2020 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship
- SHRM member OR holds a SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)
- Minimum three years experience in HR
- Minimum five years of total professional work experience (including HR experience)
- Accepted or enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program at an accredited university. Universities in the United States must be regionally accredited; universities outside of the United States must be accredited by an accrediting body widely recognized within the country or by the government body that oversees higher education within the country
- Must have at least 50% of the degree requirements remaining
- Degree program is HR-related (e.g. psychology, organizational development, MBA)
- GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate program and 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in graduate program (if enrolled)
- Has not received another Master’s degree in an HR-related program
How to Apply
- 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 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
*Transcripts must be in English. The SHRM Foundation may request an applicant with an international transcript to provide a transcript evaluation (at the applicant's expense), from World Education Services or another reputable service, prior to reviewing an application.
- Demonstrated leadership in HR and potential to be a future HR leader
- Work and leadership experience and goals
- Community involvement
- Undergraduate achievements
Expectations of Fellows
To accept the fellowship, recipients must commit to working in the HR field for a minimum of one year for every year of funding received. They must maintain their HR certification and/or SHRM membership during the fellowship. They must maintain a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and university enrollment in their original degree program to be eligible for a second year of funding.
Fellows who withdraw from their academic program early will be obligated to return any unused funds and will not be eligible for additional award distributions. Fellows who complete their program in good standing are not obligated to pay back the award.
After completing their studies, Meisinger Fellows are encouraged to give back to the HR community, for example: by participating in research studies, becoming certified, serving as a reviewer for SHRM and Foundation publications, serving as a judge for SHRM Foundation scholarships or joining an item-writing panel for SHRM Certification.