Presented by The Graduate School
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 skill set useful to their profession both creative and scholarly. Please read the Professional Development Guidelines before applying. Professional development awards cannot be used to fund presentations at conferences. If you are presenting research at a conference, please apply for a Conference Award.
The maximum award amount is $500.00. All graduate and professional students are limited to one COGS Professional Development Award during their MSU academic career.
To submit an online application, you will need:
- Statement of Justification: In 500 words or less, please explain how you believe the skills, learning, or experience the event offers will be useful to you during your graduate degree or your career thereafter (see guidelines section 3 for more details). Technical details should be made intelligible to a broad audience. If the event is administered by another institute of higher education, please explain how the event differs from similar events at Michigan State University.
- Letter of recommendation: Please have your major professor or advisor write a letter (1) confirming your attendance at the event and (2) explaining how this experience will contribute to your academic career. If you professor wishes to submit the letter directly to our office, it can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE NOTE: Letter of Recommendation is part of the application and must be submitted on or before the application deadline to be considered.
Applications are reviewed at Finance Committee meetings and awarded by approval at (February and April) full council. Number of awards approved depends on available funds for the current semester award budget. Finance Committee may adjust deadlines in future semesters and/or apply lottery for selection (per funding guidelines) if applications exceed available funding. Applications are due by 5:00 PM as follows:
- Application deadline is January 30, 2019 for ALL conferences taking place January-March.
- Will be reviewed & referred to full council at February meeting.
- Application deadline is March 27, 2019 for ALL conferences taking place April-June.
- Will be reviewed & referred to full council at April meeting.
- Please note: We are unable to consider late applications.
- For ALL conferences taking place after June 30, 2019, applications will be reviewed in September as the council convenes for the 2019-2020 academic year. Specific deadlines will be posted after July 1, 2019. You may apply now, but application will be held for review in the fall.
Note funding must be dispersed during the semester for which the event occurs. Please contact the office (517) 353-9189 if you have any questions.