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  • Graduate Student Professional Development Awards


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Graduate Student Professional Development Awards (GSPDA)

The Graduate School Professional Development Awards (GSPDA) support the academic and research training of graduate students within our degree programs. Awards are funded by three endowments: the Notebaert Professional Development Fund, the Joseph F. Downes Memorial Fund, and the Zahm Research Travel Fund. Funding is available for expenses related to conference presentations; participation in workshops, seminars, or short courses; research at other institutions; and other training activities in support of your scholarly and professional development. Graduate students in the College of Arts and Letters should apply for an ISLA Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) to support dissertation research travel or artistic projects (MFA students).

GSPDA funding has no limit to the amount or number of awards per student. However, you are encouraged to apply to multiple sources, including other campus partners (e.g. GSG, ISLA, Nanovic, etc. and your academic program). 

Note to international/non resident students: please consult the university FSA tax letter for important implications regarding higher tax withholding on award payments and reimbursements.

Please consult the the GSPDA Drive Folder for detailed application instructions and post-funding resources.

Students are highly encouraged to: 1.) submit their application at least 3 months prior to the proposed event or opportunity and 2.) request a consultation with the Office of Grants and Fellowships prior to submitting their application.

Proposal Guidelines and Application Instructions

Application Checklist: Did you include the following?

  • Proposal - upload, with word count: 1,000 word limit
  • Budget - upload itemized costs; optional: justification, if helpful
  • Faculty recommenders notified (A&L/Keough-PhD: 2 letters required; 1 letter ok if DGS/advisor are same/no advisor; Sci & Eng: rec letters not required)
  • Supporting document uploads: budget estimates (flights, hotels, 1/3 per diem, activity costs, etc.); conference/workshop acceptance notification; programs/agendas optional
  • NDI Travel Registry - required for all international travel
  • IRB approval - if required for research presentation
  • CV - include professional development awards/activities, travel grants, and/or external funding won or applications submitted, regardless of result/status

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