Professional Development Award

Degree seeking graduate students in Masters or Doctoral programs (and seniors in five-year programs that will lead to a Masters) may apply for funds to support the cost of travel for paper and poster presentations, and disciplinary appropriate professional performances. The Graduate College will support as many requests as possible. Funds are limited.   

To request financial support, complete the Travel Application and proceed according to the steps outlined in the Travel Application Checklist.

Applications must be received by the Graduate College at least 30 days prior to travel within the continental US, 60 days for other destinations.

The request must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate College before travel begins.  The student will be notified of approval and award amount through Chrome River email, and will be required to approve the pre-approval and expense voucher.

Upon returning from travel, all original receipts must be turned in within 5 days to the Graduate College in Whitt 104 or via P.O. Box 6928. Funds will be disbursed only after travel has been complete.

If you have any questions, or need help filling out the Travel Application please contact Teri Hills, Executive Administrative Assistant of the Graduate College, at or 540-831-7163. You may also schedule an appointment for further assistance.