Career Development Grants

Career Development Grants are available to all UNCSA students to help fund projects and materials that will impact their professional career plans. Grant awards range from $300 to $750. 

Note: Information and guidelines for December 2019 recipients

Note: The UNC System has imposed travel restrictions, effective immediately. Until further notice, all non-essential travel (by students, faculty and staff) is prohibited in order to reduce the risk of COVID transmission on campus. For at least this cycle of the CDG, your project will not be funded if it includes any travel. It is not known how long this restriction will be in effect.

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 note 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.)*

*For the fall cycle only of the grant, equipment purchases are allowed since travel is not. If your project includes purchasing equipment, please include justification for how this benefits your career during 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 2020

Oct. 8 Online Application Available
Nov. 13 Applications Due
Dec. 4 Awards Announced

Spring 2020

Feb. 8 Online Application Available
Apr. 5 Applications Due
Apr. 30 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 2020 grant writing workshops.

Successful applicants will be notified by email in December (for fall awards) and April (for spring awards). 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: For the fall cycle only of the grant, equipment purchases are allowed since travel is not. If your project includes purchasing equipment, please include justification for how this benefits your career during COVID.
    • Page 3. Budget $300-$750 (See example of a budget.)
    • Page 4. Resume (See example of a resume.)
    • Page 5. 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)

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.