Walker Hill International Award

The Walker Hill International Award is an award that can be used for pre-dissertation visits to a doctoral research site in a country outside the United States. International students who undertake research in the country of their origin are not eligible. The award amount varies every year, but will be at least $600.

The deadline for this year’s award is March 1st.


To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • Be an MSU doctoral student at the pre-dissertation stage who has completed adequate credits to have pre-dissertation research objectives.
  • Submit a description, appropriateness and feasibility of pre-dissertation research objectives to be accomplished during the period spent abroad.
  • Demonstrate scholarly excellence.
  • Demonstrate character and personal attributes that contribute to a high probability of success in an international setting.

Previous recipients of a Walker Hill Award or an ISP Predissertation Travel Award are not eligible. Financial need may be considered when selecting Walker Hill awardees.

To Apply

To apply for the award, submit the following by March 1st:

  • Completed Walker Hill Award Application Form (docx).
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Letter of application describing how you would use the scholarship funds for your program of study and how your project will contribute to MSU’s reputation as one of the top 100 research universities in the world.
  • Letter of support from your academic or research adviser. (Reference letters are confidential and will only be shared with members of the selection committee.) You may be sent electronically, followed by a signed and sealed hard copy.
  • Letter of support from a second faculty member.
  • Official MSU transcript that includes fall 2018 grades. Transcripts from previously-attended educational institutions are not required.

Submit Your Application

Submit your Walker Hill Award application materials to:

Assistant Dean of Administration
International Studies and Programs
Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 207
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
Phone: +1-517-355-2350
Fax:     +1-517-353-7254
Email: isp.scholarship(at)msu.edu