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PhD Works Professional Development Awards
for Inclusion and Equity


PhD Works Professional Development Awards for Inclusion and Equity aim to assist SBU graduate students in preparing for careers within the professional workforce (broadly defined), while also fostering the career advancement of students who will contribute to diversifying that workforce.  These awards support unreimbursed expenses for career and professional development activities up to an amount of $750 for the Summer of Academic Year 2018. These awards are made possible by the generous support of the Office of the President's Diversity Plan Initiative  and the  Office of the Chief Diversity Officer .


Applicants must be:

  • SBU graduate students currently enrolled in any SBU Master’s or PhD program.
  • Any citizenship (however, there are additional restrictions on reimburseable expense for international students).
  • Able to demonstrate how the applicant will contribute to the diversity of their professional community and/or show how they have overcome disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.
Not sure you or your activities are eligible? Don't forget about the other sources of support at SBU:   GSEU Professional Development Awards ProgramRF Professional Development Fund, and the GSO's various travel awards.

Eligible Activities:

Eligible supported activities must advance the student’s career and professional development goals.  Priority will be given to students whose activities expand their career development beyond the traditional expectations of their academic program. 

Activities that directly support students' thesis activities are unlikely to be funded (i.e. conference registration/travel to present thesis or dissertation research).

For the 2018 summer application, activities must have taken place during Summer 2018 (including planned activities through August 26th 2018). 

** International students on a temporary visa can only be reimbursed for eligible expenses related to travel or expenses that satisfy NYS Procurement policies (contact us to find out if your expenses would be eligible).


Types of Supported Activities

Examples of Activities Include:

  • Registration or travel to consulting case competitions;
  • Unreimbursed travel to internship sites;
  • Registration or travel to professional development workshops, seminars or classes;
  • Industry conference registration; or
  • One-time subscription to career development program or site.

Award may not be used for:

  • Salaries, stipends, or income to compensate the applicant or any other person.
  • Expenses related to a course, internship or a project or activity that are part of an applicant's degree program.
  • Purchasing equipment, software, consumable, or non-consumable supplies.


How to Apply:

Applicants must apply through the PhD Works portal and submit the following:  

  • Applicant information and demographics
  • A PDF document that answers the following short-answer questions:
    1. Briefly describe how the skills, knowledge or experience you hope to gain during the funded activity could benefit your career development. (250 words maximum)
    2. Briefly describe the ways in which you will contribute to the diversity of your professional community and/or how you have overcome disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. It might be helpful to include any information related to your academic/social experience relevant to PhD Works’ mission to help diversify the professional workforce. (500 words maximum)
  • A current CV or resume. Applicants are encouraged to include any relevant career exploration activities, skills and accomplishments.
  • Budget detailing the requested funds, not to exceed a total of $750, including documentation for each expense. This includes original receipts and documentation for any completed or estimated expenses, all in one combined PDF file.  

As you will not be able to save your progress in the application, please prepare all of your answers and uploadable files in advance. You can review an advance version of the  entire application here


Review and Award Process:  

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis as they are submitted. Funds will be awarded for applications that satisfy both our career advancement goal and our diversity goal. The number of awards are limited by the total funding available, $4,000.   Applications for this semester will close on July 13th, 2018 or once funding has been depleted.


Post-Award Reporting:

After funds are awarded and the activity has concluded, the program will request a short report on what was learned and how the recipient benefited from the initiative. In addition, submission of original receipts related to the award will also be required.


Please apply here:

Additional questions? Contact the coordinator:
Sponsored by: SBU Office of the President, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and Center for Inclusive Education



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