Professional Development & Supply Grant


Next Deadline: October 22, 2021


The Graduate Student Council and the Associated Students of CSU (ASCSU) are excited to sponsor quarterly grant applications to support graduate student professional development at CSU. Broadly, the GSC Professional Development and Supply (PDS) grants are intended to help fund graduate students attending professional development opportunities (such as workshops, trainings, and seminars) as well as to help fund supplies needed to complete research, work efficiently, or teach successfully. The PDS grants are not intended to cover the cost of conference registration and attendance. For funding for conferences, please refer to the GSC Travel Grant. The PDS grant is open to all graduate students attending CSU.

Students are invited to apply for two tiers depending on their needs:

Tier 1: 10 grants of $100 each

Tier 2: 6 grants of $250 each

Applicants who are not awarded grants at their chosen tier will also be considered for lower-tier grants, if applicable.


You can fill out an application here, or at


Any graduate student enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. granting program at CSU is eligible. There is no preference given for the type of degree or program of the applicant. These factors are not considered in the scoring process. Funds will be awarded based on three metrics: 1) the cost and eligibility of the item or registration being purchased, 2) the impact of the purchase on the applicant’s program, and 3) the applicant’s ability to describe the impact of their research, art, or program in a jargon-free manner.

Please note:

  • Applicants must file for reimbursement no later than May 1st of the academic year within which they are applying.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.


Please note, applicants must use granted funds by May 1, 2022, for all grants awarded in the 2021-2022 academic year. See eligibility for more info.

Summer / Fall Semesters
Quarter Applications open: Applications due by 5 PM MT on:
1 May 10, 2021 June 7, 2021
2 October 1, 2021 October 22, 2021
Spring Semester
3 January 7, 2022 January 28, 2021
4 February 11, 2022 March 4, 2022


The PDS can be used towards buying materials for research or art; supplies needed to study, research, or teach; technology needs for research or work; transportation to a service site; payment towards student assistant(s); registration for workshops or seminars; or professional memberships. Broadly, if you can justify how an item would help your research (and it is university approved), we would like to fund it! Examples of costs that cannot be funded (not university approved) include medical expenses; student fees (unfortunately); gift cards or payment to participants; supplemental pay for a CSU employee; alcohol; entertainment; indirect costs; monthly subscriptions; and tuition. Grantees will need to file for reimbursement through their home department using the account number provided by the Graduate Student Council upon notice of a successful application. The fund cannot be transferred to a specific departmental account or RamWeb, nor can an applicant request for a direct check or money transfer. All unused funds will be returned to Graduate Student Council.

Department & College Distribution

GSC is a non-partisan organization that provides equal opportunities for awards to all Departments and Colleges across Colorado State University. GSC does not discriminate by race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or academic interest. Statistics on applicant’s and recipient’s departments, colleges, and conference-type are available upon request.


Please direct any application-related questions to and good luck!

For general questions or suggestions on how we can better serve you, graduate students, please email