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 (such as networking events, invited speakers, panel discussions, etc.), and research-related travel.

Deadline

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 and must submit their application in advance of the event; retroactive approval will not be given after an event. The earlier an application is received, the sooner the application can be reviewed and funds, if awarded, provided.

Eligibility

Students in The Graduate School who are active and enrolled in a PhD or MFA program and who have one or more dependent may apply for a grant.  Qualifying dependents include:

  • A child under 18 who is in your custody
  • A spouse/partner who is incapable of self-care, or
  • A dependent who lives with you, such as an adult child, a parent, sibling, or in-law-who is incapable of self-care and whom you claim as a dependent on your tax return.

Award

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, dissertation bootcamps, panel discussions, etc.
  • travel to visit to archives, perform fieldwork, or other non-regular 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 gradfund@northwestern.edu 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.

Contact

Please email gradfund@northwestern.edu with any questions.