The MSU International Predissertation Travel Awards

These awards are designed to provide funds for MSU Ph.D. candidates in the predissertation stage in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Arts and Letters (CAL), Education (ED) and Social Science (SSC) for travel outside of the United States during one or more of these semesters: summer, fall and spring.

These awards support travel abroad to your intended dissertation research site for a minimum stay of 60 days in order to immerse yourself in the international research site; investigate the appropriateness of the research problem and methods; identify university, research institute, or NGO partners with which you will affiliate; identify collaborators or mentors in the country; increase your language proficiency; and obtain letters of affiliation or sponsorship from local institutions.

The program seeks to assist MSU graduate students to develop competitive dissertation proposals in national fellowship competitions of the Fulbright, NSF, SSRC, and similar programs.


  • U.S. and international Ph.D. candidates in CANR, CAL, ED, and SSC, who are planning dissertation research in a country outside of the United States, and who are at the predissertation research stage.
  • International students may apply for an award in their home country if they can justify why it is needed.


  • Up to $5,000 for reimbursing costs of international and local travel including required visas, immunizations and medical evacuation insurance; lodging and meals per diem in the international country; and associated costs in the country (e.g., duplicating, taxis, affiliation fees, etc.).

  • Recipients may be eligible for a travel advance prior to purchasing airline tickets and traveling to the research site.
  • The award may be used in conjunction with other funding (e.g., Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships), but may be adjusted accordingly.
    For more information and application, visit: The MSU International Predissertation Travel Awards Website
  • Scholarship 2017/18

    Undergraduate Scholarships,
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.