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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 $500. 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: $1200. 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.


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 1, 2016, and January 16, 2017.

Spring 2017 Grants: events and activities must occur between January 17, 2017 and May 13, 2017.  

Summer 2017 Grants: events and activities must occur between May 14, 2017 and September 4, 2017. 

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 2017 Career Development:

Summer 2017 Conference Travel:

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 2017 Application Deadlines (for activities occurring May 14 - September 4, 2017)

 Maximum Award
Program Name
 Purpose of Grant
 Application Deadline
$500Career Development GrantGraduate students who are attending workshops, training, short courses, or traveling to internships for professional development. April 30    by 11:59PM
  $1200Conference Travel GrantGraduate students who are presenting original work at a conference (e.g. posters, oral presentations.)  April 30    by 11:59PM

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

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.