Office of Graduate and Professional
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
The Professional Development Award for
Graduate Students is supported by the Office of the Provost to help
University of Delaware graduate students participate in
professional conferences pertaining to their field of study. Conference
travel provides an essential role in the academic growth and
development of graduate students by affording opportunities for
presentation of student work in a professional setting, as well as
opportunities for networking and exposure to the latest academic
The Office of Graduate and Professional
Education is charged with the responsibility of administering competitive funds for
this purpose. The deadline for application for a travel award
is one month prior to the time of travel. The student will be
reimbursed upon the submission of appropriate receipts to their
department and must conform with University policy on allowable travel
The policies and procedures for these competitive awards are as follows:
1) A student must have a paper or poster accepted for
presentation. A copy of the acceptance letter should be provided,
as well as a tentative title. In the case of multiple authors,
the student listed as first author takes precedence over others.
2) The student should provide a clear and detailed written
statement as to the value of the conference and presentation for the
his/her training and professional career growth. The student should summarize the research to be presented and its relevance to the stated conference.
3) The student's dissertation or thesis
advisor must submit a letter of nomination and explanation of the
significance of the student's participation.
4) The amount of support will be based on
the quality of the application and the level of conference
participation up to a maximum of $500. These grants are competitive and full funding is not guaranteed. The applicant's department
or college must match the award offered by the Office of Graduate and
Professional Education up to $300. The departmental match must not be from
research grant travel monies but must be from other departmental
5) The student must submit a detailed budget for the
proposed travel and include information outlining projected costs and all sources of funding
being provided for the travel. Effective January 1, 2009 (for travel
after that date) the funds may not be used for meal expenses.
6) The student is required to fill out a
"Professional Development Award" application form in a printed format and submit it and the
required enclosures to the Office of Graduate and Professional
Education. To download the application form click here.
7) Business Expense Reports are to be submitted to Procurement within one month of the conference date.