Career Development Grant Program for Humanists and Social Scientists

The Career Development Grant Program for Humanists and Social Scientists is intended to facilitate students’ next professional steps after graduate school whether they are on the conventional academic path or not. The awards can be used to cover costs directly related to a job search — such as travel to conferences or other venues to interview — or for items such as production costs for job market materials.


Grants are awarded on a rolling basis until 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 three-four 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 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 and 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 should 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 one $400 award or multiple awards that total $400).
  • The award can be used to cover costs directly related to a job search, including cost of travel to job interviews (at conferences or other venues) and production costs for job market materials (for example, copying, binding, postage for mailing application materials, Interfolio or other credential services, business cards).
  • Ineligible costs are clothing, equipment, travel to Chicago for dissertation defense or 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. Students' departments are expected to handle all reimbursements following submission of an expense report. It is up to the student to work with the appropriate program staff to request expense reimbursement according to the University's and Department's Policies and Procedures. 

Application Instructions 

Students must complete the Career Development Grant application and send the completed application to


Email with questions.