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Development Grants

The purpose of the Professional Development Grants for Women program is to facilitate the professional development and career mobility of women.

Download the 2003-11 Professional Development Grants document to learn about previously awarded grants.

Three types of Professional Development Grants:

Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants for Women are designed to facilitate professional development and career mobility of women. Faculty and staff who have been continuously employed at Ohio State for at least one year; full-time undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above; and full-time graduate/professional students are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Grant. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded.

This grant may be used for:

  • Participation and/or presentation at professional conferences, seminars, or workshops
  • Research
  • Materials, equipment, supplies, or other expenses directly related to career or professional development
  • Developing articles or books for publication
  • Networking or mentoring activities

Women of Color Advancement Grants

Women of Color Advancement Grants are designed to facilitate professional development, career mobility, and networking activities of women of color faculty, staff, and graduate students. Faculty and staff who have been continuously employed at Ohio State for at least one year and full-time graduate students are eligible to apply for a Women of Color Advancement Grant. Grants up to $1,000 will be made.

This grant may be used for:

  • Participation and/or presentation at professional conferences, seminars, or workshops
  • Research
  • Materials, equipment, supplies, or other expenses directly related to career or professional development
  • Developing articles or books for publication
  • Networking or mentoring activities

The Marianna Russell Technology Grant

This fund will sponsor grants for professional development for women who are in or are going into technology fields. The term "technology field" is to be widely construed so as to include all facets of technology, including, but not limited to, work in sciences, engineering, teaching, communication, or administration. The amount of the grant will be determined by the amount of money available in a given year.

Activities to facilitate the professional development and career mobility of women include, but are not limited to, activities related to technology career exploration and refocusing, changing, or enhancing skills in technology-related fields, either for oneself or in order to help other women achieve these goals. Funding will be considered for, but not limited to:

  • Attendance/presentation at professional conferences
  • Professional development seminars
  • Developing articles or books for publication
  • Networking activities/mentoring projects
  • Equipment/supply costs
  • Expenses directly related to the ability to participate in a career-advancement opportunity