Graduate Student Organization

Competitive Professional Reimbursement

About the Competitive Professional Reimbursement 

  • NOTE: You cannot submit to this Fund PRIOR to having attended the event. There are no exceptions.
  • Funds are awarded as reimbursements for expenses related to professional development activities that are not required - but are beneficial to - a student's program or career.
  • Funds can be used to cover conference fees, workshops, professional development programs, travel and accommodation expenses, and presentation supplies. No personal expenses, food, or beverages will be covered.
  • Reimbursements are awarded twice a year, in the fall and spring semesters.
  • The maximum amount of each award is $250
  • Reimbursements are competitive and the application process does not guarantee that funds will be awarded.
  • Reimbursements are awarded by the Selection Committee that includes the GSO President, GSO Vice President, and the GSO Treasurer.
  • Reimbursement awards can be appealed by submitting a letter to the GSO Executive Board within one week of the date of the letter notifying the applicant of her or his funding status.
  • Doctoral students looking for the Doctoral Student Travel Fund form should go here for more information. These funds are awarded through Steinhardt Student Affairs, not GSO, and need to be applied for prior to attending  the event occurs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be matriculated graduate students in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development both at the time of application and at the time of the event's occurrence.
  • Reimbursements will be given only for professional work or activities connected to the student's program of study or professional development. Reimbursements will not be awarded for such things as tuition, loans, student fees, organization dues, books, or coursework supplies.
  • Applications may be submitted only once for each event or activity.
  • Applications may not be submitted for activities that are being paid for by other funding sources.
  • The reimbursement application must be completed in full and submitted by the stated deadline. Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must include a typed narrative statement, of 500 words, providing an explanation and overview of your involvement with the reimbursement-related activity, and how this activity relates to your professional goals.
  • Applications must contain an itemized budget or a list of costs incurred for which reimbursement is requested. Original receipts must be included with the application (please keep a photocopy for your records). If you have paid for expenses by check, include a copy of the cancelled check used for payment. If you have paid for expenses by credit card, include the credit card statement with the itemized expense listed (be sure to black out any identifying information on your statement to ensure confidentiality).
  • Applications must include the appropriate Expense Reimbursement Forms EXP2000S & EXP2000T. These forms, and instructions for completing them, can be found in the application link below.
  • Applications should include proof of participation in the professional development event, such as a copy of the program, a laminated name tag, or other item that clearly shows that the requesting student was a participant at the event for which he/she is requesting reimbursement.

Competitive Professional Development Reimbursement Application 

Doctoral Students: Click Here First! You may be able to eligible for the Steinhardt Student Affairs Doctoral Student Travel Fund.


Applications must be submitted to the GSO office by 5 PM on the following deadlines:

Fall semester:          December 2, 2016 

Spring semester:      May 5, 2017

Late applications will not be accepted. For questions, please email us at

We look forward to receiving your applications and learning more about the great development activities Steinhardt graduate students are pursuing!