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Program Descriptions

Individual Grants

Career Development Grant

This grant is intended to pay costs associated with the development of graduate student careers. The maximum award is $900. Possible eligible expenses might include travel and fees associated with professional development workshops, learning new techniques essential for your career (e.g. polymerase chain reaction method, “programming for biologists” short course), and travel to internships. Students interested in attending and presenting at conferences should instead apply for the COGS Conference Travel Grant. 

Conference Travel Grant

This grant is intended for travel to present original work at a conference with a poster, oral presentation, or other acceptable format. Maximum award: $900. The award cannot be used toward research-related travel.

Community Grants

Graduate Student Event Grant

COGS Graduate Student Event Grants are intended to support the development of intellectual and social community across graduate disciplines and among graduate students at different stages in their studies.  Grants must be used for a single event or a series of related events that occur within the same semester.  These events must be open to and marketed to all graduate students.

COGS New Program Development Grants provide two semesters of funding for events or programs that are intended to be repeated over multiple semesters or years.  These grants are intended to help groups demonstrate the viability of their events and provide support as alternate sources of funding are established for future events.  

Guidelines Subject to Change at Any Time

Rules of the grant program and grant applications are subject to change at any time by the COGS Executive Board.  Nothing on this website or in the grant application is intended to bind the COGS Executive Board with one exception: the non-discrimination statement immediately below.

Nondiscrimination Statement

COGS (the Council of Graduate Students) is a student organization at the University of Minnesota. COGS will provide these grants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

A reference directory for other sources of funding can be found here.