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Competitive Professional Reimbursement

Graduate Student Organization

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is dedicated to fostering the professional development of Steinhardt graduate students. To this end, the GSO offers professional development funding on a competitive basis to help defray the cost of various professional activities related to, but not required, graduate student studies, such as attending professional conferences, research projects, art exhibits, musical performances, speaking engagements, etc.

About Competitive Professional Reimbursement 

Students are reimbursed for expenses related to professional development activities completed before the application deadlines. It is not a scholarship to fund professional development activities before attendance. The selection committee will determine who is reimbursed by assessing the requested application materials. The committee is the GSO President, Vice President, and Treasurer. The GSO advisor audits all decisions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Before the application submission is due, an applicant's professional development activity must be completed.
  • Must be an enrolled graduate student at NYU Steinhardt
  • Professional development activities should take place after the previous Competitive Professional Development deadline
    • First-year students are only eligible to apply for development activities after the first day of their NYU enrollment (first day of classes)

Application Requirements

  • Applications can be submitted only once for each event or activity
    • If applying for multiple reimbursements, one application per submission must be submitted
  • Applications must be completed in full and submitted by the stated deadline
    • Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will not be considered

GSO Competitive Professional Reimbursement Application

Application Deadlines:

Students can be reimbursed twice yearly: once in the fall and once in the spring semester. Application submissions will open in late Fall for the Fall Application deadline and early Spring for the Spring Application deadline. The application will close by the application deadline.

Applications submission deadlines:

  • Fall - Friday, December 1, 2023, 5 PM EST
  • Spring -  Friday, April 26, 2024, 5 PM EDT 


Awarded recipients can receive up to $1000 in funding. Reimbursements are competitive; therefore, applying does not guarantee that funds will be awarded.

Funds Eligible for:

  • Conference or workshop fees
  • Professional development programs
  • Travel and accommodation expenses
  • Presentation supplies

Funds NOT Eligible for Reimbursement:

  • Department/program requirements ( courses, certifications, or training)
  • Professional development activities that are being paid for by other funding sources
  • Personal expenses (tuition, loans, student fees, organization dues, books, or coursework supplies)
  • Personal expenses, food, or beverages purchased for/at professional development activities
  • Research grants

Students can appeal their award by submitting a letter to the GSO Executive Board within one week of receiving their CPR award notification.

GSO Competitive Professional Reimbursement Application