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Funding for Professional Development and Conferences

Each year, Dornsife's Office of Education receives requests from students to fund professional development and conference opportunities in the field of public health. These opportunities allow students to present their research, learn more about advancements and lessons learned in public health, meet other graduate students, and network with leaders in the field of public health.

Undergraduate and master’s students at Dornsife may request funding from the Office of Education for conference and professional development travel by completing the Professional Development/Conference Travel Award Request form. Doctoral students are not eligible for this award.

Given the number of requests and the limited financial resources that the department has, please understand that not all requests will be honored. Priority will be given to students who are near the end of their program, who have not requested funding from the department before, and who submit requests with significant advance notice.

The intention of the travel award is to provide supplemental funding for the following types of expenses: rail, shuttle, or air transportation, conference and registration fees, and/or hotel expenses. Requests for auto-rental, mileage, tolls, parking, ride sharing or taxi services, and/or meal funding are not eligible.

How to Request Funding 

Please complete the funding request form and describe your professional development or conference opportunity. You will be asked to provide the following information: a brief rationale for your request, an estimated budget, and to share photos and a review upon the conclusion of the event. This information may be shared on the department’s website, Facebook page, or in reports to the upper administration. We will process reimbursements after we receive your materials.

Funding requests must be submitted at least four weeks in advance. The maximum level of support provided is $200. Please note that funding is limited and is not guaranteed, so applicants should consider alternative sources of funding.

Please send the completed request form to Michelle Quigley and direct any questions to Michelle.