To all PhD students in the College of Education

We are announcing three Summer research funding opportunities for US11. We are continuing our regular Summer Research Fellowships (SRF11), and our recently-established Summer Research Development Fellowships (SRDF11) for first-year PhD students. We are also adding new two-year Summer Research Renewable Fellowships (SRRF11-12). Details and application procedures follow.

General Terms and Procedures

The awards will consist of a fellowship for $6000 (SRF and SRRF) or $5000 (SRDF), which will be paid in April, 2011. The fellowships are designed to support students full-time, so recipients may not enroll in any courses, nor hold any other work assignments during the summer semester. Recipients of University Fellowship awards who are in their initial fellowship year, are not eligible to receive one of these awards (MSU Fellowship recipients are already full-funded during the summer following their first year, and are required to enroll in at least one course).

The programs will also provide $500 to the faculty mentor who agrees to oversee a student's project. At the end of summer, by approximately August 15, 2011, recipients will be expected to submit an email to me that summarizes their accomplishments. Because the fellowship will be paid in April, recipients must be enrolled during the spring semester.

Applications for all three fellowships should be structured similarly (although the content will differ considerably). Each complete proposal will include:

1. A three-page (single-spaced) proposal that outlines the goals of the project. References and essential brief supplementary matter can exceed the three page limit. Please list your faculty mentor's name on the line following your own name and PID at the beginning of the proposal. The final page of the proposal (following references) should include an additional sheet consisting of the applicant's MSU PhD transcript. Here is how you secure and insert your MSU transcript (submit only your PhD coursework):

1) go to stuinfo.msu.edu and login
2) select Courses By Term
3) under File tab choose Select All
4) copy and paste to the Word document

2. An email statement to me from prospective faculty mentors agreeing to oversee the project, if funded. This is not a letter of recommendation; just a sentence agreeing to mentor the project.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically as Word attachments (see filenaming rules under each award below) to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (edacadaf@msu.edu); do not submit them to my personal email address. Make certain that your full name and PID appear at the start of the proposal; no separate title pages; everything must be in Verdana 10 point font; must have page numbers in the footer.

The email to which the proposal is attached should include the following in the Subject Line:

[Name of the relevant fellowship Application, for example

Subject: SRDF11Application, or SRRF11-12Application

We must receive these proposals no later than 11am Monday, January 10, 2011.



Request for Proposals for 2011 Summer Research Fellowships

The award is designed to intensify and accelerate the scholarly development of our students. Doctoral students in the college who are not yet at the dissertation stage are eligible to apply.

The summer fellowship may be used to collect data, to analyze and write-up previously collected research data, to complete an ongoing project, or to move it to the publication stage. The proposal should indicate where the research will be presented or published.

The fellowships are intended to support students' original work, or, possibly, a piece of a larger project which is assigned exclusively to the student. It is not intended to support graduate research assistantship assignments. Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, progress that is expected be made on the project during the summer fellowship period, and the student's academic record, with preference given to students in the early stage of their program (typically to those just finishing their second year, or possibly third year).

Name the file in this fashion exactly (no spaces): SRF11PropYourLastName.doc (for example: SRF11PropSmith.doc)


Request for Proposals for 2011 Summer Research Renewable Fellowships

This is a new award that will support recipients for two consecutive summers (US11 and US12), conditional upon satisfactory completion of the first summer's assignment. The application should present a scope of work that spans at least the two summers; it should discuss the anticipated nature of progress to be attained by the end of the first summer, and should specify likely deliverables and products (conference presentations, publication proposals) that would be ready at the end of the second summer.

The award is designed to intensify and accelerate the scholarly development of our students. Doctoral students in the college who are not yet at the dissertation stage are eligible to apply.

The summer fellowship may be used to collect data, to analyze and write-up previously collected research data, to complete an ongoing project, or to move it to the publication stage. The proposal should indicate where the research will be presented or published.

The fellowships are intended to support students' original work, or, possibly, a piece of a larger project which is assigned exclusively to the student. It is not intended to support graduate research assistantship assignments. Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, progress that is expected be made on the project during the summer fellowship period, and the student's academic record, with preference given to students in the early stage of their program (typically to those just finishing their first, second, or possibly third year).

Name the file in this fashion exactly (no spaces): SRRF11-12PropYourLastName.doc (for example: SRRF11-12PropSmith.doc)


Request for Proposals for 2011 Summer Research Development Fellowships

These awards are targeted at very early stage PhD students only; to be eligible, applicants cannot have completed -- by the end of the spring, 2011 semester -- anything beyond their first year (if a full-time residential student), or 18 credits if a non-residential or part-time student.

Unlike the regular Summer Research Fellowships, which support students who are actually pretty far along in a research project, these awards are reserved for those who are in an earlier stage of developing research skills and approaches, those needing to make progress on developing an appropriate researchable question, identifying or customizing methods to pursue a good question, preparing an effective literature review; perhaps collecting initial data, or a combination of these. They are not designed to support the completion of projects and publication, as would be the case with the regular Summer Research Fellowships. Under the eligibility requirements for our two awards, no student could be eligible for both awards: if you are far enough along to compete for the SRF, you are by definition too far along to compete for the SRDF.

Applications should be submitted by individuals, or pairs, or even a trio of students (no more than three), and associated faculty members (again, one or possibly two) if working with a group of three students who would work collaboratively in this sort of research development tutorial.

Recipients would devote full time to this tutorial; no employment whatsoever, or regular course taking is permitted, although, a student could enroll in an independent study that focused on this work.

The teams (minimum one student and one faculty; maximum of three students) should submit a plan of work, no longer than three single-spaced pages, a presentation of the scope of work that details the research skills to be developed and how they will be strengthened, and a statement about prior research skill development on the part of each of the student members. A copy of each student's transcripts is also needed for all participants. The plan should lead off with the names of the students and the names of the faculty who are pledging to oversee the work plan.

The plans must be submitted as email attachments from a lead student in the tutorial.

Name the file in this fashion exactly (no spaces): SRDF11PlanYourLastName.doc (for example: SRDF11PlanSmith.doc)


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Michael W. Sedlak
Professor of History of Education &
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Education
207 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

517.432.1260
msedlak@msu.edu
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