Mary Louise Gephart Donnell Fellowship


Mary Louise Gephart Donnell and her husband, John Washington Donnell, were instructors at Michigan State University. Mrs. Donnell taught in home economics. From 1960-1969, she was Chairperson of the Department, then known as the Department of Textiles, Clothing, and Related Arts. The original purpose of the Fund was to provide fellowships in the Department of Human Environment and Design in the College of Human Ecology. Since those units no longer exist, the fellowship is now open to MSU graduate students in any discipline related to human environment and design.


Enrolled MSU graduate students in good standing studying or researching any discipline related to human environment and design, including, but not limited, to interior design, retailing, and apparel and textile design are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
Fellowship funds may be used for degree progress, travel or research costs.

Process and awarding information

Please complete the application form and email the application and required documents to the Graduate School at by November 15, 2019 updated to February 21, 2020.
A review committee will be made up from one member of each of the following colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, and Communication Arts and Sciences.
Awardees will be selected by January, 2020 updated to March, 2020.  Awardee can choose which semester (SS20 or US20) they would like to receive the funds.

Funding of the award

A maximum of six $3,000 fellowships will be awarded to the recipients. The awardees will express acceptance and appreciation of the award in writing to the Graduate School prior to receiving the funding.