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Funding

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. Funding is not available if you've requested a refund of your COGS tax. 

Graduate Student Organization Event Funding

In an effort to increase awareness and diversity of the graduate community at MSU, COGS provides funding to graduate student organizations for the hosting of events.  Two streams of event funding are available – single host event funding and collaboration event funding.  Please read the Event Funding Guidlines document which pertains to both streams of funding before applying.

Single Host Event Funding – A GSO can apply for a maximum of $1,500 over the course of an academic year.  This money can be divided across any number events over the course of the year (even those held during summer), but a unique application must be submitted for each additional event.  These funds are based on a first come first served basis every semester. Once funds allocated for funding requests are depleted, no more requests will be granted.

Collaboration Event Funding – A GSO can apply for funding for an event hosted in collaboration with 2 or more additional GSOs.  The maximum funding that can be provided for a collaboration event is $500 per collaborator (e.g. 3 collaborators can apply together for up to $1,500).  Only one application should be filled out for the event, with information about every graduate student organization contributing. A GSO may apply for collaboration funding with the same or different collaborators a maximum of 3 times across an academic year. These funds are based on a first come first served basis every semester. Once funds allocated for funding requests are depleted, no more requests will be granted.

NOTE: Your event funding application must be approved by the Full Council before your event takes place and the application must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to that Full Council meeting.  See the table below for specifics about application deadlines.

Upcoming Event Funding Deadlines:

Your Event Date:

Due to COGS Office by:

COGS Full Council Date
for Event Review:

9/4/16 or later August 24, 2016 September 7, 2016
10/6/16 or later September 21, 2016 October 5, 2016
11/10/16 or later October 26, 2016 November 9, 2016
12/8/16 or later November 23, 2016 December 7, 2016
1/19/17 or later January 4, 2017 January 18, 2017

**NEW: All applications must be submitted online only**

Single Host Event Funding

Collaboration Event Funding

 

Conference Award

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

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Deadline for Fall 2016 semester applications (for event dates 8/31/16-1/8/17) is 5:00 p.m. on August 24, 2016.  Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but will not be included in the Fall Semester lottery.  Instead, they will be granted on a first come first served basis if funds are still available.

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

**All applications must be submitted using the correct online application dependent on the event date**

Conference Application for Fall Events **Fall applications will not be reviewed until after the August 24, 2016 deadline.

Conference Application for Spring Events  **Spring applications will not be reviewed until after the January 4, 2017 deadline

Conference Application for Summer Events **Summer application will not be reviewed until after the March 29, 2017 deadline.

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Professional Development Award

Presented by The Graduate School

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Deadline for Fall 2016 semester applications (for event dates 8/31/16-1/8/17) is 5:00 p.m. on August 24, 2016. Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but will not be included in the Fall Semester lottery.  Instead, they will be granted on a first come first served basis if funds are still available.The maximum amount awarded is $500.00. All graduate and professional students are limited to one COGS Professional Development Award 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 competition, convention, or association meeting in which the primary goal of event participants is to obtain or hone a skillset useful to their profession both creative and scholarly.  Please read the Professional Development Guidelines before applying.

**All applications must be submitted using the correct online application dependent on the event date**

Professional Development Application for Fall Events **Fall applications will not be reviewed until after the August 24, 2016 deadline.

Professional Development Application for Spring Events **Spring applications will not be reviewed until after the January 4, 2017 deadline

Professional Development Application for Summer Events **Summer applications will not be reviewed until after the March 29, 2017 deadline.

 

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 $150, however $150 is the maximum awarded). Please read the GSO Support Funding Guidelines before applying.

**NEW: All applications must be submitted online only**

GSO Support Funding Application

 

COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ELECTRONICALLY ONLY by email to: fellowshipapps@grd.msu.edu BY NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Download the Disciplinary Leadership Award Application from 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
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2014/15 Award Winners
2015/16 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