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Individual Grants

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. The work presented must be affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

All grants are reviewed by a volunteer committee of graduate students. Decisions are based on the motions made by the committee. No grant is subject to a decision made by a single person.

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 in the 2018-2019 academic year, please email
For questions about grants in the 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 8777, or GRAD 8888.

New update on eligibility

GRAD999 : Students registered for a 999 course are not COGS fee paying students automatically, however, students registered for 999 may volunteer to pay it by emailing 

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.

Each student may submit one application from each of the two categories every semester. This means a student can submit a maximum of one conference travel application and one career development travel application. Limit to one conference or career development "activity" per application.

Event Timing

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

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

Summer 2018 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. 


Summer Applications are due date is April 30th, 2018, 11:59 PM.

Conference Travel Grant Application Link : Summer 2018 Conference Travel Application
Career Development Travel Grant Application Link : Summer 2018 Career Development Travel Application

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.

Summer 2018 Application Deadlines (for activities occurring May 13th 2018- September 3 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.April 30, 2018
  $900Conference Travel GrantGraduate students who are presenting original work at a conference (e.g. posters, oral presentations.) April 30, 2018

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: 214 applications, 33 awards (some full funding, some partial funding) = 15% of individual grant applications received some funding.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018:


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, the funding is often 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.