Student Professional & Career Development Grants

Shenkman Career Services Fund

Student recipients will receive funding that can be used to help reimburse payment for professional development opportunities that might be considered cost-prohibitive. For example:

  • registration fees for professional conferences in a student’s academic area of interest (not for study abroad fees, academic credit opportunities)
  • costs associated with specialized training opportunities, portfolio development, research (i.e. survey tool, not used for participant survey compensation), etc.
  • business professional attire up to $250 reimbursed


Funds are available for undergraduate and graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at GW and your primary designation must be "student" in order to be eligible to submit an application. GWSB students should contact the Fowler Career Center to apply for GWSB-specific funding.


  • Grants are awarded in the form of a reimbursement for up to a maximum of $500 spent on eligible activities.
  • 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 professional or career development activities that have occurred prior to submitting an application are ineligible for funding.
  • If multiple students request funding to attend the same conference, we will fund a maximum of ten (10) students per conference.  Individual awards may be limited, per the discretion of the award review committee, in order to provide a more equitable distribution of funding.
  • Funding priority will be given to students who have been selected to present a project or paper at the conference for which they are applying.
  • Doctoral students who will not be presenting a project or paper at a conference are ineligible for funding.
  • Medical students who are going through any residency interview process are ineligible for funding.
  • Residency students through the School of Medicine and Health Sciences are ineligible for funding.
  • Opportunities pursued to support a required research project (Capstone, Thesis, Dissertation, etc.) or to fulfil specific academic/course requirements (Purchase of software, books etc.) are ineligible for funding.
  • Opportunities pursued to complete professional development hours (professional enhancement) for degree completion are ineligible for funding.
  • Exchange programs at other institutions are ineligible for funding.


If you receive an award, you will be required to:

  • provide receipts or proof of payment for the eligible activities of which you wish to be reimbursed (e.g., conference or training registration payments, business professional attire up to $250 reimbursed).
  • all receipts must have the participant's name listed (i.e. hotel reservations, registration, itemized receipts, etc.).
  • write an evaluation statement and brief reflection. The reflection may be used in stewardship materials in the future.
  • share your availability for activities (thank you letters, information sessions, donor-recognition events, etc.) to promote the Shenkman Career Services Fund.

If your project or experience will require a security clearance, you must receive the clearance before the grant can be awarded.

You may be required to provide supplementary documentation to verify activities and costs associated with the award. Opportunities outside the United States may be considered - approval of the opportunity through GW Passport must be included with your application.

Impact on Financial Aid Packages

If you receive need-based financial aid and receive this award, your aid package may be impacted. Contact Ruth Hoch, Associate Director of Student Financial Assistance at [email protected] to discuss any potential impact on your aid package. If you are a student in the Law or Medical Schools, please contact the GW Law Financial Aid Office or the SMHS Financial Aid Office for information about how the award may impact your aid package.

Tax Information

Your award will be treated as taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. 

For U.S. citizens, permanent residents and resident aliens, GW is not required to report the award payments to the Internal Revenue Service; reporting such income for tax purposes is the sole responsibility of the recipient.

For non-resident aliens, the award payments may be subject to federal income tax withholding at 0%, 14% or 30% depending on factors such as the student’s visa type and the existence of a U.S. tax treaty with the student’s country of residence. International students should contact the GW Tax Department to determine their circumstances. 

Submit an Application

Submit an application through the MyGW portal to be considered for an award.  Applications open on the first day of the Fall and Spring semesters. All applications must be received no later than final day of classes each semester in order to be considered for funding. 

Please note the following:

  • Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis, please allow enough time for application review prior to the start of your professional development opportunity.
  • Although applications may be submitted by a certain date, the awarding of funding is determined on a rolling basis and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no guarantee that a submitted application will be granted an award.

Opportunities Abroad

If the professional and career development opportunity meets the other eligibility requirements, international opportunities are eligible for support through the PCDG.  Students are required to complete the International Travel Approval Process and purchase GeoBlue, GW's international health insurance.  Students must upload the acceptance email received from OIP with their materials.

About the Shenkman Career Services Fund

The Shenkman Career Services Fund augments and advances the goal of the university’s Career Services Enhancement Initiative to strengthen the overall career culture at GW.  Through a generous donation made by Board of Trustees Emeritus Mark R. Shenkman, M.B.A. ‘67, and his wife Rosalind, these grants will provide opportunities for GW undergraduate and graduate students to engage in career and professional development activities.


Questions about Shenkman Career Services Fund Student Grants?

If you have questions or would like more information about Shenkman Student Professional & Career Development Grants, contact us at [email protected].