Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR

The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR is a premier source of funding for first-time master's degree students in Human Resources. The award honors former SHRM President & CEO, Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR.

The fellowship is designed to support master’s degree students who are either members of SHRM or certified HR professionals. Sponsored jointly by SHRM and the SHRM Foundation, the fellowship supports those who want to leverage significant past contributions to the HR management field and who plan to continue contributing to the profession by earning a master’s degree in HR.

One winner is selected annually to receive a fellowship of up to $10,000. Additional fellowships may be awarded, depending on funding available, quantity and quality of applicants, and the discretion of SHRM. Each fellowship is renewable for one additional year for a total of two years of graduate study and up to $20,000 total for the fellowship. Doctoral students, including DBAs and Ph.D.s, are not eligible for this award.

How to Apply

Online application including:

  • Contact information
  • Questions about work experience and career aspirations
  • Current resume or CV
  • Undergraduate college transcript and graduate transcript-if already enrolled (official or unofficial)
  • Copy of acceptance letter to Master’s degree program (if not currently enrolled)
  • Two or three letters of reference 
  • (Reference letters can 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. Letters may be written by colleagues, coaches, professors, volunteer colleagues, but cannot come from family members

Application Deadline: August 15, 2018


The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees or national board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.

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