Graduate Student Professional Development Fund Application

Ifill Professional Development

Funding rounds: November 15, March 1, April 15

The Ifill College Graduate Student Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance to graduate students who are attending and/or presenting original work (scholarly or creative) at academic or professional conferences or whose research for thesis or independent projects (scholarly or creative) requires funding. Applications are accepted three times per year.

These funds are designed to supplement, not replace, university level resources.  Therefore, students must demonstrate that they have also applied to the Simmons University Fund for Student Travel and/or Fund for Student Research through the Office of Sponsored Programs.


Range of Support

  • Up to $500 for attendance when a paper has been accepted
  • Up to $700 for attendance when a paper has been accepted internationally
  • Up to $400 for research related expenses (travel, archive access, etc.)