SHRM Foundation Awards

SHRM Foundation Awards

The SHRM Foundation presents awards annually to exceptional HR professionals, students, academics and researchers.

Michael R. Losey Excellence in HR Research Award

This award recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing contributions to HR research.

A single award of $50,000 is presented annually during SHRM's Volunteer Leader Business Meeting. The SHRM Foundation encourages nominations of academics with a significant body of work in the field of HR research.


Make a Nomination

Nominations for the 2020 Michael R. Losey Excellence in HR Research Award may be submitted to through July 15, 2020. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Who is Eligible

The award recognizes significant past and ongoing contributions to HR research. To be eligible, the nominee must engage with the HR practitioner community, and provide a portfolio of work that reflects a variety of research outputs, including substantial or sole contributions to books, chapters in books and articles in refereed journals such as:

  • Human Resource Management (HRMJ)
  • Journal of Management (JOM)
  • Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP)
  • Academy of Management Journal (AMJ)
  • Personnel Psychology (PP)


What should the nomination package include?

A complete nomination package must include a current detailed CV or resumé and a nomination letter of no more than two pages in length that includes:

  • A summary of the nominee's significant past and continuing research contributions related to the HR profession, including the focal point of the nominee's research
  • A description detailing why the individual is being nominated
  • A complete list of all publications and significant speaking engagements
  • A statement that highlights the nominee's work with HR practitioners

An individual may submit or co-sign the nomination of more than one candidate.


Are there any limitations on whom I can nominate?

This award is open to those who meet the eligibility requirements, with the exception of current SHRM and SHRM Foundation Board members, and members of SHRM volunteer panels. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Although an individual cannot nominate him/herself or submit his/her own nomination package, any other individual may nominate someone who meets the eligibility criteria.


Our SHRM chapter would like to nominate someone. Is that possible?

Only an individual from the chapter may nominate any person who meets the eligibility requirements.


Where can I learn more about previous recipients of the Michael R. Losey Excellence in HR Research Award?

Profiles of the previous recipients are featured at Each profile includes information on the accomplishments of the recipient and will provide a benchmark of achievement that the selection committee considers during its deliberations.

For more information, please contact us at

The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees or national board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards, or scholarships.

Past Michael R. Losey Award Winners
Click on each name to learn more.
2019 - Denise Rousseau, Ph.D.
2018 - Barry Gerhart, Ph.D.

2017 - Herman Aguinis, Ph.D.

2016 - Paul Sparrow, Ph.D.

2015 - Susan E. Jackson, Ph.D.

2014 - Patrick Wright, Ph.D.

2013 - John Boudreau, Ph.D.

2012 - Eduardo Salas, Ph.D.

2011 - Sara Rynes Ph.D.

2010 - Wayne F. Cascio, Ph.D. 

2009 - Benjamin Schneider, Ph.D.

2008 - Herbert G. Heneman III, Ph.D.

2007 - Michael Beer, Ph.D.

2006 - Gary Latham, Ph.D.

2005 - Frank Schmidt, Ph.D.

2004 - Lee Dyer, Ph.D.

2003* - No award presented.

2002 - Edward E. Lawler, III, Ph.D.

* The Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award was suspended in 2003. Consequently, no winner was chosen.

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Master's Degree Students

Prospective or current master's students who are interested in contributing to the HR management field are encouraged to apply for the Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship. The Meisinger Fellowship is for those who want to continue their commitment to the profession by earning a graduate degree in HR.

About Susan R. Meisinger

Susan R. Meisinger was the President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM from March 2002 until her retirement in July 2008. Sue Meisinger has a passion for HR and strongly believes HR professionals must prepare for an HR career by not only gaining experience but also by pursuing a solid, meaningful and stringent education in the field of human resources.

An award of $10,000 is presented annually during SHRM's Volunteer Leader Business Meeting and is renewable for a second year up to $20,000 total.


​Award presented 
​April 1 - August 2
​October 1
Who is Eligible?

  • SHRM member OR an individual who holds a current SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) at the time of application
  • Minimum of three years' work 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
  • The degree program is HR-related field (e.g. psychology, organizational development, MBA)
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in an undergraduate program and 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in a graduate program (if enrolled)
  • Has not received another master's degree in an HR-related program

How to Apply?

  • Online application including:
  • Questions about work experience and career aspirations
  • Current resume
  • Official graduate transcript or undergraduate transcript if not yet enrolled in master's degree program
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to the HR field
  • Work and leadership experience and goals 
  • Participation in university and community activities
  • Demonstration of leadership qualities
  • Academic achievements and all-around academic standing 


Fellowship Requirements

Fellowship recipients will be required to provide evidence of acceptance or enrollment in an HR-related program of study and a current college transcript upon receipt of an official award letter. Fellowship payments are made directly to the recipient's university from SHRM. Applicants who have already completed their studies are not eligible for this award and may not apply for a fellowship to cover past expenses. 

Full-time, part-time, online and distance learning programs are acceptable. Fellowships are for college degree programs only and may not be used to attend professional development seminars.

Recipients will be selected primarily on merit. Applications are reviewed and scored by groups of SHRM volunteers and SHRM Foundation staff. Application materials will not be returned, and all decisions are final.

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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 master's degree program to be eligible for a second year of funding. 

By accepting a fellowship, you are consenting to allow the SHRM Foundation (and the award's sponsor, if any) to use without limitation, and in any media, your name, city, state, photos and captions (if uploaded), and verbiage for marketing and promotional purposes.

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 have opportunities to give back to the HR community, for example: by 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. 

The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees or national board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.


HRM Impact Award

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and SHRM share a deep commitment to promoting human resource management practices that contribute to the success of today’s global organizations, making them better places in which to work. Both societies believe that the way to improve practice is to publicize the best available evidence regarding the usefulness and impact of successfully implemented HRM initiatives. The HRM Impact Award was designed with this in mind.

Annually, SIOP and SHRM will seek applications for the HRM Impact Award. Organizations are invited to submit their most effective evidence-based HR practice or initiative for recognition. Benefits to organizations receiving this award include:

  • Being a recognized leader in the critically important area of HR practice
  • Retaining top HR talent who support and value evidence-based HR practice
  • Attracting top HR talent who want to work for an organization that is a recognized leader in the area of evidence-based HR practice
In addition, the winner of the HRM Impact Award will receive a plaque presented at SHRM and SIOP events and be recognized in various media outlets highlighting the award and the innovative HRM practice or initiative.​ For more information about the award and how to apply, go to: HRM Impact Award

Dissertation Grants

SHRM Foundation Dissertation Grants are awarded to four promising researchers in the field of human resource management at the dissertation stage of their doctoral education. This annual competition is funded by the SHRM Foundation, in partnership with the HR Division of the Academy of Management and is intended to support the dissertation research of doctoral candidates.

Winners of these grants receive a plaque, $5,000 gift from the SHRM Foundation and are honored at the Academy of Management's annual meeting. 

Applicants for this award must be members of the Academy of Management. To learn more or apply please visit the SHRM Foundation Dissertation Grants page on the HR Division pages of the Academy of Management. 

Student Chapter Advisor Impact Award

The SHRM Foundation seeks to develop and empower students and HR professionals.

Nominating an Advisor
Nominations for the award will be accepted from any student chapter officers, members, former members, other faculty or SHRM professional members. Self-nominations will also be accepted. The application deadline is April 30, 2020.

Recognizing that SHRM student chapter advisors are uniquely positioned to inspire, shape and guide the next generation, the SHRM Foundation Student Chapter Advisor Impact Award will honor a deserving SHRM student chapter advisor who has made a positive impact in the life of one or more student members. Examples include:  

  • Introducing the student to the field of HR and inspiring her/him to pursue it.
  • Developing student leaders who go on to hold other leadership roles.
  • Connecting the student to HR professionals in the community and assisting with internship and/or job opportunities.
  • Involving students in service projects that make a difference in the local community.
  • Leading and facilitating efforts to collaborate with another campus, business or community organizations on service, business or educational projects.
The winning advisor will receive:

  • A commemorative plaque
  • $1,000 cash award
  • Complimentary registration to the SHRM2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
  • Travel funding up to $1,000 to attend the SHRM2020 
The award will be presented during the Society's Annual Conference, June 28 - July 1 in San Diego, CA.

Nominations must be made online.

**Winners of the Advisor Impact Award are ineligible to win the award again for five years.

The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees, members of SHRM volunteer panels, national board members of SHRM, HR Institute or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.