Career Development Grants

Career Development Grants are available to all UNCSA students to help fund projects that will impact their professional career plans.

The Career Development Grant can be used for:

  • Professional photos
  • Summer and other festivals
  • Competitions
  • Professional auditions
  • Work interviews
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Workshops
  • Professional conferences
  • Internships/apprenticeships
  • Exhibitions
  • Website development

Career Development Grants can not be used for:

  • Private tutorials with UNCSA faculty or staff
  • Funding productions
  • Equipment
  • Curriculum requirements
  • School auditions

Grant awards range from $300 to $750. One application per student per year is allowed. Upon completion of the project a reimbursement request is submitted. (Refer to the reimbursement instructions.)


The grant application includes:

  1. Student information section
  2. Project description (500 words maximum)
  3. Short summary of how this grant will benefit your career (250 words maximum)
  4. Budget (See example.)
  5. Resume (See example.)
  6. Project approval from your primary faculty member (this can be an email converted into a PDF or a signed letter in PDF form)

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


October 9 Online Application Available
November 18 Applications Due
December 13 Awards announced

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

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.