Professional Development & Supply Grant


Applications are due by Monday, June 7th at 5 pm MST


Hello Graduate Students,

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Graduate School are announcing the application opening for summer grants. Due to the suspension of travel and in-person conferences, the GSC transformed our travel award into a professional development and supply grant since May 2020. Broadly, the money from these grants can be applied to registration fees for a virtual conference, covering the licensing fee for software for your home computer, textbooks, a hard drive for backing up your work, gas for approved fieldwork trips, generally any supplies (technology or art) that support your working at home, etc. If you can justify how this money will support your graduate work (and is in compliance with the university) we want to fund it. Please work with your department staff to facilitate purchases and find out what your department can purchase, as all purchases must go through the university system and approved suppliers. The grant is open to all graduate students attending CSU.

For this grant period, we are offering $2,500 in grants split into six grants of $250 each and ten grants of $100 each. 

The application for these grants is similar to the previous travel award but streamlined. We would like to know about your graduate research or program in jargon-free, general terms, what you would spend the grant on, and how that will help support your graduate career.

Applications are due by Monday, June 7th at 5:00 PM MDT. Students receiving the grant will be notified within 10-14 days and funds will be transferred shortly after to the home department or the student’s respective college.

All students who receive a grant must provide an account number so we can transfer funds to their home departments. If the grant is applied towards off-campus travel, proof of University approval may need to be submitted. Students must save receipts and provide the necessary documentation to their home department for the funds to be provided. It is up to each student to work with their home department to receive the funds once they have been transferred.

Recipients of GSC grants may be contacted by a representative from the Office of University Advancement to gather information on the impact of this pilot grant on the recipient’s professional development. This information may be shared with donors for the purpose of donor stewardship.

How to Apply

You can fill out an application here, or at



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