Professional Development Grant

Student Association Professional Development Grant

The Student Association Professional Development Grant provides financial support to eligible students who submit an application to engage in professional development or career advancement activities. The main criteria for a grant is the demonstration of a clearly defined link to academic or professional goals and how the proposed activity will support those goals.

Students who plan to submit an application for a Student Association Professional Development Grant are encouraged to contact the Office of Students Services by email studentservices@sps.cuny.edu prior to submitting the application for guidance on the application and selection process.

Students must cover their expenses and submit appropriate documentation for reimbursement. Student Association Professional Development Grant awards may not be advanced.

2017-2018 Student Association Professional Development Grant Application Calendar

Application Due Date: Student Association Meeting: Notification By:

November 6, 2017

November 16, 2017

November 29, 2017

December 4, 2017

December 14, 2017

December 20, 2017

January 29, 2018

February 8, 2018

January 18, 2018

March 5, 2018

March 15, 2018

March 26, 2018

April 2, 2018

April 12, 2018

April 23, 2018

April 27, 2018

May 8, 2018

May 17, 2018

Student Association Professional Development Grants are not considered by the Student Association during the summer and winter terms.

Eligibility requirements

  • Students must be registered in the CUNY School of Professional Studies for the current semester.
  • Students must have been continuously enrolled at CUNY SPS for a minimum of two semesters.
  • Students must be matriculated with a minimum GPA of 2.00 for undergraduate students and a minimum GPA of 2.50 for graduate students.
  • Students must be making good academic progress towards the completion of their degree or certificate.
  • Students must have a record of good conduct.
  • Students must not owe tuition or fees to the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
  • Students must be available for any application follow up questions or clarification via email or phone.

Post-award requirements for reimbursement

  • Requests for reimbursements must be submitted to the Student Association by email at studentassociation@sps.cuny.edu within 10 days of the completed grant activity.
  • The approved professional development activity must be concluded before requesting a reimbursement.
  • Students who are awarded a SAPDG must submit a list of requested expenses along with the corresponding receipts to the Student Association by email at studentassociation@sps.cuny.edu within 10 business days of the approved activity for the processing of a reimbursement.
  • Along with proof of payment (original receipts, cancelled checks, credit card statements, etc.), students who are awarded a SAPDG must write a 250-500 word recap of the grant activity and how it affected the grantee’s educational goals for publication on the CUNY SPS Community Blog.

Examples of activities the Student Association Professional Development Grant funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Conference related expenses (registration fees, accommodations and travel)
  • Registration fees for locally based professional development workshops or career networking opportunities
  • Professional Association Memberships
  • Other activities evaluated on a case by case basis

The Student Association Professional Development Grant cannot be used for:

  • Full or partial tuition or fee costs
  • Textbook or course materials
  • Conference related expenses (meals, local travel, incidentals)
  • Personal expenses (living costs, credit card debt, loans, legal costs)

Maximum Award

A maximum of $250.00 will be awarded per academic year, subject to supporting documentation. The final award amount will be based upon review of applications and supporting documentation by the SAPDG Committee.

If the cost of the activity exceeds the amount approved, the individual is responsible for paying the remaining balance. The Student Association or the CUNY School of Professional Studies is not responsible for any remaining balance of the activity.

As the grant draws on a limited pool of funds, the Student Association cannot always guarantee the availability of SAPDG funds.

Students are eligible for one SAPDG per academic year.

How to apply for the Student Association Professional Development Grant

Complete this application and return it to the Student Association via email at studentassociation@sps.cuny.edu by the deadline as outlined above.

The Student Association Professional Development Grant Committee reviews and makes decisions on Professional Development Grants. Applications are due ten days prior to the next regularly scheduled Student Association meeting. Applicants will be notified of their application status within seven days following the Student Association meeting.