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Individual Grant Descriptions

Career Development

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. The award cannot be used to fund research projects.

Conference Travel

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 to fund research projects.

Reimbursement Process

Grant recipients will be asked to provide itemized receipts for all of their expenses associated with the grant activity.  Upon receiving the receipts and a revised budget form reflecting actual expenses and sources of funding, COGS will disburse funds via PayPal.

Contact Information

For questions about grants that were awarded in the 2016-2017 academic year, please email 

For questions about grants in the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year, please email


Any student represented by COGS -- all "GRD-designated" and non-professional graduate students on the Twin Cities campus -- is eligible to apply for a COGS grant.  You will need a current tuition bill showing the Council of Graduate Students fee assessment or a current registration summary showing Doctoral FTE 8444, Masters FTE 8333, or GRAD 9999.

NOTE: If your tuition bill shows that you pay the Professional Student Government fee, you are NOT eligible for COGS grants. Instead, explore PSG grant options:

If you are uncertain whether you are eligible to apply for COGS grants, please email with your inquiry.

Previous grant recipients ARE eligible to apply for COGS grants.

Event Timing

Fall 2016 Grants: events and activities must occur between September 5, 2017, and January 15, 2018.

Spring 2017 Grants: events and activities must occur between January 16, 2018 and May 12, 2018.  

Summer 2017 Grants: events and activities must occur between May 13, 2018 and September 3, 2018. 

An event (including conference travel) that has already occurred by the time the grant will be reviewed will be considered for a grant for reimbursement on the same basis as an activity that has not yet occurred. 


Fall 2017 Applications will open September 5th, 2017. Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on October 13th 2017.

Conference Travel Grant Application Link : Fall 2017 Conference Application

Career Development Travel Grant Application Link : Fall 2017 Career Development Grant

Please ask your adviser, DGS, professor, or University of Minnesota supervisor to provide a letter of recommendation in support of your grant application. The recommendation should certify that you are currently enrolled and in good standing, and it should also describe your merits and the merits of your proposed grant activity. Because of the competitive nature of these grants, please select a recommender who will have the time required to write you a strong recommendation.
Your recommender will submit his/her recommendation online. Share the following link with your recommender: 

You may submit your application prior to the letter of recommendation, but your application will not be complete until the recommendation is received.  Recommendations are due by the application deadline.

Fall 2017 Application Deadlines (for activities occurring September 5th 2017 - January 15th 2018)

 Maximum Award
Program Name
 Purpose of Grant
 Application Deadline
$900Career Development GrantGraduate students who are attending workshops, training, short courses, or traveling to internships for professional development.Oct.13th, 2017  
  $900Conference Travel GrantGraduate students who are presenting original work at a conference (e.g. posters, oral presentations.) Oct.13th, 2017 

Application Success Rates

Fall 2016: 163 applications, 41 awards (some full funding, some partial funding) = 25% of individual grant applicants received some funding

Spring 2017: 118 applications, 26 awards (some full funding, some partial funding) = 22% of individual grant applicants received some funding

Summer 2017:

Please be advised that the Conference Travel Grants and Career Development Grants are highly competitive. Only the most competitive applications receive funding, and due to limited funds, often, the funding is partial. 

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.