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PhD Works Awards for Career Exploration (ACE)

PhD Works is a program that supports the career exploration and professional development of Stony Brook University's graduate students and prepare them for careers beyond traditional academic research.

PhD Works Awards for Career Exploration (ACE) is a program created by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development unit at Stony Brook’s Graduate School. It expands our previous PhD Works Awards for Diversity and Inclusion.

PhD Works ACE 2019 Awardees

Upcoming round:

PhD Works ACE - Spring & Summer 2020

Deadline for applications: EXTENDED Monday, May 11, 2020



PhD Works Awards for Career Exploration (ACE) - Spring & Summer 2020 offers up to $750 to support meaningful career development activities focused on preparation for the professional workforce outside the standard academic research track. This round of awards is generously sponsored by the  Graduate Student Organization  and the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer .

Both PhD and Master’s students are strongly encouraged to apply for PhD Works ACE - Spring & Summer 2020. We particularly welcome applications from students whose professional development activities contribute to diversifying the workforce in their fields.  Students should have engaged in career and professional development activities held between January 1, 2020 and August 21, 2020 for which they have documented expenses that have not been reimbursed by any other funding source.

Activities that directly support students' thesis/dissertation research and related activities (such as conference registration or travel to present research or thesis/dissertation topics) are NOT eligible for this award.


Past awardees

Awardees Fall 2019 Awardees Spring & Summer 2019 Awardees 2018


Past rounds

PhD Works Awards for Career Exploration (ACE) Fall 2019 PhD Works Awards for Career Exploration (ACE) Spring & Summer 2019 PhD Works Professional Development Awards for Inclusion and Equity 2018



Contact Dr. Paola Cepeda, the PhD Works ACE coordinator.