Reimagining Professional Development Award

This award for graduate students and postdocs was created to understand the career and professional development needs of their peers across campus and to design resources and programs to address those needs.

Texas Career Engagement encourages graduate students and postdocs to apply for the Reimaging Professional Development Award that recognizes their ability to design and promote student need-driven programming and resources for career and professional development.

Award recipients will be recognized for their design and creation of resources and programs through July 2022.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 15 by 11:59 PM

Learn More and View Proposal Details

Apply Online

Topics of Interest

Topics of particular interest for new resources and programs within career and professional development include but are not limited to the following:

  • Innovation, including leadership, entrepreneurship, and creative ways to build skills and get experiences such as contract work, project work, internships, and externships.
  • Finance, including personal budgeting, identifying and securing funding, side hustles, and managing a budget for an organization.
  • Writing and publication, including writing for non-academic audiences and navigating the publishing process.
  • Digital professionalism, including social media, web design and website creation, and managing one’s brand on LinkedIn and other platforms.

Target Audience

New resources and programs of particular interest will target the following populations:

  • A cross-section of Masters, PhD, and postdoctoral scholars beyond one department or college.
  • Historically underserved populations including ethnic, racial and religious minorities, scholars with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQIA+, parents, non-traditional and first generation, and international students and scholars.
  • Preference given to proposals that increase accessibility through bilingual content or programming.
  • Preference given to proposals for resources accessible beyond one program or moment in time.

Application Process


Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or be a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Texas at Austin throughout the completion of the project.

Past awardees are eligible to apply with new proposals, but new applicants will be prioritized to diversify engagement and offer equitable access to this award.

Financial Award

Individual applicants can request up to $1,200. Team applicants of two or more individuals can request up to $3,000.  Applicants need to have room in their financial aid package in order to accept this scholarship. Otherwise, loans may be reduced or  funding may not be realized. Please contact Texas One Stop with any questions.

The award is distributed in installments and certain award program milestones must be met, if awarded. Funding could be jeopardized if certain requirements are not met, including finalization of the award project.

Proposal Requirements

The proposal must include the following items:
A PDF that outlines:

  • The proposal title
  • A clearly defined graduate student or postdoc need.
  • Your proposed solution to address the need. The solution must define the format of a digital resource (e.g., video, worksheet, guide, website content, or podcast) or a virtual or in-person program (e.g., one-time workshop, seminar, or series of programs). You are welcome to incorporate other speakers or contributors from UT Austin or beyond in this solution.
  • A timeline for execution of the project, including expected date of completion (must be completed by August 1, 2022).
  • The targeted population(s) of the project and anticipated number of students served; the project must serve students from more than one school or college.
  • The award amount requested for up to $1200 for each individual applicant, $3,000 per team.
  • An anticipated itemized budget for associated costs, up to $1,000 for individual proposals and up to $2,000 for team proposals.

One compilation of less than two minutes per author that includes a bio for each named author(s) and your interest in addressing graduate student or postdoc need.

Application Timeline

  • November 15 at 11:59 p.m.: Application Deadline
  • December 5: Award Notification
  • December 8: Award Acceptance Deadline
  • January 15: 25% of Award Issued
  • Spring and Summer 2022: Award Projects Implemented
  • Remaining 75% of Award Issued upon Project Completion
  • August 1, 2022: Project Completion Deadline

Sample Proposals

Attend Q&A Session

For more information, attend the Virtual Q&A Session on Monday, November 8, 12-12:30 p.m.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Reimagining Professional Development Award, please contact Anita Husen.

Meet with an expert

Make a confidential appointment with a Graduate Career Advisor to explore next steps and prepare for your career.

Make an Appointment