Student Professional Development Grants

CGPDI welcomes applications from UK graduate and professional students to be considered as a recipient of the 2021-2022 Student Professional Development Grants.  These awards are intended to encourage student professional development and networking through attendance or active participation at academic or professional meetings or conferences and study abroad opportunities by helping students defray the costs associated with these activities. Because of the university's social distancing and travel restrictions, grants for the 21-22 school year can only be applied to virtual professional development opportunities. 

  • Students are eligible for up to $500 in grant awards per academic year.
  • Students may submit multiple grant requests, however, each grant request must be a separate application.
  • Funding is limited and grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.
  • PD Fund award recipients will be recognized, and at a later date will be invited to present on their experiences at a later date. (TBD)
  • Requests must fall in line with the mission of CGPDI

CGPDI Mission

The Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI) is committed to supporting an inclusive community of scholars through the recruitment and retention of underrepresented and other historically marginalized students. CGPDI supports the university's diversity and inclusivity efforts by promoting community, academic excellence, and professional development in graduate and professional programs.


Application Deadlines:

Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted by midnight on:

  • Friday, February 18th, 2022


You must be a current UK graduate or professional student.  The PD fund will support student participation in a virtual meeting or conference of a professional association and opportunities related to his/her career objective or field of study.  Participation can include a presentation of scholarly work or active participation in a poster session, an annual conference, or a career expo. If there is a professional development opportunity you are interested in applying for but don’t specifically see listed here, please contact our office for more information. Individuals are eligible for up to $500 in grant funds per year unless additional funds become available. If so, students may apply to be eligible to receive additional funding.  

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.


Covered Expenses:

Expenses that may be covered by the fund include but are not limited to:

  • Association membership at the student rate (when used in conjunction with conference participation)
  • Conference fees (will only cover early bird rate where available) 
  • Presentation materials

Uncovered Expenses:

Expenses that are not covered by professional development funds include but are not limited to:

  • Food while traveling
  • Registration fees beyond the early bird rate


Participant Expectations:

PD Grant Recipients will be expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Timeliness. Conference fees, association memberships, materials, and travel expenses will be pre-paid by CGPDI. 
  • Awarded grant money must be used by June 30th of the fiscal year for the award. 
  • Submit a report (approx. 500 words) reflecting on the experience, 3-4 photos of themselves engaged in the grant activity (videos may also be submitted) - due within two weeks of experience
  • A complete accounting of expenses, with itemized receipts - due within two weeks of experience
  • PD Fund award recipients will be recognized, and at a later date will be invited to present on their experiences at a later date. (TBD)


Apply for Grant:

We are no longer accepting Grant Applications. The Fall 2022 Grant Cycle will begin in August 2022. If you have any questions feel free to email Letitita Tajuba,