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Career Development Grant


The Career Development Grant program encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field. Students will submit their Career Development Grant Application to the Council of Graduate Students (CGS) for an opportunity to receive an award to defray costs associated with the development of their careers.

By offering grants of up to $350 each, CGS will be providing an incentive for graduate students to invest effort in their own career development while attending OSU. These grants will provide subsidy for expenses incurred by the activities outlined by applicants in  their Career Development Plan.

The Career Development Grants will be awarded to individuals demonstrating strong linkages between their stated professional goals and their submitted Career Development Plan. Additionally, applicants will be evaluated upon the relevance and strength of proposed activities as they relate to the applicant's resume and the Career Development Plan.


The financial expenses associated with defined activities or engagements included in one's Career Development Plan may be cost-prohibitive to many graduate students, and the availability of financial support for students varies widely across the university. Whereas students in some departments, schools, and colleges may have several opportunities for funding, others may have no sources of funding whatsoever. For this reason, the absence of such funds at the university-level has resulted in significant concern from CGS. Inquiries on this matter to the CGS office and delegates, from both individual students and other graduate student associations within the university, are frequent. Therefore, the Career Development Grant will help fill a void for many students. Additionally, it will also provide financial continuity for graduate students to further their professional activities upon exhausting other funding sources. The Career Development Grant is intended to supplement -- not replace -- existing funds at the program, department, school, college, and/or university levels.

IMPORTANT: Please note the changes made to the funding periods for the upcoming deadline. Changes were made to more closely align with the University's fiscal funding period. Applications already submitted that fall into the next funding period will be held until the next deadline.




2013 - 2014 ACADEMIC YEAR

Funding Period #1

  • Application deadline: May 17, 2013
  • Expense dates: June 16, 2013 - September 15, 2013

Funding Period #2- Fall

  • Application deadline: August 16, 2013
  • Expense dates: September 16, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Funding Period #3- Spring

  • Application deadline: November 1, 2013
  • Expense dates: January 6, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Funding Period #4-Summer
  • Application deadline: April 4, 2014
  • Expense dates: June 1, 2014 - August 26, 2014


Applicants will be notified of decisions within 4 weeks of the deadline. Please do not e-mail the CDG committee before this deadline.

Please contact the committee chair, Elizabeth Sandoval ( with questions.

For tips on developing your Career Development Plan or resume/CV, such as resources for identifying your career goals, visit Career Connection on the 2nd floor of the Younkin Success Center, or visit Career Connection online at



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