Career Development Grants

Career Development Grants (CDG) are available to all UNCSA students to help fund projects and materials that will impact their professional career plans. This is a receipt-based reimbursement grant and awards range from $300 to $750. 

The UNC System has imposed travel restrictions on all non-essential travel by students, faculty and staff in order to reduce the risk of COVID transmission on campus. Your project cannot be funded if it includes any travel, even if reimbursement is not requested for travel costs. 

The Career Development Grant can be used for:

  • Professional photos (must be done locally as long as the UNC System travel restriction is in place - see above)
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Website development (limited to a 1-year subscription)
  • Online cloud storage subscriptions (limited to a 1-year subscription)
  • Audio and video editing software*
  • Equipment (microphones, ring lights, tripods, backdrops, etc.)*

* Equipment purchases are allowed since travel is not. If your project includes purchasing equipment, please include justification for how this benefits your career during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As long as the UNC System travel restriction is in place, the following must be done virtually or locally:

  • Non-credit internships/apprenticeships
  • Classes/Lessons with non-UNCSA faculty or staff
  • Festivals
  • Competitions
  • Professional auditions
  • Work interviews
  • Workshops
  • Professional conferences
  • Exhibitions

Career Development Grants cannot be used for:

  • Projects that involve travel
  • Private tutorials with UNCSA faculty or staff
  • Funding productions
  • Curriculum requirements
  • School auditions

Deadlines

Fall 2021

TBD Online Application Available
TBD Applications Due
TBD Awards Announced

 

Grant awards range from $300 to $750. One award per student per academic year is allowed.  

Refer to the Office of Career Development page for information on the fall 2021 grant writing workshops.

Successful applicants will be notified by email in December. Reimbursement must be requested within two months of project completion. Funding can only be used for the project outlined in the grant application. 

If more than one project is included in the application, each project must have all the components listed below.

Reimbursement instructions

Application

The grant application includes:

  1. Student information section
  2. Project details section
  3. Project documents section (submit a single 5-page PDF file that includes the following)
    • Page 1. Project description (500 words maximum)
    • Page 2. Short summary of how this grant will benefit your career (250 words maximum) Note: Equipment purchases are allowed since travel is not. If your project includes purchasing equipment, please include justification for how this benefits your career during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Page 3. Project approval from your primary faculty member/adviser/mentor (this can be an email converted into a PDF or a signed letter in PDF form)
    • Page 4. Budget $300-$750 (See example of a budget.)
    • Page 5. Resume (See example of a resume.)

The PDF file you upload should be labeled as follows:

  • Last name_First name_CDG_Fall 2021

This rubric will be used to score the applications. It is recommended that all applicants review the rubric prior to submitting their application.

Career development grant application


Career Development Grant committee members

Career Development Grants are made possible through the generous support of the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.