COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award

In 2010, the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS) established an endowment to recognize disciplinary leadership by graduate and grad-professional students.

Eligibility and description of the program: Graduate students regularly (not provisional or lifelong) enrolled in a graduate or grad-professional program (not a certificate program only) at MSU and who are in good standing in their programs may apply. Faculty or others are encouraged to nominate a graduate student. Students must be enrolled for the minimum credits to be in full-time status or provide a justification for less than full-time status. 

Consideration will be given to students who have clearly demonstrated leadership in their respective disciplines and/or professional societies at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels while a student at MSU. Examples include: an award from the disciplinary or professional society, invited participation in a panel, presentation or poster session at a disciplinary society meeting, service or leadership on a disciplinary society committee, or leadership role in a nationally-recognized graduate student organization linked to or sponsored by a disciplinary society. This award is not for leadership on MSU committees or governance bodies, even though those are important contributions.

MSU fellowships will be awarded to up to five students at $2,000.00 each. COGS prefers that the award is used to further the leadership skill development of the awardee. Recipients need to be enrolled for the semester in which they receive their funding. MSU must follow federal awarding rules.

NOTE: If you have federal loans or other needs-based loans/aid, the amount of your fellowship award may cause a reduction of your loan(s) or other financial aid. You may still wish to consider the fellowship as this will most likely reduce your total loan debt at graduation. Please seek advice from your Office of Financial Aid Counselor before you turn down a fellowship.

A committee consisting of representative(s) from the Graduate School, 3 members of the COGS membership at large, and 2 graduate program directors will review applications. The committee will select 3-5 candidates and forward to the Dean of the Graduate School who will make the final decision. The Dean may also consider any remaining candidates in the pool.

Application Process

The recipients are selected during Spring Semester 2021 to be awarded the following Fall Semester 2021. Recipients need to be enrolled for the Fall Semester.
Applications are due November 20,2020.

Previous Recipients

2019-20 COGS Leadership Endowment Fellowship Recipients

2020-21 COGS Leadership Endowment Fellowship Recipients

All Previous Recipients