Announcing the Career Development Award! (CDA)

Our student government, the Associated Students of the Graduate Division (ASGD), recognizes that students are interested in pursuing a diverse range of careers.


     For years, we have offered our Conference Travel Fund award (CTF, information here, application here), designed to substantially decrease financial barriers to conference attendance.  However, we recognize that conference attendance is only one component of career development, a multifaceted process requiring both targeted networking and skill sets that may lay beyond the realm of graduate coursework. 


     To this point, we are excited to announce a new program: the Career Development Award (CDA, information here, application here).


     The CDA is a one-time $150 award for graduate students for use in career development. Because you know better than we do what you need for your future career, we’ve intentionally phrased the funding guidelines for the CDA broadly. The CDA could potentially be used for the networking portion of conferences, online courses, and more – we’re excited to see what you come up with! 


     Generally speaking, the main thing you can’t use the CDA for is conference attendance – for that, you should apply for a grant from our Conference Travel Fund (CTF, information here, application here) or for a Graduate Division Travel Award (information and application here). As with our CTF, students may receive only one CDA as a degree candidate at UCSF.


     A total of 15 CDAs will be awarded every quarter on a rolling basis. We encourage all interested graduate students to apply.  Most graduate students are eligible – if you are uncertain, you can check the list of eligible graduate programs here. We also encourage all students to engage with OCPD’s wide range of resources, which covers areas of professional development that the CDA likely will not.


     For more information about the CDA, take a look at the information sheet. You can find the application here.


     If you have any questions, please direct them to both [email protected] and [email protected].