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Graduate Student Professional Development Awards

These awards provide support for students to attend major professional meetings at which they present an original paper based on their research. The Graduate School allocates travel funds to each department or program. Students can contact the WGS graduate adviser and WGS graduate coordina­tor for self-nomination, and with their approval the application will be sent to the Graduate School.

(Registration is required during the semester the funds are to be used. Summer registration will be waived if the student was registered for the prior spring semester.)

Please visit the Professional Development Awards webpage or contact the CWGS Graduate Coordinator for the student application form or additional information.  Please note that students may submit an application for self-nomination to CWGS as soon as the abstract has been accepted for presentation. Once the award is approved by the Graduate School, the student may request payment in advance of travel.

CWGS Travel Funds:

WGS MA students who are presenting at conferences are encouraged to apply for travel funds through the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies after they have applied to the Graduate School. Requests for travel funds are approved by the WGS graduate adviser at a rate of up to $250 (depending on funds available) for WGS MA students. WGS MA students who are attending a conference (but not presenting) may also apply, but first preference is given to student presenters. WGS Graduate Protfolio students may apply for CWGS travel funds at a rate of up to $100 (depending on funds available) with first preference given to student presenters. Please email this form to

Download CWGS Travel Funds Request Form

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