SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Foundation is a legally separate organization, and is not funded by SHRM membership dues. The SHRM Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the HR profession, including academics, practitioners and representatives from SHRM. SHRM Foundation's staff members also play an influential role in investing in the future of HR.  

SHRM Foundation Vision
The SHRM Foundation is the globally recognized, premier source of human capital thought, leadership, and research. 

SHRM Foundation Mission
The SHRM Foundation advances global human capital knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and sponsoring, funding, and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable, evidence-based research.

The SHRM Foundation's work includes:

            Innovative academic research grants. The SHRM Foundation is a leading funder of HR research. Over the past three years, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to fund rigorous, original academic research with practical implications for HR management practice. 

            Scholarships. The SHRM Foundation awards $200,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students. 

            Educational resources. The SHRM Foundation's Effective Practice Guidelines series makes research findings easily accessible to HR practitioners. The Foundation has also created a series of educational DVDs for SHRM chapter programming, staff trainings, and executive education sessions.

Annual Fundraising. The SHRM Foundation is grateful for the generous support of its major donors, the HR Certification Institute, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the J. J. Keller Foundation. To fund its programs, the SHRM Foundation conducts an annual fundraising campaign. The Foundation recognizes the generous support of the SHRM chapters and state councils, individuals, corporations and others who make its work possible. Your financial support is vital to ensure that the SHRM Foundation can continue this important work. Donate today!       

SHRM Foundation Scholarships and Awards

For SHRM Professional Members 

In addition, SHRM professional chapters and state councils are eligible to compete for the Certification scholarship to fund programs that promote SPHR, GPHR, PHR or California certification. (Note: Student members, student chapters and local-only members of chapters are NOT eligible for this scholarship program. Still have questions? Please refer to the FAQ.)

The SHRM Foundation awards a total of $100,000 annually in scholarships for SHRM members pursuing degrees in HR-related fields or SPHR, GPHR, PHR or California certification. 

For Student Members and Advisors 

SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship Program 
More than $37,000 will be awarded in scholarships for graduate and undergraduate education.

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR
To be eligible to apply, an HR professional must be a first-time master's student seeking a degree in HR and must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) be a member of SHRM or 2) hold a professional certification (e.g., PHR, SPHR or GPHR certification) from the HR Certification Institute.

Advisor of the Year Award 
Recognize an outstanding SHRM student chapter advisor. Nominate him or her for the Advisor of the Year Award. 

For Ph.D. Students and Researchers

SHRM Foundation Dissertation Awards 
In partnership with the HR Division of the Academy of Management, the Foundation presents four awards each year to support the dissertation research of promising doctoral candidates. (Click here to see past years' Dissertation Award Winners!)

Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award 
This premier $50,000 award from the Michael R. Losey endowment fund recognizes significant research contributions that impact the human resource management field.