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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

In an effort to increase awareness and diversity of the graduate community at MSU, COGS provides up to $1,500 to any graduate student organization to host an event.  These funds are based on a first come first serve basis every semester, and can be awarded only once a year.

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, but the earlier, the better. A list of full council meeting dates can be found here MEETINGS

Upcoming Event Funding Deadlines:

We are no longer accepting Summer 2015 Applications.

Your Event Date: Due to COGS Office by: COGS Full Council Date for Event Review:
ALL Summer Event Applications March 25, 2015 April 8, 2015
9/2/15 or later August 26, 2015 September 9, 2015
10/8/15 or later September 23, 2015 October 7, 2015
11/12/15 or later October 28, 2015 November 11, 2015

COGS Event Funding Application & Guidelines (Word document)
Applications required before event date.

Conference Grants

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

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To help defray the costs of traveling to and from conferences, COGS provides up to $300 in the form of a Conference grant.  This can be awarded only once during a graduate lifetime and is based on a lottery system. 

We are no longer accepting Summer 2015 Applications. Deadline for Fall 2015 semester applications (for conference dates 9/2/15-1/10/16) is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015.

*Note: You may only apply for either the Conference Grant OR the Professional Development Grant for a single event. Applicants applying to both funding programs for a single event will be rejected.

or download the application in word below:
 COGS Conference Grant Application & Guidelines (Word document)

Professional Development Grant

Presented by The Graduate School


We are no longer accepting Summer 2015 Applications.  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. 

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. 

*Note: You may only apply for either the Conference Grant OR the Professional Development Grant for a single event. Applicants applying to both funding programs for a single event will be rejected.

or download the application in word below:

COGS Professional Development Grant Application & Guidelines (Word document)

COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award


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

2014/15 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 Child Care Grant application indicating your interest in being considered for these funds. To maximize the number of students eligible for childcare assistance, priority will be given to students who are ineligible for the MSU Child Care Grant. Please note that students must be enrolled at least half time in a degree granting program and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this program as well. This program is open to international graduate students, and law students. 

For the application and 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