Apply for a Reimagining Professional Development Award

This award for graduate students and postdocs offers financial support for the production of programming, content, or training resources addressing the career and professional development needs of their peers across campus.

Texas Career Engagement encourages graduate students and postdocs to apply for the Reimagining Professional Development Award in recognition of  their unique perspectives and abilities  to identify and design student need-driven programming and resources for career and professional development.

Award recipients will be supported in their design and creation of resources and programs to be completed and delivered before August 1, 2024.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 17,  2023 by 11:59 p.m.

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Call for Proposals

Target Audience:

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Produce “evergreen” content that is accessible beyond one program or moment in time.
  • Are designed to increase access to career education and professional development for graduate students and scholars.
  • Serve a cross-section of disciplinary backgrounds from more than one college or school and are specifically targeted to master’s students, PhD students, and postdoctoral scholars.
  • Address unique and shared career development needs for graduate students and postdocs that aren’t currently addressed. Examples include but are not limited to scholars with disabilities, veterans, parents/caregivers, non-traditional and first generation, and international students and scholars.
  • Demonstrate an unmet need and potential for high impact.
  • Align with the work of Texas Career Engagement, focusing on career and professional development topics other than discipline-specific research or teaching.

All trainings and content created will be accessible to all students.

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 Aid

Individual applicants can request up to $1200. Team applicants of no more than three individuals can request up to $3000, with each individual limited to $1200. .  Applicants must 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. Certain award program milestones must be met to ensure full funding distribution. 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 the in-person program (e.g., one-time workshop, seminar, or panel) and any potential digital resource (e.g., video, worksheet, guide, website content, or podcast). 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 projected month of in-person event and completion of entire project.
  • 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, within the specified range of  up to $1200 for each individual applicant, or $3000 per team.
  • An anticipated itemized budget for associated costs, up to $1000 per individual proposal or up to $2000 per team proposal.

In addition, please include a video compilation of less than two minutes per author that includes a bio for each named author and your interest in addressing graduate student or postdoc need.

Guidance for Funding Requests

Funds will be allocated based in part on the level of involvement and effort required. Consult this chart to assess how much involvement your proposal will entail.

Application Timeline

  • November 17 at 11:59 p.m.: Application Deadline
  • December 2023: Award Notification
  • Early Spring 2024: Project Orientation
  • January 16, 2024: 25% of Award Issued
  • At time of project completion: Remaining 75% of award issued
  • Before August 1, 2024: Project Completion Deadline

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Reimagining Professional Development Award, please contact Loren Cressler.

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