The Professional Development Grant is intended to provide CSPA-NYS members with the opportunity to attend the annual CSPA-NYS conference when sufficient funding is not available from their current institution. The value of the grant will be the cost of registration for the annual conference. The recipient will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

Applications are due September 20, 2019 and will be reviewed by a committee chaired by the President-Elect.  Grants will be awarded to the recipients who best fulfill the outlined requirements. If you are selected for the grant and have have already registered for the conference, you will be refunded the cost of your registration.  One grant may be awarded annually, however, the committee may choose not to award a grant on the basis of the quality of applications received.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a paid member of CSPA-NYS | Register for Membership

  • Demonstrate involvement in CSPA-NYS

  • Not have received a grant within the previous five years

  • Be willing to commit to CSPA-NYS involvement over the next academic year, which could include, but is not limited to any or all of the following:

    • Submit an article or column for a CSPA-NYS E-lert

    • Submit a conference presentation proposal for the next annual conference

    • Participate in a CSPA-NYS committee or leadership role

    • Volunteer at the annual conference or other CSPA-NYS event

Criteria by which applications will be considered:

  • Demonstrated lack of institutional funding

  • Current or potential involvement with CSPA-NYS

Application Materials:

  • Resume: a current resume that includes degrees earned and professional experience.

  • Supervisor Letter: a letter from a supervisor that certifies lack of institutional funding and provides permission to attend the annual conference should the applicant be selected to receive the grant.

  • Essay: no more than 500 words describing why you are seeking the grant and how you will benefit. Please include previous, current, or potential involvement in CSPA-NYS.

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