Gary E. Smith Professional Development Scholarship

Deadline

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday of week 2 of each term*

Applicants will be notified by Friday of week 5. 

*We understand that sometimes students find out about opportunities at the last minute, or on a timeline that doesn't fit these deadlines. Applications received after week 2 will be considered if funds are available, and must include a statement of 3-5 sentences articulating why they should be considered after the deadline. 


Overview

This award is designed to support outstanding graduate and law students pursuing professional development or training enrichment activities that would provide (a) unique opportunities not normally available as part of the degree program; (b) intensive, focused development in a particular professional skill area; and (c) will advance the student’s progress toward graduation and/or career goals.  


Award Details

  • Up to $2,000 will be awarded to each student. Available funds are limited each term.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Master's, doctoral, and law students
  • Must be a full-time student

This award is designed to support outstanding graduate and law students pursuing professional development or training enrichment activities that would provide (a) unique opportunities not normally available as part of the degree program; (b) intensive, focused development in a particular professional skill area; and (c) will advance the student’s progress toward graduation and/or career goals. 

Note: all available funds have been awarded for this year. Applications are now being accepted only for activities that will take place after September 15, 2022. 

  • Examples of professional development activities and expenses include, but are not limited to:
    • Registration for and travel to a specialized training
    • Registration for a writing workshop
    • Consultation or tutoring services related to writing for publication or statistics
    • Purchase of unique and specialized materials needed to advance professional development
    • ​Intensive language training not available at the UO
    • Training or seminars related to the use of specialized lab equipment
    • Unique performance techniques or new research methodologies
    • Field or career-specific instructor/facilitator training or certifications

Application

Applicants must apply online. The online application includes:

  • A statement of 500 words or less summarizing your proposed professional development or training enrichment activities. The statement should explain why this is a unique opportunity and how it will advance your degree completion and/or career goals.
  • A budget for the proposed activity, no more than 1 page
  • Recommendations from 2 faculty members:
    • Enter recommenders' contact information on the application. They will receive an email with a link to provide their recommendations.
    • One letter from your primary faculty advisor
    • One letter from another UO faculty member​
    • The letters should characterize the student’s past academic achievements, evaluate the proposed activity, and describe how the activity will contribute to the student’s academic progress

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Note: Once you are logged in to the Scholarship Dashboard, hover over "Opportunities" and select "Specialty Awards" to find the Gary E. Smith Scholarship. 

For more information, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Students with Financial Aid
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.

You may apply for this award regardless of immigration status or work eligibility.