Resources for... William & Mary
William & Mary W&M menu close William & Mary

Graduate A&S Professional Development Fund

A new fund to support the professional development of A&S graduate students.

Need funds to help support your professional development? Participate in Graduate Center professional development programs and earn PD Points. The more points you earn, the more funds you become eligible for. Offered by the Graduate Center thanks to financial support from the alumni of the Graduate Studies Advisory Board.

Earn Professional Development Points (PD Points) Per Semester:
  • Attend a workshop sponsored by the Grad Center
    • 1 workshop = 1 point
  • Use the GWRC
    • 1 writing consultation = 1 point
  • Attend an Emerging Scholars Series talk
    • 1 talk = 1 point
  • Take a GRAD course (excludes ELL courses 501, 502, 503, 505)
    • 1 course = 6 points
Redeem PD Points for Funds:
  • 4 points = $50 PD Fund Award
  • 8 points = $100 PD Fund Award
  • 12 points = $150 PD Fund Award
Instructions & Application Information:

All points must be accrued within a single semester, however points accrued during the summer may be applied to the fall semester. To redeem PD Points, fill out this form to document your participation in eligible Grad Center programs. We will verify your participation from our records.

Application Form

  • December 1 (11:59 p.m. ET) for the Fall Semester;
  • April 15 (11:59 p.m. ET) for the Spring Semester.

Following verification, you’ll receive an email notification regarding your PD Fund Award within 10 days of the deadline, and funds will be processed soon thereafter.

Eligibility & Small Print:

To be eligible for these awards, students must be in good academic standing and may not be graduating in the semester in which they apply to redeem PD points. Only students enrolled in an A&S masters or doctoral program are eligible. Students may apply to redeem points in two consecutive semesters, but priority will be given to students redeeming for the first time.

Awards are subject to the availability of funds. PD Fund Awards are to be used for professional development related expenses; these funds may not be used for research expenses or travel expenses. Examples of eligible expenses include but are not limited to: professional headshots; business cards; books, resources, or fee-bearing courses related to developing professional skills.

About this Opportunity

The A&S Graduate Center has up to $2000 to support the professional development of A&S graduate students thanks to the financial support and generosity of the alumni on the Graduate Studies Advisory Board. This is a modest pilot; your feedback is welcome and encouraged. A successful pilot may result in an increase in available funds in future years!