Career Development Grants

Career Development Grants (CDG) are available to all UNCSA students to help fund opportunities that will impact their professional career. 

This is a competitive grant. 

Clearly articulate how your proposal will benefit your career. Give consideration to ways you will network and describe those plans in your proposal. UNCSA faculty can advise on networking and informational interview strategies. 

In your proposal, request funding for the primary event you’re attending (registration cost for the festival, conference, etc.) before requesting the supplementary costs like food, travel, housing, etc.

Can be used for:

  • Professional photos 
  • Festivals 
  • Competitions
  • Professional auditions
  • Work interviews
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Workshops
  • Professional conferences
  • Internships/apprenticeships*
  • Attending exhibitions and performances in conjunction with networking
  • Website development (limited to a 1-year subscription)
  • Online cloud storage subscriptions (limited to a 1-year subscription)

*If internships/apprenticeships are paid, include the amount to be paid as a funding source in your budget. 

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19, following the CDG committee approval, all applications with international travel will require Chancellor approval in order to be awarded. 

Cannot be used for:

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

Deadlines for the 2022-23 Career Development Grant

Oct. 17, 2022 Online Application Available
Dec. 12, 2022  Applications Due
Jan. 30, 2023  Awards Announced

May 2023 graduates must complete their projects and submit for reimbursement by Aug. 31, 2023. Continuing students must complete projects by December 2023. Reimbursement must be requested within two months of project completion for all students.

Grant awards range from $300 to $1000. Funding can only be used for the project(s) outlined in the grant application. In the case where acceptance into a particular festival/internship is uncertain, applicants may propose more than one project, but each must be fully described, as outlined in the application instructions below. One award per student per academic year is allowed.  This is a reimbursement grant.  

Refer to the Office of Career Development page for information on the fall 2022 grant writing workshops. Contact the Writing Center for assistance with your grant application.

Reimbursement instructions


The grant application includes:

  1. Student information section
  2. Project details section
  3. Project documents section (submit a single 5-page PDF file, with the applicant’s name appearing at the top of each page, 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) 
    • 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-$1000 (See examples 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 2022

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

Grant applications are closed for this academic year. The application will open in October 2023 for the 2023-24 cycle.

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.