Barbara Stewart Thomas and Jim Thomas Graduate Fellowship


Passionate in the belief that all members of society deserve the opportunity to develop to their highest human potential, Barbara and Jim Thomas established this graduate fellowship for individuals whose studies demonstrate the pursuit of "social justice for all". This fellowship offers freedom to the recipient whose passion for social justice can now be further explored by pursuing an advanced education, whether it is in the arts, humanities, social sciences, etc.


Applicants can be Michigan State University graduate students in any discipline. This fellowship will not be based on test scores or grade point averages, but rather the individual's commitment to fighting society's "isms" - including sexism, racism, and ageism. The recipient will invest his or her enhanced social capital to evoke positive action and changes in the community.

Process and application information

Please complete the application form and send the application and required documents to the Graduate School. Applications are due electronically only by email to: by September 23, 2019.

Funding of the award

The award amount for 2019-20 is $1,300.  The awardee must be enrolled for Spring Semester 2020. The awardee will express acceptance and appreciation of the award in writing to the donors prior to receiving the funding.