APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 12/7/2020
Announcing 2021 C4I Transdisciplinary Graduate Fellows Program

Request for Applications

The TGFP provides teams of graduate students from different disciplines the opportunity to work with a community partner on a consequential problem while receiving training in transdisciplinary team research practice from the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity. By creating a community of practice involving university and community partners, the TGFP aims to train future transdisciplinary research leaders.

We are seeking MSU graduate students with a strong interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and a desire to collaborate with community partners to make a positive difference for the mid-Michigan area. Successful applicants will have experience working across disciplines and will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for teamwork.

Description of TGFP

The TGFP is a key part of the mission of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I). C4I is a research center that works to advance interdisciplinary research and education at MSU while preparing the next generation of citizen leaders to address the most challenging questions of our time. The TGFP supports the educational mission of C4I by providing graduate students at MSU with cross-disciplinary training opportunities. 

The TGFP will provide teams of graduate students the opportunity to work with a community partner on a consequential problem while receiving training in transdisciplinary team research practice. By creating a community of practice involving university and community partners, the TGFP aims to train future transdisciplinary research leaders. The 2021 TGFP program will run virtually

As participants in the TGFP, fellows will receive the following:

  • A $5,000 fellowship paid out in two installments – one at the beginning of the spring and one at the end of the summer of the fellowship period, January to August 2021
  • Professional development in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, community engagement, and team science
  • Networking with peers, leaders in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practice, and community partners
  • Support in producing outcomes that will have value for academic researchers and for the community partner

Fellows in the TGFP are expected to:

  • Participate in the virtual TGFP intensive short course during Jan 4-7, 2021
  • Attend and participate in twice monthly, seminar-style virtual meetings that provide an opportunity for troubleshooting and for professional development
  • Collaboratively develop final projects with one’s teammates and community partner
  • Participate in a final virtual TGFP Symposium in mid- to late-August 2021 at which the final projects will be presented to the MSU & partner communities

Deadline for all applications is November 30, 2020. Applicants will be notified by December 7, 2020 if they have moved on to the interview round, with interviews taking place between December 9 and December 14, 2020. Final notifications will be made on December 16, 2020, with acceptances due by December 21, 2020.

If you have any questions about TGFP or C4I, please contact Michael O’Rourke at orourk51@msu.edu or 517-432-0751.

Community Partners