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Ruth E. Hall Fund for Graduate Student Professional Development

Ruth E. Hall Fund for Graduate Student Professional Development: Gift money from Department of Family Social Science alumni, faculty, and friends is allocated in the amount of $400 for out-of-state travel and up to $600 for travel to international professional conferences to support graduate students who present scholarship and/or have major roles in a conference.

The Ruth E. Hall application can be found on the forms page. Submit to Graduate Student Services Support (290B McNH) the following documents at least two weeks before domestic travel, and four weeks before international travel: application, evidence of the role of presentation must accompany the application, CEHD Travel Authorization Form, which can be found here, and email the APA-style citation of your presentation. If your presentation is a poster, submit your poster to the department communications associate when you return.

Students traveling outside the U.S. are also required to register with the Global Programs & Strategy (GPS) Alliance office. Submit copies of your University-approved international travel, health, and security insurance, and the Student Release and Waiver form along with your Ruth E. Hall application.

After students graduate, they will be encouraged to contribute to the Ruth E. Hall fund for future student support; this fund is built on reciprocity. Students are not limited in the number of times they may apply for these funds.


Students may apply for a travel grant from GradSEHD. Applicants are eligible for one travel grant per year. Applications must be received in the GradSEHD office approximately two months prior to travel dates. See the website for application instructions.

Neubeck/Maddock Scholarship

This award is to be presented to a student who is giving a paper, who is a recipient of an award, or who is meeting some other professional responsibility at NCFR or another organization appropriate to the content of family social science. Travel grant(s) may be awarded to FSoS graduate students working towards a master’s or doctoral degree. The department sends out an announcement in September when applications are due.

COGS Travel Fund

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) gives awards to Master’s and Ph.D. students for travel to conferences and educational programs.

Departmental Fellowships and Awards

Department of Family Social Science assistantships and fellowships are available to students enrolled in M.A. (Plan A or B) or Ph.D. degree programs in family social science, and to M.Ed. (Plan C) in Family Education (where specified under award criteria).

Application information will be emailed to students early spring semester.

Available Academic Year Awards - M.A. and Ph.D.

Mary Ellen McFarland Assistantship

Dr. Charlotte Biester established the graduate assistantship in honor of Mary Ellen McFarland to recognize her service, achievement, and leadership in home economics and to encourage students to prepare for advanced service in the family field. Mary Ellen McFarland served as President of the American Home Economics Association (AHEA), Chair of AHEA Foundation Board, President of the Minnesota Home Economics Association, and held other national and international offices.

David & Karen Olson Fellowship

David and Karen Olson established this Fellowship to help FSoS doctoral students to complete their dissertation. David was a faculty member in the Department of Family Social Science and Karen managed the PREPARE/ENRICH company. Together, they believe in the value of education and want to support family professionals.

Jean W. Bauer Family Economics and Policy Fellowship

This fellowship honors long-time researcher, educator, and faculty member, Dr. Jean W. Bauer, for her dedicated service to her profession, the University of Minnesota community, and the Department of Family Social Science.

Lucile Garley Blank Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss

This fellowship was established by Dr. Pauline Boss, professor emeritus, and Ms. Ellen M. Blank, in honor of her mother, Lucy Garley Blank.

M. Janice Hogan Fellowship

This fellowship honors the work of M. Janice Hogan, professor emeritus of the Department of Family Social Science, who is well known for her work in family resource management and gender roles. She has focused broadly on families, administration of programs that support families, international students, and administration in the College of Human Ecology.

Shirley L. & Peter D. Zimmerman Fund for Family Policy

Honors Shirley Zimmerman, FSoS professor emeritus whose area of expertise and passion is family policy.

Amy Jean Holmblade Knorr Family Social Science Fellowship
Ardell H. Wantoch Fellowship
Emma Whiteford Family Social Science Fellowship
Fallgatter Fellowship
Florence Munson Wilson Fellowship
Frances Dunning Fellowship
Hauge Fellowship
HC & C Christofferson Fellowship
Irene Ott International Student Fellowship
Knorr Family Social Science Fellowship
Letitia Walsh Memorial Fund
Ludden Trust
Marie Christenson Fellowship
Marjorie Brown Family Social Science Fellowship
Priscilla Rugg Family Social Science Fellowship
Ragnhild E. Edwardson Fellowship
Robert E. Keane Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss
Roxanna Ford Fellowship
Wayne Caron Family Caregiving Fellowship

Summer Awards - M.A. and Ph.D.

Waller Summer Fellowship

Available Academic Year Awards - M.Ed.

Ford Foundation for Family Education Award

This fellowship will be awarded to a student who represents an ethnic minority (non-white), or resides in a non-metro area of Minnesota, and is enrolled in the M.Ed. in Family Education Licensure track program.

Jean Illsley Clarke Fellowship for Parent Education

This fellowship will be awarded to a family education student with a strong interest in research, teaching, and application of parent education theories and practices.

Emma Whiteford Family Social Science Fellowship
Family Education Teacher Preparation Fellowship
Knorr Family Social Science Fellowship
Roxanna Ford Fellowship

College Funding Opportunities

The College of Education and Human Development maintains a listing of college awards and scholarships, scholarships and awards available through private institutions, financial aid resources, and more. These listings cover specialties and fields across CEHD departments. Students are encouraged to explore these opportunities (check eligibility) for funding and support.

University Funding Opportunities

Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The award includes a stipend of $25,000 for the academic year (September-May), tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester (fall and spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan. The department recommends approximately one student per year to the Graduate School for this award. Approximately sixty of these fellowships are awarded each year across the entire University.

Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship. The fellowship provides a $25,000 stipend, tuition at regular graduate school rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year.

More fellowship information from the Graduate Fellowship Office.

OneStop Student Services: Finances. Information on tuition and fees, financial aid, as well as links to your student account can be found at OneStop.