Skip to Navigation Skip to Content
College of Arts and Letters | Michigan State University

Forms for Graduate Student Advising

Graduate Handbook

Guidance Committee Report form (ROGC)

Ph.D. Program Checklist 

Milestone Reviews

External Funding Policy 

Annual Progress Report for Ph.D. Students

Note that it's acceptable for graduate students to submit a C.V. in place of questions 1-7 on the form.

Descriptions of Graduate Seminars

Graduate Seminars for 2015 - 2016

Graduate Seminars for 2014 - 2015

Graduate Seminars for 2013 - 2014

Graduate Seminars for 2012 - 2013


Summer Teaching

Guide for planning and implementation of philosophy courses taught by graduate students during summer sessions. 

Summer  Form I - Preparation and Planning

Summer Form II - Conducting the Course

Summer Form III - Final Evaluations

Information and Resources for Graduate Students Applying for External Funding

External Funding Opportunities for Philosophy Graduate Students (maintained by Sean Valles, External Funding Officer for Philosophy)

Other information provided by Jon Harrison and Mary Anne Walker in Jan 2012 Philosophy External Funding Workshop:

Funding Resource Guide from Jon Harrison (MSU Libraries, Funding Center Supervisor)

Specific funding for international students can be found at:

VERSATILE  PhD has best practice examples of CVs, narratives, etc. See:

Jon Harrison's MSU Library webpage which links to many examples of successful proposals
and best practice tips: also:

Also see the Grad School's CAFFE (
and PREP ( for other helpful insights

PhD students interested in earning a Master's degree

Students who are currently enrolled in the doctoral program can earn a Master's degree by fulfilling the M.A. requirements.  See this document for details and consult the Graduate Handbook.

CIC Traveling Scholars Program

Graduate students may take a course—or spend as much as a year—at another CIC institution (i.e., the Big Ten plus the University of Chicago).  For information on the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) Traveling Scholar Program, see:

2013 Hall-Hanna Graduate Travel Award

Graduate students are invited to apply for the 2013 Hall-Hanna Graduate Travel Award.  We expect to offer three awards per year to support graduate travel to a conference (each award is approximately $300). 

Application for Hall-Hanna Graduate Travel Award (due Weds. May 15, 2013 by 5 p.m.)

Eligibility: If you will be traveling to a conference to present a paper between now and July 1, 2013, or  if you have already traveled to a conference for which you have additional expenses (not already covered by travel funding), you are eligible to apply for this award.  The dates of the travel should be within the following time frame:  July 1, 2012 - July 1, 2013.  Preference will be given to students who have not already received a Hall-Hanna award in the past.

The Hall-Hanna Endowed Fund was established by Richard Hall and Joseph Hanna, emeritus professors of philosophy, to provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at Michigan State University.  Further support has been provided by MSU alumni and faculty who contributed to the fund.

Spring 2013 -  Opportunities for Additional Funding and Fellowships (through Philosophy at MSU)

Applications must be submitted to the Associate Chair of Philosophy by the specified deadline listed below--note that it most cases the Department deadlines are earlier than the deadlines listed on the CAL website.

Varg-Sullivan Award (deadline: Mon. Feb. 25, noon)  See CAL website for info and nomination form

SCRAM (Summer College Research Abroad Monies Fellowship (deadline:  Mon. Feb. 25,  noon) See CAL website for info and nomination form

Dissertation Completion Fellowships (deadline: Thurs. March 7, 5 p.m.)

info (e-mail) from Philosophy about Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Dissertation Completion Fellowship info from CAL

Dissertation Completion Fellowship nomination form

Dissertation Completion Fellowship nomination instructions

Summer Teaching Requests (deadline:  Fri. March 8, 5 p.m.).  Information and course request form e-mailed to all current graduate students

Summer Support Fellowships (deadline:  Fri. March 8, 5 p.m.)   Information e-mailed to all current graduate students

Summer Support Fellowship Nomination Form

Travel Funding for Graduate Students (deadline: Friday, March 15, 5 p.m.)

info (e-mail) from Philosophy about Travel Funding Application Process

travel funding form (from Grad School)

MSU Travel Authorization and Emergency Contact Form

Spring 2013 - Slaughter Research Fellowships

Two graduate students will be selected to receive Slaughter Research Fellowships in the summer 2013.  Details about the award and how to apply are included in the application, which is due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2012.

Application for 2013 Slaughter Reseach Fellowship


Spring 2012 C.V. Workshop

This workshop will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 (3:30-5:00 p.m.) in 530 S. Kedzie Hall.  It is open to all graduate students students in philosophy.  More information is available here.

Professional Development Workshop - CV Construction