Council of Graduate Students

at The Ohio State University

Guidelines & Policies

  1. Applicants must be enrolled in the Graduate School at The Ohio State University during the semester in which the applicant submits grant application. 
    Expenses incurred during an academic semester in which the applicant is not enrolled in classes require the students be enrolled in the immediately preceding semester. In the case of summer conferences, applicants must be enrolled in the summer term or the subsequent autumn semester.

  2. All expenses and activities must be completed prior to graduation and within the advertised activity window.
    Activities extending beyond the window are eligible as long as the start date of the activity is within the window.

  3. Applicants must be in good standing with the Graduate School, which requires current or previous enrollment in Graduate School at The Ohio State University.

  4. Applications must be submitted by midnight on the day of the posted deadline.
    Late applications will not be accepted.

  5. Only one application per student will be accepted for a single funding period.
    If an applicant has multiple expenses occurring within the activity window, they may submit all of these in a single application. If multiple applications are submitted, the CDG chair will randomly select the application to be judged.

  6. Previous award winners must disclose all previous Career Development Grant awards.
    Failure to do so will automatically disqualify applicants.

  7. Applicants will be awarded and reimbursed only up to the maximum award of $350 in Career Development Grant funds.
    Winners of the award will not be eligible to apply again for the remainder of the fiscal year and the following fiscal year.
    For example, if an applicant was awarded $300 for eligible activities in Funding Period 3 of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, they will not be eligible to apply again until Funding Period 1 of the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

  8. Any student may win the CDG a maximum of 3 times per graduate degree. 
    Students pursuing multiple degrees will be able to win the award a maximum of 3 times for each non-concurrent degree that is pursued.

  9. Applicants will only be reimbursed for the activities outlined in their applications.
    In cases where the activity is no longer occurring (for example, a conference has been cancelled), applicants may work with the CDG committee chair to arrange for approval to use funds for alternate activities.

  10. Applications will be judged by a minimum of 3 independent judges from the CDG committee.
    The committee does not give out scores (which are normalized), whether those of an individual or of all applicants in a funding period.

  11. Grant recipients will be reimbursed after the activities have taken place, either with a check issued by The Ohio State University or through direct deposit. No expenses will be pre-paid by CGS