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Michigan State University Council of Graduate Students


The Council of Graduate Students has funding available to graduate and professional students. All requests submitted past the deadline for applications will not be considered. COGS will not fund an event after it has taken place. NO Exceptions!

Graduate Student Organization Event Funding

 We are now accepting Summer 2014 Event Funding Applications. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Once funds allocated for funding requests are depleted, no more requests will be granted. NOTE: All applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the full council meeting of the month prior to your event. A list of full council meeting dates can be found here MEETINGS NEW, COGS WILL NOW FUND FOOD FOR YOUR EVENT UP TO $150.00!

Upcoming Event Funding Deadlines:

Your Event Date: Due to COGS Office by: COGS Full Council Date for Event Review:
2/13/14 - 3/12/14 January 29, 2014 February 12, 2014
3/13/14 - 4/9/13 February 26, 2014 March 12, 2014
4/10/13 - 9/2/14 March 26, 2014 April 9, 2014

COGS Event Funding Application & Guidelines (Word document)

Conference Grants

Co-Sponsored by MSUFCU and MSU Vice President of Research & Graduate Studies

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 Deadline for Fall 2015 semester applications (for conference dates 8/27/14-1/11/15) is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014. The maximum amount awarded is $300.00. All graduate and professional students are limited to one COGS Conference Grant during their MSU academic career. We are no longer acceepting Summer 2014 applications.

or download the application in word below:

 COGS Conference Grant Application & Guidelines (Word document)

**NEW: Professional Development Grant

Presented by The Graduate School


 Deadline for Summer 2014 semester applications (for program dates 5/12/14 - 8/26/14) is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014. The maximum amount awarded is $300.00. All graduate and professional students are limited to one COGS Professional Development Grant during their MSU academic career. We are no longer accepting Spring 2014 applications. 

This program is intended to support graduate/professional students attend events or engage in activities that enhance their professional development. A qualified event includes but is not limited to a local, regional, national or international workshop, academic competitions, convention, or association meeting in which the primary goal of event participants is to obtain or hone a skillset useful to their profession.

or download the application in word below:

COGS Professional Development Grant Application & Guidelines (Word document)

COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award

Fall 2013 COGS Leadership Award applications and nominations. 


For more information visit the Graduate School Website HERE

In 2010, the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS) established an endowment to recognize disciplinary leadership by graduate and grad-professional students. The Graduate School provides additional funds (2011-2015) to increase the number of awards as this initiative begins. Graduate students regularly (not provisionally or lifelong) enrolled in a graduate or grad-professional program at MSU and who are in good standing in their programs may apply for the COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award.

2012/13 Award Winners

2013/14 Award Winners

Accepting this award may affect any federal loans that you have.

COGS Childcare Endowment

Graduate students who would like to apply for COGS Childcare Endowment should check the box on the MSU Childcare Grant Application indicating your interest in being considered for these funds. The Office of Financial Aid will contact you in the fall with further information regarding the status and availability of funds through this program.
For more information, visit Financial Aid's Website HERE

COGS GSO Support Funding

 Each Department may apply for GSO Support Funding once per fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th).  Funding will only be granted for an eligible meeting and eligible expenses. Eligible expenses include: publicity materials, meeting room fees, refreshments during meeting, and materials needed during an eligible meeting.  Eligible expenses do not include the purchase of alcoholic beverages, travel expenses, lodging costs, and non-meeting related goods and services.  COGS, in its sole discretion, will make all decisions regarding eligibility of items.  Applicants must submit an estimated budget for the eligible meeting (the budget can exceed $50, however $50 is the maximum reimbursement).

GSO Support Funding Application