A funding and professional development opportunity for graduate students at MSU

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 MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (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. A key part of the educational mission of C4I is to provide graduate students at MSU with cross-disciplinary training opportunities, and the TGFP is a key part of this mission.

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 2020
  • 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 TGFP intensive short course during Jan 6-9, 2020
  • Attend and participate in twice monthly, seminar-style 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 TGFP Symposium in mid- to late-August 2020 at which the final projects will be presented to the MSU community

Deadline for all applications is November 27, 2019. Applicants will be notified by December 6, 2019 if they have moved on to the interview round, with interviews taking place betweenDecember 9 and December 13, 2019. Final notifications will be made on December 16, 2019, with acceptances due by December 20, 2019.

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

Community Partners