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Professional Development Fund

AWARD

SEAS Career Services is partnering with Leidos to help cover the cost of fees associated with professional engineering associations. By joining and actively engaging with organizations, graduate students can learn of industry trends and career paths, access national networks and participate in continuing education opportunities.

Students may request up to $200 to go towards the cost of professional or career activities including:

  • Joining or renewing membership in professional organization(s) related to an engineering or computer science discipline. 
  • Registration fees for conferences hosted by professional organizations. 
Click here to see a list of professional organizations. Students may request an organization not listed but the mission of the organization must be related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math).

ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

  • You must currently be enrolled in a SEAS graduate program (Masters or PhD).
  • You can receive the award only once during your academic career at GW. Funding is disbursed in accordance with all applicable federal and university guidelines.
  • Activities that will occur after you graduate from your degree program or activities that have occurred prior to submitting an application are ineligible for funding.
  • Award recipients must meet with the SEAS Senior Career Counselor to sign the agreement form and receive funds. Payments will be made directly to the professional organization, not to the student. Students will not be reimbursed for money spent BEFORE receiving approval.
  • Award recipients must complete a reflection (minimum 100 words) of the activity they participated in or be subject to disciplinary academic action. Student reflections will be shared with Leidos.

APPLICATION & DEADLINE

To apply, complete the form below and upload a resume. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received and recipients will be selected by SEAS Career Center staff. Awards will be distributed to students who meet the eligibility requirements and until all funds for the year have been used. There is no guarantee that a submitted application will be granted an award.

  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is March 12, 2021.

Leidos Professional Development Fund Application

Complete this form to apply for funding to cover membership and conference fees to engineering and STEM professional organizations. Each student may request up $200.
  • You may request up to $200 total. Please provide the following information: [1] The name of the professional organization(s) or conference (include date and location) [2] The cost of a STUDENT fee.
  • Include the website or link to the organization(s) or conference listed above.
  • Include the website or link to the organization(s) or conference listed above.
  • Include the website or link to the organization(s) or conference listed above.
  • Please write a brief description of why you would like to join each organization or attend the conferences you listed above. Describe how this activity relates to one (or more) of Leidos’ six values: Integrity, Inclusion, Innovation, Agility, Collaboration, and Commitment.
  • Upload a copy of your most recent resume. If you are selected as a recipient your resume will be shared with Leidos.

CONTACT

If you have questions about the fund, eligible organizations, or need to submit the reflection essay, please email Kendra Northington at seascareers@gwu.edu.