Attention Graduate Programs - Grant for Graduate Student Professional Development

The Graduate School Office of Professional Development invites applications for a pilot grant program aimed at encouraging and evaluating professional development activities occurring within academic programs. The $1,000 grant can be used to sponsor an event or as supplemental funds toward a larger activity.

Note that a similar grant is being offered to graduate student organizations, not to be doubled up on the same activity.

Competitive applications will include the following:

    Provide a brief description of the proposed activity that would be funded by the grant.  Include your goals for the activity, and explain how these map to the DiscoverPD professional development framework.

    Describe who your target audience is. 

    Provide an estimated budget for how the funds will used.  Include any matching funds you anticipate receiving.  Indicate the level of support requested if less than $1,000.

    Describe how you will ensure a good turn-out at your activity, including how you will advertise.

    Describe methods that will be used to demonstrate if goals have been met, the timeframe for collecting and reviewing data, and how the evaluation will help your academic program improve future programming.

    List who is primarily responsible for planning, managing, and evaluating this activity.

Faculty or staff from any graduate program may apply.  Strong applications will originate from the Director of Graduate Study (DGS) or program chair, or come with a letter of endorsement from the DGS/chair.


  • Submit an application that includes the 6 points listed above to Alissa Ewer, Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Communications,
  • Deadline for application: Thursday, December 8
  • Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by December 22.  Funds are disbursed shortly thereafter.
  • Grant funds must be spent by June 1.
  • Evaluation reports are due to the Graduate School by August 1.  


  • EVENT MANAGEMENT: Program/departmental faculty and staff are responsible for event planning and management, which may include booking space, reserving AV equipment, budget oversight, arranging travel for speakers, ordering refreshments, etc. 
  • PUBLICITY: Program/departmental faculty and staff are responsible for ensuring participation in the program.  Additionally, for activities that appeal to a broad audience, the Graduate School Office of Professional Development ( can aid in promotion via the weekly newsletter, events calendar, and social media; at least two weeks advance notice should be given if this assistance is desired.

Keywords:Graduate Program Grant Graduate Student Professional Development   Doc ID:68252
Owner:Alissa E.Group:VCRGE and Graduate School
Created:2016-11-02 16:14 CDTUpdated:2016-11-09 16:36 CDT
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