Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship For Graduate Study in HR

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Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship is named in honor of Susan R. Meisinger, chief executive officer and president of SHRM(2002-2008), who believes that HR professionals should get strong and meaningful education with relevant experience in the field of Human Resources.

Eligibility is strictly restricted to a student enrolled in an HR master’s degree program in the university accredited by the government or the body widely known and recognized within that country. Students from more than 239 countries including India are eligible. The fellowship winner is selected annually on merit bases and awarded by 10,000 USD which is renewable for next year, hence the total amount awarded is 20,000 USD.

In its six-year term, the SHRM's membership increased by 29 percent. This fellowship started in 2008 during her retirement. Additional fellowships can be awarded depending upon the quality and quantity of applicants, and funding available. Doctoral students are not eligible including Ph.D.s and DBAs.

Some significant benefits of the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR are:

Award Amount20,000 USD
Award Duration2 years
Applicable ProgramsMasters Degree in Human Resources field

Note: The fellowship cannot be used to attend professional development seminars, it is only for college degree programs which can be online, part-time, Full-time programs.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based
Offered byTrust
OrganizationSHRM Foundation
Application Deadline Aug 01 ,2020
No. of Scholarships2
Amount$20,000
Renewabilityyes, Yearly
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttps://www.shrm.org/foundation/ourwork/awards/all-awards/pages/default.aspx

Eligibility Criteria

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship is designed for an academically outstanding student, who is enrolled in a Master’s Degree program related to HR like organizational development, MBA, psychology, etc and should have a 50% degree remaining at least. Also, candidates must be SHRM certified or SHRM members.

Academic Eligibility for Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship

Prospective UG and PG applicants for Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship are expected to fulfill the following academic-based requirements:

  • Academics: An excellent academic record with a GPA of more than 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in the UG program and 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 in the PG program.
  • Degree Requirement: The applicant should not have received any other Master’s degree in an HR-related field.

Along with these academic requirements, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Work Experience: A person should have at least five years of professional experience and three years of HR experience.
  • University Selection: An applicant may choose any university to study abroad. However, there are some regulations for the selection of the university.
    • If the university is in the USA, then it needs to be regionally accredited.
    • If it is a university outside of the USA, then it must be accredited by the government’s higher education or any equivalent body.

Note: There are no eligibility criteria for this fellowship based on race, sexual orientation, gender, color, religion, ancestry, citizenship or national origin, marital status because of the non-discrimination policy of the SHRM Foundation.


Application Process

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship 2020, for Graduate Study in HR, invites application each year. As a prospective candidate, you have to complete the online Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship Application and submit it, along with all the documents.

Student Supporting Documentation

Applicants must provide the following student supporting documents at the time of Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship application submission:

  • Contact information and details of past work experiences and projected career path.
  • Transcripts of Undergraduate college and Graduate college(if enrolled).
    • The transcripts must be written in English.
    • For transcript evaluation, the SHRM Foundation can request a person from any reputable service like World Education Services.
  • If a student is not currently enrolled in any master’s program then, a copy of the acceptance letter needs to be submitted.
  • Two reference letters highlighting the person’s values, work ethics, characters, and career accomplishments.
    • Must be addressed to the “SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee”.
    • Should be written by professors, colleagues, or coaches.
  • A copy of an updated CV or resume

Selection Process

The selection depends on various factors, which determine a student's capabilities and achievements. The recipient of the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship is selected based on factors like,

  • Academic Excellence during an undergraduate degree
  • Leadership Quality
  • Students Achievements
  • Community Service
  • Work experiences
  • Financial requirement
  • potential to become a successful HR leader
  • Career Objective

As a result of the selection process, two students or professionals are awarded annually,

  • one person is an award recipient of the previous year whose fellowship gets renewed for a year and
  • The other is the recipient of that year.

T&C for Renewing Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship

The student must fulfill the given requirements to continue the receipt of the award for the next year, after achieving the year in his first year of Masters study:

  • During the fellowship period, a recipient needs to work in the HR field and continue SHRM membership or HR certification.
  • A candidate is expected to give back to the community by serving as a judge of SHRM scholarships, reviewer of SHRM publication, participation in any research studies or item-writing panel of SHRM Certification.

Grant Details

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship is sponsored by SHRM and SHRM foundation. It covers only Tuition & Fees and Accommodation of the student. Important dates for Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship 2020 are:

Application AcceptedNotificationAward Presented
April 1 - August 2, 2020October 1, 2020November 2020

Terms & Conditions for the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship 2020

Along with the fulfillment of the minimum eligibility criteria, a student must also learn about the important terms and conditions relating with Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship, which are as follows:

  • Employees of the SHRM foundation including national board members and their immediate family members are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • The fellowship amount cannot be used for Living, Travel, Health Cover or any other Expense by the candidate.
  • The SHRM foundation can use recipient name, photo and other details in any media for promotional and marketing purposes.
  • If any recipient dropouts in the middle of their academic program, they are bound to pay back the unused funds.

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