Dependent Care Professional Development Grant

The Dependent Care Professional Development Grant provides taxable funds to assist PhD and MFA students with dependents so that they may participate, as fully as possible, in professional meetings, conferences, workshops, professional development opportunities, and research-related travel.


The Dependent Care Professional Development Grant is awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year (September 1 – August 31). Students should apply as far in advance as possible, but no less than 30 days in advance of the professional development event to ensure the funds can be received in advance. Retroactive approval will not be given after an event.


Graduate students (PhD and MFA) with one or more dependent may apply for a grant. 


The Dependent Care Professional Development Grant can cover the cost of:

  • extra dependent care at home
  • on-site dependent care
  • transportation of dependent and/or caregiver

when students are participating in activities including:

  • professional meetings, conferences or workshops
  • professional development programs, such as networking events, invited speakers, panel discussions, etc.
  • travel to visit to archives, perform fieldwork, or other travel related to research

Eligible students may receive up to $750 annually. Eligible students may not be awarded more than $750 per academic year (Sept 1 – August 31).  If expenses are less than $750 for a single travel event, more than one request may be submitted for the academic year, until the maximum amount ($750) is reached.

The Dependent Care Professional Development Grants are paid through the regular payroll system and considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. Grants will be grossed up by 15% to assist with the potential tax liability.

Application Instructions

To apply for the grant, students should complete the Dependent Care Professional Development Grant form and submit it to at least 30 days prior to the intended travel or event.

This grant is considered a separate grant from the Conference Travel Grant. Students may apply for both grants simultaneously.  

Award Notification

Each student will receive notice of a decision in a timely manner after receipt of their application. An email will notify the student of the awarded dollar amount.


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