Professional Development Grant, Fall 2019

Basic Information

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 11:59pm
Grant Cycle Status: 
Scoring Applications
Expected Budget: 


The Professional Development Grant (PDG) was created in 1998 to help graduate and professional students with travel expenses for events not covered under the Student Research Grant (SRG). This includes travel to interviews, clinicals, mock-trials, auditions and conferences at which you are not presenting your own research. The PDG is designed to help students begin to establish their professional careers and extend their education through professional travel opportunities. Students may receive up to $500 per academic year (from summer to spring). The PDG may be used to fund activity in the current semester, the next semester, or one semester retroactively.

Acceptable Costs

  • Travel costs to interviews, clinicals, workshops, job fairs, auditions, mock trials and other career or professional events where the student is not presenting or conducting research.
  • Costs can include airfare, registration costs, hotel, shuttle fees, taxi fares, and per diem in accordance with UNM policy. Travel must be outside of Albuquerque. Current policy and mileage rates can be found in the University Business Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 4030.

Unacceptable Costs

  • Travel to present research
  • Travel or conference fees for activities in Albuquerque
  • Any activity that could be funded by Student Research Grant

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at UNM who has paid the GPSA fee
  • One application requesting funds for one event per semester
  • If awarded partial funds in one cycle, can re-apply in the next cycle only for the remaining amount. For eg., if an applicant is awarded $350 during the Summer cycle, the applicant can apply during Fall or Spring only for $150. 
  • Submission of  required application materials - anonymous proposal AND budget

Application Requirements

The following application materials are required:

  1. A 750 word, anonymous proposal. Proposals must be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, and use 1” margins. Please do not include your name in the proposal. Applications that do not follow this format or include your name will be disqualified. Upon completion, all applications must be saved as a PDF and uploaded to the GPSA Grants website along with the other application materials. File names should not include any identifying information.
  2. A specific, line item budget that indicates all sources of funding for the project. You must use the attached budget template. Please do not include your name in the budget. Remember to indicate all sources of funding you have pursued, even if you have not been awarded the money. If you wish to include further budget details, you may use an additional 300 words to describe your budget items.


Understanding scoresheet used to evaluate grants is crucial to writing an effective proposal. Readers will score your grant based on this rubric, so touching all the points of the scoresheet will increase your changes of receiving funding. Many funding decisions usually come down to the difference between a few points.

Application Materials