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Professional Development Awards

Additional funding (beyond a student’s standard financial support) for professional development-related activities that graduate students wish to pursue may be available from a variety of sources at Rush University. Many departments and programs offer supplemental funding to their students for travel to present research at conferences or to acquire relevant professional skills. A number of offices, programs, and centers across Rush University also offer funding to support graduate student research and professional development activity.

Rush Graduate College administers four separate funding programs that assist graduate students in their professional development, either individually or within groups:


Requests for student awards must be approved before the student goes to the event in question. Early application is highly recommended. Please monitor the deadline for the submission of a request for each of the professional development awards. Not every worthy request in every funding period can be granted. To allow availability of financial support throughout the entire year (September to August), the Graduate College divides the fund across the review periods. The Graduate College holds all requests received up to each deadline, reviews them, and awards funds. All available funds are typically allocated during each review period, and therefore the Graduate College is unable to consider requests received after the deadline.

The following criteria are considered when reviewing a request for professional development awards:

  • The student has completed the application.
  • The student must have an ORCID account that is public and updated.
  • The student must have attended a minimum of two career development events during the past six months.
  • The student must have been enrolled and in good academic standing for more than two semesters.

Additional criteria might be required for each award. Click here to start your application.