Professional Development Fund

Professional Development Fund

The purpose of the GSPIA Professional Development Fund (PDF) is to recognize outstanding students, acknowledge substantial professional development activities, and defray some of the travel and other expenses incurred by these activities. Students can receive up to $2,000, depending on the type of activity in which they participate.

Professional Development Funds FAQ

What criteria are used in allocating PDF funds?

In making its allocations, the PDF committee considers the quality of the student’s academic record and performance, merit of the activity, and financial need.

What can I request funding for?

  • Approved Internships - paperwork must be completed and approved by Career Services before the PDF application deadline.
  • Conferences – Students may apply for funding IF they are presenting a poster or paper at a conference. General conference attendance is not an eligible activity.
  • Study Trips
  • Approved Study Abroad Activities
  • Other Activities as appropriate

For what items can I get reimbursed?

You can request funding support for travel expenses, transportation, lodging, registration fees, and other items as appropriate.

How do I apply?

The application opens approximately three weeks before each round’s deadline. An email announcement is sent out by the Dean’s office at the start of the application period for each round. Deadlines are typically: Fall round – mid-October, Spring round – mid-March, Summer round – mid-May.

During the application period, current students apply online by logging into GSPIA Connections and choosing the “Apply for Professional Development Funds” link on the home page. Depending on your application purpose, you may be required to submit hard copies of additional documents.

I am graduating soon. Can I still apply?

Students are not eligible for funding if they will graduate before the activity in question takes place. Graduating students may apply retroactively for an activity that has already occurred.

I am a PhD student – can I apply for funding?

PhD students may apply in the spring and summer rounds for internship support only. Dissertation research applications can ONLY be submitted in the Fall round.

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