Emergency Fellowship Funding

The Graduate School has a limited amount of Emergency Funding available to graduate students for unusual or unforeseen emergency expenses. This funding available for graduate students for unusual or unforeseen emergency expenses and is only for graduate students pursuing a degree program. Please be aware that emergency funds are intended to provide one-time-only support. Please note: If awarded, this fellowship does not provide student health insurance or tuition/fee waivers.

Requests by graduate students for emergency funding should be emailed to the Graduate School at gradschool@grd.msu.edu with the proper signatures and documentation.

Directions for Graduate School Emergency Funding:

  1. Complete the Emergency Fellowship Funding application in full and submit with requested and supporting documents attached.
  2. A letter from the student requesting Emergency Fellowship Funding must accompany the application and describe in succinct detail the:
    1. Purpose of the request for emergency funds
    2. Amount requested
    3. Other avenues explored for possible funding
    4. A budget summary of income, expenses, and the amount requested.
  3. Signature of the major professor certifies that the student is making satisfactory progress toward degree in a graduate program. Additional support documents such as a letter from the major professor, should be included.
  4. Signatures and funding amounts must be obtained from the Major Professor, Department Chair and Dean/Associate Dean of the College. The Office for International Students and Scholars (103 International Center) must review and endorse requests from international students as well.

Requests by graduate students for emergency funding should be emailed to the Graduate School at gradschool@grd.msu.edu with the proper signatures and documentation. A decision on support will be made and applicants notified within 3 business days after submission of a complete application. However, it will likely take at least two weeks for the funds to be disbursed.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have Stafford 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 reduce your total loan debt at graduation. Please seek advice from your Office of Financial Aid Counselor before you turn down a fellowship.

Emergency Fellowship Funding Application (PDF)