SHRM Foundation Awards

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

Chapter Advisor Impact Award

The SHRM Foundation seeks to develop and empower students and HR professionals, and we are proud to announce that the annual Advisor of the Year Award is changing for 2018!

Recognizing that SHRM student chapter advisors are uniquely positioned to inspire, shape and guide the next generation, the new SHRM Foundation 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 other 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 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
  • Travel funding up to $1,000 to attend the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference
The award will be presented during the Society's Annual Conference, June 17-20, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

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.

Nominate an advisor using our 2018 online application. Applications will be accepted online only. Application deadline is March 31, 2018.

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.

HRM Impact Award

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) share a deep commitment to promoting human resource management practices that contribute to the success of today’s global work organizations, making them better places in which to work. Both societies also share a belief that the way to improve practice is to publicize the best available evidence regarding the usefulness and impact of successfully implemented innovative 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 evidence-based 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 who 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

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship-for Master's Degree Students

Fellowship: $10,000, renewable for a second year, up to $20,000 total for a master’s program
Number: One new Fellowship and one renewal Fellowship annually
Deadline: August 15, 2018


  • SHRM member OR holds a SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.)
  • Minimum three years of 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 research university (see list of eligible U.S. universities-R1, R2 & R3) anywhere in the world with at least two years of study still remaining.
  • Has not received another master’s degree.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate program and 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in graduate program (if already enrolled.)
  • Degree program is HR-related (e.g. psychology, HR, organizational development, MBA, etc.) 

How to Apply

Online application including:

  • Contact information.
  • Short answer questions about work experience and career aspirations.
  • Current resume or CV.
  • Undergraduate college transcript and graduate transcript-if already enrolled (official or unofficial.)
  • Copy of acceptance letter to master’s program (if not currently enrolled.)
  • Two or three letters of reference. more details 
  • (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 work colleagues, coaches, professors, volunteer colleagues, etc. but should not come from family members.) 

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership in HR and potential to be a future HR leader
  • Work and leadership experience and goals 
  • Community involvement
  • Undergraduate achievements


Apply              Notified of Results        Award Presented
February 15-August 15…………….October 15 November 

Apply for the Meisinger Fellowship

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

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 are encouraged to give back to the HR community, for example: by participating in research studies, 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. 

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, when this fellowship was created in her honor. 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. During her six-year term as president and CEO, she led the Society and its affiliates to new heights—SHRM's membership increased 29% from 175,000 to 225,000 professionals. 

Additional Information

Fellowship recipients will be required to provide evidence of acceptance or enrollment in an HR-related program of study and a current college transcript. Payments are made directly to the recipient's university. 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.

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.

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

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.

Michael R. Losey Excellence in HR Research Award

This award honors lifetime achievement in human resource research. It recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing research contributions that impact the HR management field.

A single award of $50,000 is presented annually to further the field of human resource management. Nominations are encouraged for scholars with a significant body of work in the field of HR. 

View the Losey Award flyer

Who is Eligible

This prestigious award recognizes significant contributions to the HR field through empirical research and its application to practice. To be eligible, a nominee must possess a broad and deep track record of contributions to the HR discipline through research, as well as interactions with the practitioner community. Examples include: speaking and consulting engagements, authoring books, book chapters or journal articles that have affected how HR is practiced.

The winning nominee will also have an extensive body of published research in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals such as:

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

How to Make a Nomination

Please download and review the Losey Award Flyer for detailed information on submitting a nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations for the 2018 award may be submitted through July 15, 2018.

Questions? Contact Elissa Soares 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, 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.