Graduate Student Scholarships and Fellowships

Summary of Funding Competitions

Funding OpportunityDue DateEligibility for Doctoral StudentsFundsAmount
Summer Research FellowshipsFall: NovemberStudents in their 2nd year & beyond, but not yet at the dissertation stage2 months of full-time summer research*$6,000
Dissertation or practicum supportSee ChairsStudents conducting research for their dissertation or practicumHard costs of dissertation or practicumVaries; $4,000 max
Dissertation Completion Fellowships (DCF)FallStudents in final year of doctoral studiesWriting time for solo-authored dissertation$7,000
Summer Research Development FellowshipsWinter: JanuaryStudents in 1st year, unless already funded via University Distinguished or Enrichment Fellowships2 months of full-time summer research*$6,000
College Endowed ScholarshipsSpring: MarchVariesVaries; Usually cash awardVaries
Multi-Year Recruitment FellowshipWinter: JanuaryVariesVaries from one-time awards to multi-yearVaries
*Funds student’s original, independent work (not research on faculty member’s project or team project); can be pro-rated

College of Education PhD Fellowship Competitions

These fellowships are awarded through a competitive process each year. Students will receive notification of the scholarship process via their MSU-issued email from the doctoral1 student listserv. You must be an enrolled student to receive the notification. Individual awards will be posted online and shared via the College newsletter at least one month in advance of the award deadlines.

1 Limited number of scholarships for Master’s students may be available on the College Endowed Scholarships site.


College of Education Recruitment Fellowships & Scholarships

The College of Education, with additional funding from the Graduate School, provides more than $2 million to support doctoral1 student education in the form of fellowships and scholarships each year. Fellowships, typically awarded on a competitive basis, are designed to help recruit exemplary students and cover costs such as research, tuition, living expenses, and professional development. Fellowships are often combined with graduate assistantship opportunities.

1 Limited number of scholarships for Master’s students may be available on the Recruitment Fellowships & Scholarships site.


College Endowed Scholarships

There are additional endowed scholarships and external funds offered through individual departments and programs in the College of Education.


Professional Development Fellowships

There are limited funds to support various forms of professional development. This means that doctoral students presenting the results of scholarly research at national or international conferences, for example, may request support for travel or other extraordinary expenses from their department chairs and from their department fellowship representatives. The Graduate School also provides limited support for similar activities.