The GSC Professional Development & Supply Grant is intended for funding professional development opportunities (e.g., workshops, trainings, seminars, virtual or conferences held in CSU Fort Collins Campus) and supplies needed to complete research, work efficiently, or teach effectively.

During the 2023-2024 academic year, the Professional Development and Supply Grants will be provided at the following tiers:  

  • Tier 1: 3 grants of $500 (per grant cycle) 
  • Tier 2: 10 grants of $250 (per grant cycle) 
  • Tier 3: 15 grants of $100 (per grant cycle) 

Evaluation Criteria: The following will be considered when evaluating applications. There is no preference given for the type of degree or program of the applicant.

  1. Impact of the professional development opportunity and/or supply request on the applicant’s professional development, graduate work, department/program/cohort
  2. Applicant’s involvement in Graduate Student Council and the greater Colorado State University community, and
  3. Applicant’s access to additional funding sources.

How to use the grant:

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.

All unused funds will be returned to Graduate Student Council.

Acceptable Uses:

Broadly, if you can justify how an item would help your research (and it is university approved), we would like to fund it.

The PDS can be used for purchasing

  • 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), or 
  • registration for workshops; or professional memberships


For graduate students applying to purchase a personal laptop, please review this option of borrowing or assisted purchasing of laptops before applying for this grant.

For graduate students applying for software, please review the software available to students in CSU Labs and reach out to the IT team even if at a first glance it does not seem applicable to graduate students. 

If you have any questions, please contact VP of Grants, Nancy Ghanem, at


Examples of costs that cannot be funded (not university-approved) include

  • travel
  • medical expenses
  • student fees
  • gift cards or payment to participants
  • supplemental pay for a CSU employee
  • alcohol
  • entertainment
  • indirect costs
  • monthly subscriptions
  • tuition, and
  • conferences.


  • For travel or funding for conferences, students must apply for the other GSC grant, the Travel Grant.
  • The funds cannot be transferred to a specific departmental account or RamWeb, nor can an applicant request a direct check or money transfer. 


Deadlines for Professional Development & Supply Grants

*Please note, applicants must use granted funds by May 30, 2024, for all grants awarded in the 2023-2024 academic year. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Fall Semester

Quarter 1
Applications open Mon, Sept. 11, 2023
Application Deadline: Fri, Sept. 29, 2023

Quarter 2
Applications open Mon, Nov. 13, 2022
Applications Deadline: Fri, Dec. 1, 2023

Spring Semester

Quarter 3
Applications open Mon, Jan. 8, 2024
Application Deadline: 5pm MT on Fri, Jan. 26, 2024

Quarter 4
Applications open Mon, March 11, 2024
Applications Deadline: 5pm MT on Fri, March 29, 2024