TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Graduate Merit Fellowship
All MSU doctoral students whose dissertation research is related to the African Diaspora are eligible to apply for this Fellowship. Such research is focused on any aspect of the communities of people descended from the voluntary or forced historic movement of African peoples to other parts of the world.
TIAA-CREF established the Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship at TIAA-CREF in 2005 to honor the memory and life's work of Dr. Ruth Simms Hamilton ("Dr. Hamilton"), a former professor at MSU and member of the TIAA-CREF Board of Trustees. Dr. Hamilton's 35-year-long career at MSU included appointments in the Department of Sociology, the African Studies Center, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. She was an early pioneer of research concerning the African Diaspora, the dispersion and settlement of African people after leaving the African continent. Dr. Hamilton was a valued member of the TIAA-CREF Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2003, serving on the Board's Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committees from 1990 to 2003, as well as the Board's Executive Committee. The creation of the TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Graduate Merit Fellowship at MSU is a natural and appropriate step to ensure continued recognition of Dr. Hamilton. It will provide fellowships for future graduate students whose scholarly work honors the high standards Dr. Hamilton set.
Process and application information
One fellowship will be awarded (~$35,000) early Spring 2014. The recipient must be enrolled Spring 2014 to receive the funds. The Fellow may travel to support research, present at a conference, support the collection of data, or complete writing the dissertation.
Recipient is expected to express acceptance of and appreciation for the award to TIAA-CREF, and to participate in an awards reception at MSU during Spring 2014.
Nominations/Applications are due to the Graduate School by 5:00 PM December 10, 2013 (see application for details).
An advisory committee of Graduate Associate Deans and faculty at MSU will advise the Dean of the Graduate School on the selection of the Fellow for 2013-14.
The Application/Nomination form must be completed. Each application must be accompanied by one letter of support and a signature of the major advisor (if that person is not writing the support letter).