SHRM Announces New Premier HR Graduate Study Fellowship

Feb 5, 2009
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Award Salutes Next Generation of HR Leaders

Alexandria, Va. – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is now accepting entries for the first-ever Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship recognizing excellence in advancing the human resource profession.The graduate-level award honors the historic contributions of former SHRM President and CEO, Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, and will focus on developing the next generation of HR leaders.

This inaugural award exemplifies Meisinger’s passion for the profession and her strong belief that meaningful HR-specific coursework at the graduate level plays a vital role in an HR professional’s success throughout his or her career.

“It is with great pride that we acknowledge the dedication and achievements of the extraordinary future HR leaders,” said Deb Cohen, SHRM’s chief knowledge officer. “This new HR Fellowship will be given to the best and the brightest in our profession, and to those business-focused individuals who want to continue to contribute to HR in a significant way not only by earning a graduate degree in HR, but through a commitment to enhance the growth of the profession for decades to come.”

The Fellowship will provide up to $10,000 annually for no more than two years of graduate study in HR. To be eligible, an HR professional must either be a member of SHRM or hold a professional certification (i.e., PHR, SPHR or GPHR) from the HR Certification Institute. Additionally, the candidate must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall in his or her undergraduate major based on a four-point grading scale.
  • Have at least 10 years of work experience, with a minimum of five years in HR.
  • Have been accepted into a qualified graduate program within or outside of the United States.

Awards will be announced annually in conjunction with SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, June 28-July 1, 2009. 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. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2009.

The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship is a collaboration among SHRM, the HR Certification Institute and the SHRM Foundation. Applications can be downloaded at


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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the U.S. and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM at

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