line: Name of the relevant fellowship Application, for example:

 

 

Subject: SRDF12Application, or SRRF12-13Application

We must receive these proposals no later than 11am Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

 

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RFP for Summer Research Fellowship

The award is designed to intensify and accelerate the scholarly development of our students. Doctoral students in the college who are not yet at the dissertation stage are eligible to apply.

The summer fellowship may be used to collect data, to analyze and write-up previously collected research data, to complete an ongoing project, or to move it to the publication stage. The proposal should indicate where the research will be presented or published.

The fellowships are intended to support students' original work, or, possibly, a piece of a larger project which is assigned exclusively to the student. It is not intended to support graduate research assistantship assignments. Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, progress that is expected be made on the project during the summer fellowship period, and the student's academic record, with preference given to students in the early stage of their program (typically to those just finishing their second year, or possibly third year).

Name the file in this fashion exactly (no spaces): SRF12PropYourLastName.doc (for example: SRF12PropSmith.doc).

 

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RFP for Summer Research Renewable Fellowship

This is a new award that will support recipients for two consecutive summers (US12 and US13), conditional upon satisfactory completion of the first summer's assignment. The application should present a scope of work that spans at least the two summers; it should discuss the anticipated nature of progress to be attained by the end of the first summer, and should specify likely deliverables and products (conference presentations, publication proposals) that would be ready at the end of the second summer.

The award is designed to intensify and accelerate the scholarly development of our students. Doctoral students in the college who are not yet at the dissertation stage are eligible to apply.

The summer fellowship may be used to collect data, to analyze and write-up previously collected research data, to complete an ongoing project, or to move it to the publication stage. The proposal should indicate where the research will be presented or published.

The fellowships are intended to support students' original work, or, possibly, a piece of a larger project which is assigned exclusively to the student. It is not intended to support graduate research assistantship assignments. Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, progress that is expected be made on the project during the summer fellowship period, and the student's academic record, with preference given to students in the early stage of their program (typically to those just finishing their first, second, or possibly third year).

Name the file in this fashion exactly (no spaces): SRRF12-13PropYourLastName.doc (for example: SRRF12-13PropSmith.doc).

 

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RFP for Summer Research Development Fellowship

These awards are targeted at very early stage PhD students only; to be eligible, applicants cannot have completed -- by the end of the spring, 2012 semester -- anything beyond their first year (if a full-time residential student), or 18 credits if a non-residential or part-time student.

Unlike the regular Summer Research Fellowships, which support students who are actually pretty far along in a research project, these awards are reserved for those who are in an earlier stage of developing research skills and approaches, those needing to make progress on developing an appropriate researchable question, identifying or customizing methods to pursue a good question, preparing an effective literature review; perhaps collecting initial data, or a combination of these. They are not designed to support the completion of projects and publication, as would be the case with the regular Summer Research Fellowships. Under the eligibility requirements for our two awards, no student could be eligible for both awards: if you are far enough along to compete for the SRF, you are by definition too far along to compete for the SRDF.

Applications should be submitted by individuals, or pairs, or even a trio of students (no more than three), and associated faculty members (again, one or possibly two) if working with a group of three students who would work collaboratively in this sort of research development tutorial.

Recipients would devote full time to this tutorial; no employment whatsoever, or regular course taking is permitted, although, a student could enroll in an independent study that focused on this work.

The teams (minimum one student and one faculty; maximum of three students) should submit a plan of work, no longer than three single-spaced pages, a presentation of the scope of work that details the research skills to be developed and how they will be strengthened, and a statement about prior research skill development on the part of each of the student members. A copy of each student's transcripts is also needed for all participants. The plan should lead off with the names of the students and the names of the faculty who are pledging to oversee the work plan.

The plans must be submitted as email attachments from a lead student in the tutorial.

Name the file in this fashion exactly (no spaces): SRDF12PlanYourLastName.doc (for example: SRDF12PlanSmith.doc).

 

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Outreach and Engagement Fellowships

In line with the university's mission of community outreach and engagement, these fellowships, sponsored by the Department of Teacher Education, are designed to recognize efforts by Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education students who have, through outreach, extended the university's missions and made a significant contribution to the well being of the community outside of the university. The deadline for submitting applications for these fellowships is normally in early spring.

 

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Travel Funding

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. In 2008, the Department of Teacher Education provided each Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education student traveling to professional conferences up to $1,300 of support. Travel/professional Development Fellowships are provided, as needed, on a recurring basis. For travel funding within the Department of Teacher Education, see the forms page for details.

 

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College Scholarships/Fellowships

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 apply for the scholarships / fellowships below, please visit the College of Education's Graduate Endowed Scholarships page.

  • Teacher Education Endowed Fellowship - For continuing doctoral students who are judged to have been making a distinguished contribution to scholarship and the profession.
  • The Marianne Amarel Fellowship for the Scholarship of Teaching - Recipients must be doctoral students from across the College of Education interested in a scholarship of teaching, at the K-12 level or in higher education. The fellowship is intended to help the awardee establish a line of inquiry concerning the scholarship of teaching and learning in a particular subject matter. The awardee can choose to study his/her own teaching or that of other teachers and their students. The fellowship is renewable for up to three years, and provides the grantee with a 50% research assistantship and $1500 in support for travel and research expenses. The awardee is expected to be an active participant in activities sponsored by the Center for the Scholarship of teaching, including pedagogical seminars for university faculty and staff, and the visiting speaker series.
  • The Anderson-Schwille Endowed Fellowship in International Education - Preference in awarding this scholarship will be to a non-U.S. citizen/international student in a College of Education graduate program at MSU (student visa or permanent U.S. resident). Recipients shall be selected on the basis of academic performance and potential (including, but not limited to, the willingness to work with persons from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds). Among applicants who are similar in terms of academic performance and potential, financial need is to be used as the determining factor.
  • The Sheldon Cherney Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Studies in Education Overseas - Recipients shall be admitted students in the College of Education at the Ph.D. level. Preference will be given to: 1st preference: for students who have completed a master's program associated with the Graduate Studies in Education Overseas program and 2nd preference: for students enrolled in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education program with an interest in international education.
  • Cotterman Family Endowment for Education - Recipients of the award shall be candidates for the doctoral degree in the College of Education whose research has practical application and advances the awareness and prestige of MSU and the College of Education.
  • College of Education Alumni Scholarship - For talented students planning a career in education. Minimum GPA of 3.0 required/for students in education.
  • College of Education Alumni Fellowship - For graduate students in education.
  • Clifford E. Erickson Memorial Scholarship - For graduate students in education, or an outstanding teacher, administrator, or educator.
  • David S. Evans Memorial Scholarship - for a graduate student in the College of Education.
  • Hinman Graduate Scholarship - For graduate students in education who are Michigan residents.
  • Janice Marston Memorial Scholarship - For demonstrably needy and worthy graduate students re-entering the College of Education to complete their education.
  • Donald H. Nickerson Scholarship in Cultural Diversity and Minority Concerns - For American ethnic minority graduate students in education. Preference will be given to candidates studying to improve teaching and learning of diverse learners and underserved populations in the United States.
  • Michael Pressley Scholarship in Education - For incoming doctoral and/or master's level students in the areas of Teacher Education and Educational Psychology.

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