Graduate students are encouraged to participate in outside activities that will support their educational experience. The department has a modest amount of funds available to support graduate students’ participation in activities related to professional development such as (1) attending academic conferences and (2) joining a professional organization if it is a prerequisite to submitting proposals, applying for grants, participating in workshops, etc.
To apply for funds, graduate students must complete and submit the “Professional Development Request for Graduate Students Form” https://forms.gle/U89hQcgktZEnPY1N6.
Graduate Student Travel Support
If you have delivered a paper at a conference or are planning to do so during Fall 2023: Sept 1 – Dec 31, 2023, please attach the following materials as one combined PDF to the Google Form above. Deadline: Nov. 21, 2023
- Current CV
- Document that includes the following information:
– Name of your advisor(s) – your advisor will be contacted by the selection committee for his/her endorsement
– Conference name and dates
– Title and abstract of your paper
– Brief statement about why this conference presentation is important to you at this time
– Itemized estimate of costs (airfare, lodging, conference fee, etc.)
– Note on other sources of funding secured or applied for (if applicable)
The amount that the department can offer is limited. Before submitting the departmental Professional Development Request, you should also submit a funding application to the Graduate School’s Conference Presentation Funds.
Travel expenses that may be reimbursed through this award must adhere to university travel and accounting policies. All lodging must be reserved through the Concur online system, directly with an Agent at Travel, Inc., by booking directly with the lodging facility, or by booking through Airbnb. Use of other third-party booking sites (e.g. VRBO, Hotels.com, Travelocity) is prohibited. If you have any questions regarding travel and accounting policies, please reference UW Business Services Travel information.
All expense reports, including receipts, must be submitted within 90 days of the end of a conference or of purchase.
Tracy Deavers can respond to any question you may have regarding these policies.
If you are planning to present a paper and have submitted an abstract, you should file a request, even if you don’t know the result of the abstract review. The department will announce the competition again for Spring 2024.
Professional Organization Membership Fees
These funds will be distributed among our graduate students to support activities related to professional development. If joining a professional organization is a prerequisite to submitting proposals, applying for grants, participating in workshops, etc., consideration will be given to funding these memberships.