STPP student development grant

The STPP Student Career Development Grant is designed to provide supplemental support for students who seek to learn about science and technology policy outside of the classroom. Students use this funding to attend science and technology policy-related conferences and professional development events that may otherwise be cost-prohibitive, including conferences (e.g., AAAS Conference), workshops (e.g. Science Outside the Lab), and unpaid or underpaid internships.

Eligibility: Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The maximum grant amount is $1,000. To apply, you must be in good academic standing and have successfully completed one of the two STPP core courses. Students enrolled in their second STPP core course when the application is submitted are also eligible. You may apply once per fiscal year. Applications will not be considered for retroactive funding. MPP/MPA students should contact the Graduate Career Services department for information on how to apply for Ford School-specific professional development funding.

Deadline: Ongoing.

Award Description: The STPP Student Career Development Grant can be applied to STPP-specific career development activities, including conferences (e.g., AAAS Conference), workshops (e.g., Science Outside the Lab), and unpaid or underpaid internships. Grants are awarded in the form of a reimbursement; if that would pose a hardship for you, let us know and we may be able to make different arrangements. Grants are considered taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. For more information on tax-related issues, visit the UM Finance Office and International Center tax sites.

Requirements: If you receive an award, you will be required to:

  1. Provide receipts/proof of attendance
  2. Write an evaluation/reflection statement upon completion of the event. This statement will summarize your experience and describe how your experience will impact your future career plans and will be highlighted in the STPP Newsletter.
  3. Be available for Program activities, such as information sessions on career development opportunities.

Application Procedure: Completed applications must be submitted electronically to the Managing Director prior to the start of the professional development activity. Hard copies will not be accepted. Applications are reviewed within 72 hours of receipt. Funding is determined on a rolling basis and is not guaranteed. You may apply for the funds at any time, but the funds will not be disbursed until we receive your paid registration receipt.

Contact Information: Questions? Please contact the Managing Director for more information.

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