Current Students


  • Students currently in our program are eligible to compete for funding, even if they were not offered any financial assistance as part of their admission. 

Departmental Sources (all students)

  • Departmental Graduate Assistantships
  • Departmental Fellowships
    • Travel grants. These grants generally support travel to professional meetings at which the student is presenting a paper. Funds may also be available to support travel for conference participation or internships.
    • Study abroad. Grants are available to support graduate student participation in approved MSU study abroad courses.
    • Research enhancement. Small grants are available for travel and other activities that support a student’s research.
    • John (Jake) and Maxine Ferris Global Agribusiness Award. Supports overseas study, international travel, and field trips. Contact the Department Associate Chairperson for details.
    • The Glenn and Sandy Johnson Dissertation Enhancement Fellowship is a special fellowship that provides one or more awards each year to students “to permit attainment of especially high levels of excellence” in Ph.D. dissertation research. Contact the Department Associate Chairperson for details.
    • The Charles H.C. Kao International Student Scholarship supports international students with a demonstrated financial need.
    • A. Allan Schmid Fellowship in Institutional Economics.  Supports student activities and speakers.
  • Funds from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Graduate School (see below) are often available to supplement departmental grants for travel or research enhancement. Students typically apply for funds from all three sources (Department, College, Graduate School), using the appropriate form obtained from the Graduate School. (

Information from The Graduate School

Information from International Studies and Programs

  • The MSU International Studies and Programs office provides a range of opportunities and funding.  These are described on the ISP web site.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

  • The SSRC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit, international association devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences.  View their website for additional information
  • Grants are available for pre-doctoral studies, doctoral dissertation research, and post-doctoral studies.
  • Many grants are available to non-U.S. citizens as well as U.S. citizens.
  • Assistance in preparing proposals (which must be initiated well in advance of submission deadlines) is available on-campus through a group of faculty convened by CASID and the African Studies Center

Funding for Current U.S. Students

Fulbright Student Program for U.S. Citizens

National Security Education Program

National Academy of Sciences Fellowships

  • The Fellowship Office within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academy of Sciences offers a variety of fellowship programs.
  • Links to these programs can be found on the Fellowship Office Web page.
  • For other information, submit an e-mail message to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (202) 334-2872, or fax (202) 334-3419.

Financial Assistance for Minority Students

  • MSU does not offer programs specifically targeted towards minorities. Applicants who have a record of overcoming challenges such as poverty of racial discrimination may be nominated for fellowships by the department.Students do not apply for the funding directly
  • Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities