The Professional Development Exploration (PDE) Grant is designed to support MIT graduate students from all schools and departments in their pursuit of local professional development opportunities outside their area of study or research. Specifically, this fund is allocated to cover registration fees that are not currently funded by the student’s advisor or other funding sources. Registration would be covered, up to the $200 cap, for professional development activities including but not limited to seminars, workshops, conferences, and meetings.
NOTE: Travel, food, and lodging are not reimbursable from the PDE grant. You may apply to attend an event outside the Boston area, but the GSC will only reimburse for registration expenses. To apply for the GSC travel grant, which has a higher cap and reimburses travel and lodging expenses, click here. Also note that the travel grant is for conferences at which you will present your own research, so it is much less of an opportunity to explore new opportunities than the PDE grant.
Before applying to the PDE Fund, check your eligibility and apply for other programs, such as: http://stayinma.com/about-the-program/
The Professional Development Exploration Grant was established with the following guidelines:
If you are a recipient of a Professional Development Grant, you will be directed to contact the GSC Financial Administrator for reimbursement of your expenses. You will be required to submit original receipts and a copy of the conference proceedings.
We review proposals on the basis of the following criteria:
Professional Development grant proposals are evaluated in three cycles each year. Please apply to the correct cycle according to the dates of the event:
|Grant Period||Application Deadline||Notification||Event Period Covered|
|Fall||October 1||October 15||November 1 – January 15|
|Winter||December 1||December 15||January 1 – April 15|
|Spring||March 1||March 15||April 1 – June 30|
|Summer||June 1||June 15||July 1 – October 15|
Please file an RFP on Atlas (https://atlas.mit.edu) to request reimbursement for your registration fee. Once the reimbursement is approved, you will receive funds in direct deposit* (if information is on file at HR/payroll).
*Not sure if you’ve set up direct deposit? See the travel grant page for detailed information!
You’ve submitted your reimbursement online. Now what?
Submit a hardcopy of your event report & the original, detailed receipt to Lauren McLean (laurenm__@__mit.edu), at 50-220.
Want to know the status of your reimbursement? Set up email notifications on ATLAS (A) or check directly (B). Instructions for both options are below.
Questions? Please contact Meicen Sun and Sridipta Ghatak at gsc-prof-devel__@__mit.edu.