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Career Development Grant Program for Humanists and Social Scientists

Temporary modifications for the 2021 fiscal year (September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021) due to COVID-19:   At this time, graduate student travel to attend conferences, seminars, meetings, or related events is not permitted.  

The Career Development Grant Program for Humanists and Social Scientists is intended to facilitate the next professional steps for TGS students after graduate school, whether they are on the conventional academic path or otherwise. The award may be used to cover non-travel costs directly related to a job search, such as production costs for job market materials.


Grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year, September 1 – August 31, or until all available funds have been awarded. Students must apply for the grant no more than one month after the date the expenses were incurred. (Students are encouraged to apply at least two weeks in advance of when expenses will be incurred as it takes 1-2 weeks to process awards).


  • Students must be registered and in good academic standing in PhD or MFA programs administered by The Graduate School (TGS).
  • Students must be in humanities and social science disciplines. Specifically, students who are in  TGS PhD and MFA programs housed in divisions II and III (social sciences and humanities) of the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education and Social Policy, the School of Communication (those whose research involves humanities or social science projects), School of Music, and Clinical Psychology (those whose research involves social science projects) are eligible for the Career Development Grant.
  • Students must be graduating within two years.
  • Doctoral student applicants must have, at the time of application, both passed the qualifying exam and have an approved prospectus. MFA students must have completed at least three quarters of full-time registration.


  • Students can be granted up to $400 over the course of their graduate career (either in a single award or in multiple awards that total $400).
  • The award may be used to cover costs directly related to a job search, including:
    • Production costs for job market materials (e.g., copying, binding, postage for mailing application materials, etc.)
    • Interfolio or other credential services,
    • Subscriptions to paid (fee-based) professional job listings
    • Business cards
  • Ineligible costs include:
    • Travel or travel-related expenses
    • Clothing
    • Equipment (e.g., computers, cameras, recording devices, etc.)
    • Anything not specifically related to a job search
  • Each student will receive an email notification when the grant is approved, including instructions for how to access the award. A student's department is expected to handle all reimbursements following the submission of an expense report. It is up to the student to work with the appropriate program contact to request an expense reimbursement according to the University's and department's policies and procedures. 

Application Instructions 

To apply for the grant, students must complete the online Career Development Grant application.

Review process

Students will receive an email with the decision within 1-2 weeks after receipt of their application.


Email with any questions.