TGS Co-Sponsorship Grant


The Graduate School considers formal requests from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff, and other units to co-sponsor events, programs, and/or initiatives that clearly benefit postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in The Graduate School.

Successful applications will articulate goals that are aligned with The Graduate School’s strategic priorities and will make a clear and compelling case for how graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows will directly benefit from the event or program. This grant streamlines The Graduate School funding request process for programs and events that fall into these broad categories:

  • Community building activities
  • Professional development programs
  • Academic lectures and conferences
  • Performances


Persons in any of these categories may apply for funding:
  • Faculty or staff affiliated with any academic program that falls under the purview of The Graduate School
  • Graduate students in The Graduate School who will be active students in The Graduate School at the time of the event/program
  • Postdoctoral fellows
Student groups and other units that receive ongoing support (annual budgets) from The Graduate School are typically not eligible to apply.

To be eligible for funding:
  • The program or event must have clearly articulated goals that are aligned with The Graduate School’s strategic priorities.
  • The program or event must directly benefit graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows.
  • A similar program or event may not already exist.
  • The program or event should be a collaborative effort across programs, students, and/or postdocs from different disciplines/departments. (Applications that are a collaborative effort will be more favorably reviewed.)
  • There is a clear plan (or proven track record) for attracting attendance/participation, including a strategy for publicizing the opportunity.
  • For programs/events being planned by students and/or postdocs, there is a staff or faculty advisor who works with the group on the proposal and event planning and submits a statement of support.
  • The group hosting the program/event has a department “home” that can assist with expense reports.
  • There is a plan for evaluation of the program’s success in meeting its goals.


There are three deadlines each year:
  • Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Monday, April 8, 2019 
Applications should be submitted far enough in advance of the proposed event or program in order to allow at least one quarter for application review and, in the event of an award, transfer of funds.


Award Information

Funding will be available at two sponsorship levels:
  • a standard sponsorship level of $100-300, or
  • a higher sponsorship level of $2000
When determining sponsorship, TGS will consider:
  • Whether the eligibility criteria have been met.
  • Whether The Graduate School is an appropriate source of funding. Some funding requests will be rejected on the basis that The Graduate School is not an appropriate source of funds, or the request is for a recurring event and better suited for an annual allocation.
  • The extent to which graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from across academic programs, departments, and disciplines will benefit. Programs or events that will primarily benefit graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from only one academic program or department will only be considered for the standard sponsorship level.
  • Percentage of food/beverage costs in overall proposed budget. Proposals in which food/refreshments are more than 50% of the budget will not be considered for the higher sponsorship level.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee and applicants will typically be notified of a decision within four to five weeks of the application deadline.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the Co-Sponsorship Grant application form by the published deadline.

The application will require uploading a completed budget form .
  • Fundable expenses include:
    • Facilitator/trainer fees
    • Honoraria, speaker fees, and/or travel costs for guest speakers or alumni
    • Educational materials
    • Reasonable operational costs (non-alcoholic refreshments, food, recording costs, etc.)
  • Funds may not be used for any individual professional development or travel, or to fund conference attendance for individual students or postdoctoral fellows.
  • Funds may not be used for alcoholic beverages.
  • Proposals in which food/refreshments are more than 50% of the budget will not be considered for the higher sponsorship level.
  • Applicants must have additional sources of funding. Additional co-sponsorship opportunities are available via:
Applicants must follow all Northwestern University policies/procedures regarding expenses, purchases and reimbursements.


Award Administration

Awardees are required to include the credit line, Supported in part by The Graduate School, on all marketing materials and must notify the Graduate School of event dates and locations for publication in TGS Wire, if appropriate.

All TGS student organizations and TGS-funded events are expected to operate in accordance with Northwestern’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment and Northwestern’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Dating and Domestic Violence. Student organizations may not exclude any individual from membership, events, or other matters related to the organization on the basis of the protected categories listed in the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment, which can be found here.


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