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HDFS Scholarships

Eugene O. Peisner Scholarship

$500 - $1,000. Eligibility: (a) must be an HDFS graduate student (If there are no qualified graduate students the award may be made to a senior within the Department); (b) have demonstrated financial need, to be determined by the MSU Office of Financial Aid; (c) have demonstrated high academic achievement; and (d) have the capacity and motivation to achieve educational professional goals.

Paolucci Scholarship

$1,500 - $2,500. Eligibility: must be admitted to an HDFS graduate program. Must have demonstrated: professional service, public service, or volunteer activity; professional organization membership and activity; research and publication potential; high academic achievement with exemplary performance in HDFS program.

Jean Davis Schlater Dissertation Fellowship Endowment

$1,000 each. Eligibility: (a) must be an HDFS graduate student; (b) must have an approved research proposal for the doctoral dissertation concentration in study of the family with preference given to the following foci: human values, family decision making, family resource management, or family quality of life.

Verna Lee and John Hildebrand Dissertation Fellowship

The amount and number of the awards shall be determined by the HDFS Chairperson. The fellowship shall be for HDFS doctoral students who plan to conduct research and have an approved program plan with a focus on women or minority issues. In addition, with the approval of the HDFS Department Chairperson or the Graduate Program Director, income from the endowed fund may also be allocated for: (1) support of publications based on dissertations completed; (2) support of lectures, symposia, or individual activities concerning issues specific to women and minority populations.

Scholarships from donors

Please visit the HDFS Donations page.

Externally funded fellowships

Receipt of externally funded fellowships worth at least $20,000 (direct costs) now make students eligible for the in-state tuition rate. The in-state tuition rate applies only to the semesters during which the student is supported by the fellowship. For more information contact the HDFS Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program.

Travel Funding

HDFS students often present research and represent our department at national and international conferences. Travel funding is available to support students to attend conferences or other professional development opportunities. Applications are requested in early September for fall semester travel and early December for spring semester travel.

Instructions for applying:

  1. Complete the Graduate School Student Travel Funding application
  2. Prepare a letter that indicates: a) name of conference, dates, location; 2) title and brief abstract of paper or poster presentation (only those who are first author will be sent on to the Graduate School, though they are still eligible for departmental funding); 3) itemization of cost; and 4) emergency contact information.
  3. Have your advisor sign the form and commit funding if possible.
  4. Submit your form to the Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program by the fall or spring deadline as stated (early September and December).

Research Funding

HDFS students often lead their own research projects, for their theses or dissertations, or other projects to build their own lines of independent research. Funds are available to support students to conduct research, paying for things like participant incentives, software, transcription and coding costs, attending workshops/ trainings for specific research skills. 

Submit applications before February 1 for full consideration (late applications will be considered, but may not be fully funded).  

Instructions for applying:

  1. Complete the Graduate School Research Enhancement Application form
  2. Prepare a brief letter addressed to that describes:
    • The title of the research project 
    • A description of the student’s research project written in a way that is understandable to scholars/scientists outside the field 
    • A summary of the proposed research activities including travel information if relevant (dates and location) 
    • Description of how this activity enhances the student’s research project 
    • Detailed budget and budget justification 
    • IACUC or Human Research Protection Program approval letter if the research involves human or animal (IACUC) subjects.
  3. Have your advisor sign the form, and commit funding if possible.
  4. Submit your form to the HDFS Administrative Assistant for Graduate Studies (Phil Reid:, and cc the Director of Graduate Studies (Claire Vallotton: