Council of Graduate Students

at The Ohio State University

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply for a Career Development Grant.

Career Development Grant Application Portal:

1) Eligible Activities & Expenses

Review this list to help you determine what possible career development expenses and activities can be reimbursed. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change at any time.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Conference registration
  • Professional association dues
  • Internship travel
  • Licensure fees
  • Study materials for licensure
  • Background check fees
  • Workshops

Ineligible Expenses:

  • OSU academic expenses (any expenses required as part of a credit bearing or other OSU graduation required experience)
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Fire arms
  • Clothing
  • Research expenses
  • Local travel
  • Food
  • Subscriptions or licenses for software
  • Equipment

2) Application Deadlines for 2023-2024 Academic Year

There are four funding cycles per academic year. First, note when your activity or event will take place, and identify the corresponding Activity Dates/Funding Period. Next, note the date when the application will open and the deadline for submitting that application.

Funding Period Application Opens Deadline* Activity Dates**
1 March 15, 2023 May 1, 2023 July 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023
2 June 15, 2023 August 1, 2023 October 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023
3 September 15, 2023 November 1, 2023 January 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024
4 December 15, 2023 February 1, 2024 April 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024

*Applications are due by 11:59pm ET of the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

**The first day of the activity must fall within the funding period's respective Activity Dates. The dates of all activities must be listed on the online application.

3) Submitting Your Application

When applying through the Career Development Grant Application Portal, you will need to submit the following information:

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Itemized List of Expenses
  3. Statement of Intent
  4. Career Development Plan
  5. Resume/CV

For more information about the CDG Application and for tips for writing a successful application, check out the Career Development Resource Packet.

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