Graduate Student Professional Development Stipend Awards

Graduate Student Professional Development Stipend Awards can be used to fund costs directly related to one’s professional development, for expenses such as:

  • attending or presenting at a conference/workshop/training/event relevant to one’s professional goals
  • conference presentation supplies (poster board, photocopies, etc.)
  • membership fees for professional organizations
  • fees for professional certifications

Professional development in this context means building skills related to navigating one’s career, networking, communicating one’s research/work, and expanding one’s educational-professional portfolio. Other requests that fall under this description will be considered (please review the details below).

Details:

  • Only open to graduate students enrolled in programs at USG.
  • Not for use towards academics (textbooks, tuition, academic fees, etc.), or travel (transportation, hotels, etc.)
  • This application must be completed and approved prior to the requested expenses being made: reimbursements are not allowed.
  • Completion of this application does not guarantee funding.
  • The deadlines for submitting this application are:
    • Fall Term: October 1
    • Spring Term: February 1; rolling thereafter if funding remains
  • Students may receive a maximum award of $250
  • Recipients will be asked to submit a testimonial, explaining how the receipt of the stipend provided them a valuable professional development opportunity, by the end of the awarded semester

A complete application includes:

  • Graduate Student Professional Development Stipend Awards Application Form
  • Name of a Program Director, Program Coordinator, or Academic Advisor who can serve as a reference
  • Statement detailing why you are requesting this award

CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Past Recipients

2019-2020

Cynthia Mohamed (UB, Forensic Science)

Ebenezer Obasiolu (UMBC, Cybersecurity)

Sean Wright (UB, Health Systems Management)

2018-2019

Emily Clark (UMB, Social Work)

Vercie Davis (UMBC, I/0 Psychology)

Ellen Levine (UMB, Social Work)

Iya Meyer (UMBC, I/0 Psychology)

Diviana Penado (UB, Forensic Science)

Participating in this program has given me the unique opportunity to develop leadership skills that I have not had the opportunity to develop thus far in my career. I feel confident that at the completion of the program, I will have the necessary leadership skills to lead positive change in my workplace and my community.
2019 Award Recipient