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International Certification Scholarships


In partnership with the SHRM Certification Preparation products, the SHRM Foundation will award up to five international certification scholarships of $800 USD in 2014. HR professionals outside the United States who are pursuing professional certification as a Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP℠) or Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP℠) are invited to apply.

(Note: Individuals pursuing GPHR certification are not eligible for this award, but may apply for a different Certification Scholarship Program.) 

The HRBP and HRMP are globally relevant credentials for HR practitioners outside of the United States.  Designed to validate core human resource knowledge and skills, these credentials demonstrate mastery of generally accepted HR principles.

Scholarship funds must be used for either HRBP or HRMP exam fees, and/or the purchase of certification preparation products or to attend a certification preparation course offered by an approved SHRM Education Partner. (Please note: Funds may not be used for other types of test preparation.)  Proof of registration and/or purchase receipts must be submitted prior to receiving scholarship funds.

Apply for an International Certification Scholarship

Who is Eligible 

  • Human resource professionals and HR educators located outside the United States who have taken an HRBP or HRMP certification exam in the 2014 calendar year are eligible to apply. Also eligible are those preparing to sit for an exam within the next year. More information on certification.
  • Employees or board members of SHRM, HRCI or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.
  • Applications cannot be accepted from countries currently embargoed under regulations administered by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”).

  • How to Apply

    To apply for this scholarship, just complete and submit the online application using the link at the end of this section. Applications must be submitted in English. No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted.

    The application includes contact information and a series of short answer questions about your teaching and/or volunteer experience and your career aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a current resume and one letter of reference.

    Reference letters should be addressed to the “SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee” and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship.

    Selection Criteria

    Scholarship recipients will be selected on the strength of the applicant’s work experience and commitment to a career in human resource management, volunteer and teaching experience, and financial need.  This is a competitive process. Not everyone who applies will receive an award.

    Scholarship applications are reviewed and evaluated by an international team of HR volunteers based on the following criteria. Teams may include a mix of HR professionals, consultants and academics. All decisions are final.


    Applications must be completed and submitted online by July 15, 2014. All applicants will be notified of the scholarship results by October 15. Scholarship funds will be distributed by the end of the year, after receipt of tax ID.