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Graduate Award Opportunities

Prospective and current graduate students have many opportunities to receive funding awards throughout their career at MSU.  Funding awards are available from the Graduate School of MSU, the Department of Economics, and the College of Social Science.  These awards are described below. 

Prospective Student Funding Awards
Based on a student’s accomplishments and interests as described in his/her application to the Economics Department, the Graduate Director and Graduate Admissions Committee will submit some applications to one of three university-wide competitions for funding.  In addition, the Economics Department makes a limited number of internal funding awards to the strongest applicants. 

University Fellowships Awarded to Economics Department Applicants
(1)  The Graduate School awards a limited number of University Distinguished Fellowships (UDF) and University Enrichment Fellowships (UEF) to prospective students.  Please see http://grad.msu.edu/universityfellowships/ for more information on these fellowships.  Note that one must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for these fellowships. 

University Distinguished Fellowships

2012 Traviss Cassidy
2010 Daniel Litwok    
2009 Brian Stacy and Chad Lee
2004 Katherine Landry

University Enrichment Fellowships

2012 Christopher Rojas 
2011 Keith Teltser
2004 Victor Balseca, Tybyu Burch, and Michael Carlton
2003 Sanders Chang, Shaun Holness
2001 Pedro Almoguera

Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantships
(2)  The Graduate School awards Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantships (AAGA) to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who enhance the educational diversity of the student body of the program into which they are admitted (as evidenced in personal history and experience or research goals), or who would promote understanding among persons of different background and ideas, or who have demonstrated significant academic achievement by overcoming barriers such as economic, social, or educational disadvantage. Please see http://grad.msu.edu/aaga/ for more information. 

2013  Quinton Baker, Maciej Wachala
2012  Danielle Kaminski, Sarajane Parsons, John Andrew Withers
2011  Gerard Taylor
2010  Amanda Stype
2009  No incoming AAGA students
2008  Quentin Brummet, Michael Busch, Vladimir Fleurimond
2007  Timothy Fijalkovich, Stacy Miller, Elizabeth Quin, Andrew Webb
2006  Shannon Wobbe
2005  Juan Medina, Brian Moore
2004  Nicole Funari
2003  Deborah Foster
2002  Amena Mohammed
2001  Margaret Loudermilk

(3)  The Environmental Science and Policy Program, an umbrella program for research and graduate education at Michigan State, awards the Environmental Science & Policy Program Fellowship (ESPP)  to applicants with research interests in their discipline related to the environment.   Please see http://www.espp.msu.edu/espp_funding/doctoral_fellowship.pdf for more information.

2012  Richard Ryan
2008  Richard Melstrom

Current Student Funding Awards
The Graduate School provides resources for students working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related fields, and for travel and data collection.  The Department also selects students to compete for Dissertation Completion Fellowships awarded by the College of Social Science to students in their final semester.  These opportunities are described below. 

In addition, the Economics Department offers competitive summer funding and/or teaching opportunities to students who have completed their field exams.  Resources permitting, the Economics Department may also award funds to students in their first year based on their first semester performance. 

(4)  The Graduate School accepts applications for Alliances for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) Scholar Awards twice a year.  AGEP at Michigan State University is a National Science Foundation program that supports recruitment, retention, and graduation of U. S. students in doctoral programs of the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and engineering.  Graduate students in good standing may apply for an AGEP Scholar Award of $2000 each year.  Please see http://grad.msu.edu/agep/scholar.aspx for more information.  You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply for this award.

(5)  The Office of the Vice President for Research provides funds for Research Enhancement Awards and also Graduate Student Travel Awards that are administered by the Graduate School.  The research enhancement awards are available to support research activities including travel to participate in workshops, short courses, and extramural laboratory rotations, and data collection.  The travel awards are to support expenses for graduate students to travel to present their research at professional conferences.  Awards range from $500-$1,000.  Please see http://grad.msu.edu/forms/docs/researchaward.pdf for information on the research enhancement award and http://grad.msu.edu/fellowships/travel.aspx for information on travel awards.  Both awards must be submitted through our department graduate office.

(6) Students presenting at International Meetings/Conferences where the paper/research incorporates a clear international component can also apply for MSU-CIBER grants.  MSU-CIBER operates on a monthly review cycle, and proposals may be submitted at any time. More information on this funding can be found at http://global.broad.msu.edu/grants/ProfessionalGrant.aspx.

(7)  The College of Social Science awards Dissertation Completion Fellowships that are administered by the Graduate School.  These fellowships allow students to devote full time to writing their dissertation with the goal that the dissertation will be completed during the tenure of the fellowship.  Please see http://grad.msu.edu/fellowships/dissertation.aspx for more information.  Faculty are required to submit student nominations to the Graduate Director for this award.  Students may not apply for these fellowships on their own; they should discuss their suitability for this award with their primary advisor.

External Funding Opportunity
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
(8) Their Fellowship Programs, offered through the National Academy of Sciences, seeks to increase faculty diversity at U.S. colleges and universities. Fellowships are made at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels to students who demonstrate academic excellence, a commitment to pluralism and a strong interest in teaching and research. Only U.S. citizens or nationals in research-based fields are eligible. For more information, contact office-secretary@fordfoundation.org

Prize Awards Made by the Department of Economics
Peter Schmidt Award
This award is given in the student’s second year of the PhD program to the student who, based on his or her performance during the first year, shows the most promise for a distinguished career in economics.  This $500 fellowship is awarded in the spring.

2016 Jaemin Ryu
2013 Doosoo Kim
2012 Kyoungbo Sim
2011 Kyong Hyun Koo
2010 Sang-Hyun Kim 
2009 Quentin Brummet
2008 Otávio Bartalotti
2007 Se Hoon Bang
2006 Youngjoo Choi

Red Cedar Award
A travel award of $500 is given to the student whose research paper and presentation are judged by the faculty to be the best at the department’s annual spring Red Cedar Conference.

2016 (Co-Winners):
Soo Jin Kim – “Paid Peering and Investment Incentives”
Hwanoong Lee – "Do Focus Schools Focus on the bottom Students?"

Doosoo Kim – “Relative Efficiency of Quasi-Limited Information Maximum Likelihood Estimator”

2014 (Co-Winners):
Wei Lin – “Estimating Nonlinear Model with Endogenous Explanatory Variables, Using Control Function and Quasi-LIML”
Mark Tremblay – "Homogeneous Platform Competition with Heterogeneous Consumers"

2013 (Co-Winners):
Christopher Khawand – “Air Quality, Mortality, and Perinatal Health: Casual Evidence from Wildfires Escalation of Civil Contact”
Daniel Litwok – “Spillover Effects of Graduated Driver Licensing”

2012 (Co-Winners):
Cheol Keun Cho – “Fixed b Inference in a Time Series Regression with a Structural Break”
Soobin Kim – “Intergenerational Mobility in Korea:  Two Sample Approach”
Honorable Mention to Brian Stacy – “Teacher Value-Added Estimation with Heteroskedastic Measurement Error”

2011 (Co-Winners):
Yeonjei Jung – “Co-Marketing with Price Discrimination”
Kyungmin Kim – “Multi-Product Competition in the Global Economy“

Otávio Bartalotti – “Inverse Probability Weighted Estimation for Non-Smooth Objective Functions in General Missing Data Problems”
Honorable Mention to Cui Cui Lu – “Regression Estimation with Spatial Data”

2009 (Co-Winners):
Se Hoon Bang – “Behavior-Based Price Discrimination Favorable to Repeat Customers”
Desu Liu – “Future Income and the Relationship Between Relative Risk Aversion and Demand for Risky Assets”

2008:  (No Award Given)

Jaesoo Kim – “The Intensity of Competition in the Hotelling Model: A New Generalization and Applications”
Honorable Mention to Wei-Chih Chen – “Network Externality, Compatibility, and Foreign Entry Mode” and Nicholas Sly – “Turnover and Technology”

2006 (Co-Winners):
Merve Cebi – “The Effect of Husband’s Health Insurance on Married Women’s Labor Supply”
Byung-Cheol Kim – “Bundling Incentives to Raise Switching Costs”

2005 (Co-Winners):
Nathan Cook – “Motivations for Export Platform FDI as a Strategy for Serving Foreign Markets”
Patrice Whitely – “What is the Direction of Causality between Trade and Growth? A Panel Data Granger Causality Study”

Margaret Loudermilk – “Estimation of Fractional Dependent Variables in Dynamic Panel Data Models with an Application to Firm Dividend Policy”

Jiyoung Kwon – “The Effect of Concentration on Price in the Airline Industry”

Pungpond Rukumnuaykit

Mark Jahn – “Are There Exploitable Market Inefficiencies in Online Auctions?”
Kyeongwon Yoo – “Saving for a Rainy Day?  An Analysis of Farm Household Grain Storage Decisions in Rural China”


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