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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 graduate student studies such as attending professional conferences, research projects, art exhibits, musical performances, speaking engagements, etc.

About Competitive Professional Reimbursement 

Funds are awarded as reimbursements for expenses related to professional development activities that are not required for, but are beneficial or connected to, the student's program or career.

Reimbursements are awarded twice a year, once in the fall, and once in the spring semester.

The maximum amount of each award is $250.

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 competitive; applying does not guarantee that funds will be awarded.

Reimbursements are awarded by the Selection Committee, which includes the GSO President, Vice President, and 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 his or her funding status.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be matriculated graduate students at NYU Steinhardt at the time of application and at the time of the event's occurrence.

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.

Reimbursements will be given only for professional work or activities connected to, but not required by, 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 can be submitted only once for each event or activity. It cannot be submitted for activities that are being paid for by other funding sources.

Must be completed in full and submitted by the stated deadline. Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will not be considered.

Must include a typed, narrative statement with a minimum of 500 words providing an overview of and explaining your involvement with the reimbursement-related activity, and how this activity relates to your professional goals.

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, also include a copy of the canceled check used for payment. If you have paid for expenses by credit card, also include the credit card statement (be sure to black-out the account number on your statement to ensure confidentiality).

Must include the appropriate Expense Reimbursement Forms: EXP2000S and/or EXP2000T. Information and instructions on where to locate these forms, and for completing them, are found below.

Should include any supplementary material available, such as a copy of the program, a laminated name tag, or other items that clearly show that the requesting student was a participant at the event for which he/she is requesting reimbursement. Should also include a self-addressed envelope (do not include postage), in which materials can be returned to those not awarded reimbursement. 

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Applications must be submitted to the GSO office by 5 p.m. on the deadline. Deadlines:

  • Fall 2019 - December 6, 2019
  • Spring 2020 - April 24, 2020

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!